…also blasts T&HD for unreliable ferry service By Lakhram BhagiratResidents on the Island of Leguan in the Essequibo River are calling on Government to urgently fix the ferry stelling since it is on the verge of collapse, warning that if emergency works are not executed immediately, then there is the potential for loss of lives since the stelling’s collapse is imminent.One of the rotten support postsGuyana Times visited the Island on Saturday where several residents, and even visitors, expressed their dissatisfaction with the state of the stelling. The timber planks supporting the stelling are rotten and this has caused fear for residents since heavy vehicles traverse the stelling. In addition, the decking is loose and uneven, with rails hanging on to literally nothing on certain sections on the ramp.Outspoken resident, Hans Buer, said he raised the issue of the stelling with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on several occasions, which resulted in the Minister responding to him on social media promising to have it fixed. He said the stelling has been in that deplorable state for over one and a half years and is rapidly deteriorating but no system is being put in place to have it addressed.The loose decking on the stelling“Minister Patterson messaged me (on Facebook) that the stelling will be repaired for about $150 million and it will come in the next budget (2019). They won’t do it this year. They tried last year with emergency repairs because anytime the stelling could collapse,” he said.Buer noted that apart from that communication sometime late 2017 and a follow-up earlier 2018, they have heard nothing else from the Public Infrastructure Ministry. However, he did say that Patterson pitched the idea of concrete posts for the stelling but they were told that would require additional funds which Government does not have at this time.The residents said putting concrete posts and wood decking serves no purpose hence they are calling for a fully concrete stelling, noting that it would last longer with little to no repairs.“Laden vehicles cannot use the lower ramp because it will fall out. The decking is unlevelled. You can fall. When the boat come in at nights, it is horrible because the stelling has no lights, passengers fall over the little rails and some of the boards on the decking have holes,” Buer noted.Buer told Guyana Times that in addition to lose decking and rotten posts, the lower ramp used to load laden vehicles onto the ferry is in such a deplorable state that vehicles are unable to access it. Vehicles have to wait until the tide is high enough for them to access the high ramp to off/on-load, which affects the business community since critical goods cannot be delivered in time and farmer’s produce perishes.Taxi driver Kelvin (only name given), said he has been a taxi driver on the island for a number of years and the stelling is the main hub for passengers but its current state results in the island seeing a decline. He explained that despite the deplorable state of the facility, they are being forced by the security guards to pay for gate passes every time they use the ramp but no consideration is being given to the damage of their vehicles.“The stelling been in this condition here for a good time and passengers all does walk right here and stump them foot and fall down all pon the stelling but the people them there don’t care,” the angry man said.“This stelling bruck down here, heavy vehicle can’t come on yah. The lower ramp ah float away. It ah happen long. Watch down deh where the wood drop the stelling drop. Heavy vehicle can’t go on deh. We want a new stelling… this stelling is nah good,” another resident lamented.Ferry serviceFor years, the issue of an unreliable ferry service has plagued the island but according to the residents, the issue has gotten worse over the last year since the MV Sandaka started encountering mechanical problems. The engine of the MV Sandaka was reportedly damaged a few months ago and emergency repairs were executed. However, it failed again a few days after and now the MV Malali is servicing Leguan. The MV Sandaka is docked at Mazaruni awaiting a new engine.“The MV Malali comes and makes the morning service on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. For many people it is sad. People can’t go in a speedboat when they sick because the (Leguan Cottage) Hospital doesn’t have everything. They can go only on Wednesday and when they want to go back so they have to wait for the 4pm (16:00h) steamer if it is going at that time. Sometimes it goes later because they have wait on the boats to come from Bartica,” Buer explained.On Saturday, the MV Malali docked at the Leguan Stelling sometime around 11:15h and had, on board, at least two laden trucks that were still waiting to be offloaded at 15:30h when a Guyana Times news team was preparing to depart the island.When enquires were made, this publication was told by the boat’s engineer, who was having a drink at a nearby Chinese restaurant, that the boat would leave the Island at approximately 17:00h when the tide rises so they can off/on-load laden vehicles.A few hours after arriving in Georgetown, a resident of the island, Patricia Peters, informed this publication that they were informed that there would be no ferry leaving the island.Residents say they are fed-up with the substandard treatment meted out to them and are demanding change in the management of the ferry system.
Photo: Fort St. John Fire Fighters tour area’s north of 112 ave Thursday night – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John Fire Department drove through some areas of the city with their lights and sirens on tonight to remind people to practice their fire safety plans and keep their fire detection equipment up to date.- Advertisement – The department was asking residents to test the batteries in their smoke alarms at 7:30 tonight, then evacuate their homes according to their fire safety plan.Advertisement Captain Greg Nicoll, Fire Prevention Officer for Fort St. John, says the drill was intended to get families to review their fire safety plan, especially with the younger members of the family. [asset|aid=413|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=58f5f7212ce7e926f373a16832cabf99-Greg Nicoll – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Captain Nicoll also says Fire Prevention Week is a great time to get your furnace serviced to avoid carbon monoxide leakage, and to test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector as well.
There are so many seminars on the latest fishing techniques you couldn’t possibly attend them all in one day so why not go to the seminar by Catmundo Ronson Smothers on catfishing. Trying to catch a catfish can be very frustrating, and Ronson is an expert that holds the state record for a blue cat he caught in Lake Irvine, one that weighed 89.65 pounds. Make sure you buy into the raffle at the Friends of Rollo booth to win a Davis Boat. The Davis is one of the top fishing boats in the fishing world. Buy a book? Mark Wisch has written another book called “Lifetime on the Water,” in which he relays many stories and fishing techniques. This book is a valuable addition to your fishing library. Stop by the Sitka Alaska, Kingfisher Charters booth, and say hello to Seth Bone. The most important seminar of the entire show will be the Anglers Caucus put on today Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. Learn about the latest Marine Life Protection Act designations and the coalition being organized to protect our fishing. Get there early, only the first 500 will be getting in. By the way, those show attendees that join United Anglers of Southern California will get into the show free. Giant squid are here Many giant squid were taken over the weekend by both Dana Point and Newport sportboats. The Clemente sportboat picked up 28 of the monsters and hooked up over 100. The Freelance out of Daveys Locker caught over 100 with 60 of the brutes weighing 50 pounds or more. The Liberty out of Long Beach Sportfishing caught 146 squid on the backside of Catalina accidentally, while rockfishing. Reports from the Liberty say the 45-pound squid were on top of the water chasing everything in the area from sinkers to paper sacks floating around the boat. The squid are definitely in the area, and our local landings are gearing up for the onslaught. Pierpoint Landing is sending the Southern Cal out Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for squid only fishing. It leaves at 6:30 p.m. The Enterprise will depart also at 6:30 p.m. from Marina Sportfishing for squid fishing only. If you anglers are gearing up for the Humboldt’s, get your Squid Jigs now because many stores are sold out of them. You need the biggest you can find, not the small bait catching size. Some sea bass return Some white sea bass were caught at Catalina over the weekend. It wasn’t a wide-open bite but enough to say that the spring run is beginning. The guys that know how to catch their live squid for bait are now getting a few fish. Allyn Watson on the Dreamer who catches his own, caught seven sea bass Sunday the fish weighed from 34 to 57 pounds. Those that depend on the bait receivers are not catching them. The local bait barges have been out of all bait for the last few days. If you are depending on getting squid at the island, don’t rely 100 percent on getting it and take along plenty of frozen squid. White sea bass size restriction is that the fish must be at least 28 inches long. You may possess three fish except you can possess only one fish between March 15 and June 15. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s simple. The Fred Hall Show features only fishing boats and compliments the fishing only message communicated by the entire show. Almost every fishing boat in the country is represented and most of California’s boat dealers will be on hand. The Fred Hall fishing show running at the Long Beach Convention Center has more fishing boats on display than any other boat show in the state of California. Most of the other boat shows around the country have been declining in size and attendance, including most of the regional Southern California shows. Do you know why? Some of the show specials offered by the dealers cannot be duplicated. So, if you are in search of a boat, now’s your best chance money-wise. Attractions galore It’s very difficult to cover all that’s going on in the show. I could use up the entire Press-Telegram talking about all that’s offered to anglers. So I skimmed through the schedule and picked out some offerings that stuck out in my mind. First, if you bring your kids, you would be remiss if you didn’t let them land a fighting live rainbow trout from the Berkeley fishing pond. You will have to keep them on ice, so make plans accordingly. Attend a kayak seminar and hear about the latest and the most popular method of fishing that has arrived on the scene.
1 Patrick Vieira Sunderland are reportedly weighing up an approach for Patrick Vieira as Dick Advocaat edges closer to the exit door.Advocaat was persuaded to stay on as Black Cats boss in the summer after leading the club to Premier League safety last season on a short-term deal.But this term has been a disaster so far, with Saturday’s defeat at Manchester United leaving Sunderland bottom of the table and without a win in seven games.Advocaat has said he would be willing to step aside if the club can find a better candidate.And, according to the Daily Mirror, Sunderland chiefs are giving serious consideration to approaching Vieira about replacing the Dutchman.The Arsenal legend is currently coaching Manchester City’s development squad and is thought of highly by those within power at the Etihad.It remains to be seen whether he could be lured away from City, but the report claims Sunderland have put him at the top of their list to replace Advocaat should he depart.
Argentina’s most capped player Javier Mascherano announced his retirement from international football following the country’s 4-3 World Cup last 16 defeat to France on Saturday.The 34-year-old called it a day having recently broken Javier Zanetti’s record to become the highest appearance maker in his nation’s history. It is as yet unclear whether Lionel Messi will follow in Mascherano’s footsteps getty 2 Mascherano represented Argentina at the last four World Cups 2 Mascherano has played for Argentina 147 times and overtook Zanetti (143) with the opening game against Iceland.The centre-back/defensive midfielder never won a major tournament with his country. He was a World Cup runner up in 2014 and Copa America runner-up on four occasions.Despite arriving at the tournament with a dream of breaking this pattern, his side were well beaten by a youthful athletic France side in Kazan.He will now continue his club career, currently playing for Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League.
Law enforcement officials and gang experts were equally as split about the meaning of the shoes. Some believe the displays, a custom going back for decades, indeed had nefarious connotations. Others say it’s just a harmless game. South Whittier residents were convinced the dangling shoes had a connection to drug sales in the neighborhood when they met with Jo Ann Eros-Delgado, facility director of the county Sheriff’s Department’s Community Resource Center, which helps coordinate law enforcement for the community. That could be, Eros-Delgado told them, but she couldn’t prove it. “We told them we couldn’t act on generalizations. When they say these shoes show they’re selling drugs in there, or there’s all this crime, well, we can’t act on that. We need to know specific violations and evidence,” she said. Said one deputy, who wanted to remain anonymous: “I don’t want people to know I did that,” recalling his own experiences throwing shoes over wires when he was a kid 20 years ago. SOUTH WHITTIER — A dozen pairs of shoes dangle from the telephone wires across from a public housing complex in South Whittier. Were they placed there as an advertisement for a local drug dealer? As some sort of signal to gang members? Or is it just teenage pranksters? The answer depends on whom you ask. “I asked the kids themselves about it,” said resident Angel Cabral, 65, who lives near the Sundance Vista apartments on Laurel Avenue, a government-subsidized complex managed by the county’s Housing Authority. “More than half said it meant drugs are sold there. The rest just said they did it because they didn’t have anything else to do.” “It was a guy thing,” the deputy said. “It was a show of machismo in my neighborhood. We’d throw someone else’s shoes over the wires to say, ‘Hey, I own you.’ “ Louie Quiroz, a volunteer who works at the sheriff’s Norwalk Substation, said the notion that tennis shoes hanging from wires is a signal for drug sales is just a Hollywood creation. Drug dealers are much too sophisticated to be so obvious, he said. “I think it’s just an urban legend,” Quiroz said. “These myths persist, but we’ve never heard or seen anything to suggest there is any truth to it. It’s just a legend.” Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The allegations “are inconsistent with our policies, values and culture,” the company said. “Best Buy is committed to a workplace free of discrimination. We do not tolerate discriminatory practices.” But Cheryl Chappel, who is black and who recently transferred from a Best Buy store in Chico to another in San Diego County, said she has been trying to be promoted to a better sales job for more than two years only to be rebuffed because of her gender. “I was told by several managers that I didn’t need to be on the sales floor. I was told females can’t sell,” Chappel, 48, told reporters at a news conference. Expanding Thursday’s lawsuit into a class action won’t be a simple task. It took three years and more than 1 million pages of evidence before a similar lawsuit alleging sexual discrimination against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was certified as a class action in June 2004. Wal-Mart, the world’s largest company, is still appealing that suit’s class-action status. SAN FRANCISCO – Six former and current employees of Best Buy Co. Inc. sued the electronics retailer Thursday, alleging the company has purposefully excluded women and minorities from top-paying jobs as part of a sales culture catering to white men. The civil complaint, filed in a San Francisco federal court, seeks to be certified as a class action so it can potentially represent thousands of women, blacks and Hispanics who work in Best Buy’s 731 stores nationwide. The Minneapolis-based company currently employs about 114,000 workers. The lawyers who filed the suit also hope to represent women and minorities who applied for jobs at Best Buy but were never hired. The complaint alleges Best Buy’s managers routinely ignore applications from people “who do not conform to the (company’s) young, white, male culture.” Best Buy hadn’t seen a copy of the entire complaint Thursday, but “vigorously” denied the allegations after reviewing a summary contained in a news release from the lawyers who filed the suit. The Wal-Mart suit has emboldened class-action lawyers to target other large employers, said Jeff Tanenbaum, a San Francisco attorney specializing in labor law. For now, the lawsuit against Best Buy looms as a public-relations headache as the merchant gears up for the final stretch of its busiest – and most profitable – time of the year. Best Buy ranks as one of the nation’s largest retailers, with its sales expected to exceed $30 billion this year. “It’s unfortunate that you can be tarred by the allegations in a lawsuit, even if they are never proven,” Tanenbaum said. “The public still remembers them.” The complaint paints an unflattering portrait of Best Buy, alleging the company has identified white people, especially men, as its most desirable customers. Best Buy created four hypothetical stereotypes to identify its most promising prospects, the suit alleges. The list includes: “Barry,” a white man with a six-figure income eager to buy expensive equipment; “Ray,” a white man who likes high-tech gadgets, even though he can’t always afford everything he wants; “Buzz,” a younger man fixated on video games; and “Jill,” a stay-at-home mom married to Barry. Best Buy spokeswoman Dawn Bryant said the suit misconstrues the retailer’s effort to fulfill the divergent needs of its customers. The suit alleges that Best Buy’s sales approach has had a domino effect on Best Buy’s employment patterns by steering women into lower-paying cashier jobs and minorities into the warehouse. Those practices have given most of the top sales jobs to white men, giving them a better chance to become managers, said Todd Schneider, one of the San Francisco lawyers who filed the suit. Bill Lann Lee, another attorney involved in the case, estimated that white men manage more than 80 percent of Best Buy’s stores. Fewer than 10 percent of Best Buy’s store managers are women, lower than at Wal-Mart, where 14 percent of the store managers are women, Lee said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
STRONG DONEGAL ENTRY IN TEXACO ART COMPETITIONDonegal is strongly represented in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition.Some 516 students from the county are amongst those from all parts of Ireland who are taking part in the Competition – the 61st year of the event. Judging of entries is currently taking place with the winners to be announced in mid-April. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that takes place in Dublin in May.Pictured admiring one of the entries received from Donegal is Bronagh Carron, Marketing Manager Valero Ireland. The work, entitled ‘Feed The Birds This Winter’, was submitted by 7-years old Lily Tanham, a pupil at Scoil Aodh Rua Agus Nuala, Donegal Town.DONEGAL KIDS IN THE PICTURE WITH TEXACO ART COMPETITION was last modified: March 20th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)
Self-deception seems hard-wired into the human psyche, and scientists are not immune from it.Jeremiah was right; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Consider the following examples.Mass murderers think they are good peopleSociologists at Ohio State were shocked when interviewing participants in the Rwanda genocide of 1994. In that horrendous act of evil, about a million Tutsis were murdered mercilessly by the majority Hutus. According to Phys.org, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, created by the U.N., listened as some 75 perpetrators of the murders testified about the reasons why they acted the way they did. Most of the murderers shoved memories of their actions into the background, and told interviewers they were such nice people, they couldn’t possibly be guilty of such crimes.“Genocide has been called the crime of crimes, and these accused perpetrators very much understood that,” said Hollie Nyseth Brehm, co-author of the study and assistant professor of sociology at The Ohio State University.“They were trying to protect their reputation. Rather than acknowledging their role, they emphasized what good people they were and talked about their good deeds and admirable character traits.“But are the Ohio State sociologists good people for rationalizing the rationalizers? Nyseth Brehm said, “When it comes to genocide, we like to think that the perpetrators are irredeemably evil, but they are not – they are psychologically normal people who are acting this way under social circumstances.” Brehm pretends to understand the evil within others, but in her view, isn’t she acting this way under social circumstances herself?Contrived research supports political biasSpanish sociologists, using a contrived questionnaire and a limited sample (240 students at one university, 80% female), concluded that conservatives are biased against minorities. This self-fulfilling prophecy was guaranteed by the materials and methods used in the study. Publishing in PLoS One, two sociologists, using apparent erudition and math, accomplished little more than confirming their own political ideology while pretending to be neutral. “In sum, our results contribute to the understanding of which specific components of the conservative values are related to the sensitivity to develop illusory correlations, which could be taking part in the development of prejudices against social minorities.” The lack of definitions, lack of controls and subjectivity make this paper worthless as a scientific study, though it mimics the format of a scientific paper.Most scientific papers are wrong; evolutionists to the rescueAt New Scientist, a headline shocks readers: “Most science papers turn out to be wrong. It’s time to fix that.” The subtitle clarifies, “Research findings often crumble under the microscope. Rows over the best way to fix this must end so we can stop trust in science crumbling too, says Robert Matthews.” The article sounds like a bad cop movie script:In these times of fake news, it’s good to know that there’s still one source we can rely on: the scientific community. Wielding rigorous standards of evidence, researchers can be counted on to give us trustworthy insights amid a sea of nonsense.Yet this, too, is fake news. For decades, scientists have been using flawed methods for turning raw data into insight about, say, the effectiveness of a new medical therapy or method of teaching. As a result, the research literature is awash with findings that are nothing more than meaningless flukes. No less shocking is the fact that researchers have been repeatedly warned about the problem, to no effect.The article ends by wallowing in bad news about unreliable statistics and lack of consensus about what to do. Matthews gives his final advice:It is time for statisticians to bury their hatchets and reach a pragmatic consensus. Unless they do, researchers will simply stick with the flawed methods they’ve always used – and leave the rest of us struggling to tell the fake breakthroughs from the real ones.But wait— who’s ‘the rest of us’, New Scientist? Aren’t you staunch evolutionists? So you’re expecting readers to believe you can “fix” the problem? Aren’t you the ones who think we are nothing more but evolved matter, and that morality evolves? Aren’t you the ones promoting survival of the fittest as the standard of morality? Who’s fixing the fixers?More examples of self-deceived ‘scientific’ theoriesYou can tell a self-deceived theory because it is self-refuting when applied back to itself.How truth wins in opinion dynamics along issue sequences (PNAS). In this paper, Noah Friedken and Francesco Bullo see ‘truth wins’ emerging in ‘natural systems’ of ‘opinion dynamics’ (i.e., interactions of people). “Consistent with all mathematically based science on dynamical natural systems, the goal of this field is to find an empirically supported parsimonious general mechanism of opinion updating that unfolds on any influence network topology and, thus, explains a large domain of observed realizations of influence system outcomes.” They think that ” the distribution of initial opinion errors (for all individuals nested in independent groups) evolves over time along an issue sequence toward a distribution in which the frequency of true initial opinions dominates.” But without the existence of an independent canon of truthfulness, their own paper falls under the evolving opinion dynamics within their own network topology (i.e., academia). As such, it is not true.Evolution of flexibility and rigidity in retaliatory punishment (PNAS): Four evolutionists toss another ring into the common game within academia of evolutionizing all human behavior. They fail to realize that this mode of explanation undermines their own theory. If “Natural selection designs some social behaviors to depend on flexible learning processes, whereas others are relatively rigid or reflexive,” then logically it also ‘designs’ the social behavior of writing papers about evolution.Working group urges better access to safe abortion, in developing world (Medical Xpress). What, exactly, is a ‘safe abortion’? This is like pretending there is such a thing as safe murder or safe suicide. This article uses the word ‘safe’ 30 times, and ‘health’ five times, as in the ‘World Health Organization’ working to provide more access to ‘safe’ abortions. The authors of this article, and all those working on the project, presume that an abortion is ‘safe’ if only one person dies instead of two. But if more babies die because of easier access to ‘safe’ abortions, is ‘world health’ better?‘My genes made me do it:’ Behavioral genetic evidence in criminal court (Phys.org). The authors of this article worry that genetic evidence can backfire in court:The use of genetic data to establish a physiological basis for violent or impulsive criminal behaviors is occurring more frequently in criminal trials. However, a new review finds that genetic evidence used in the courtroom is not likely to be effective in convincing judges and juries that the defendants are less culpable for their actions.The self-refuting nature of genetic determinism is easily seen here. If violent criminals are not culpable because of free moral agency, then neither are scientists and criminologists responsible for their theories. They pretend to have rational reasons for presenting genetic evidence that could exonerate criminals, but according to their own worldview, their genes make them behave this way.Why does divorce run in families? The answer may be genetics (Science Daily). Another notion based on genetic determinism is that certain people are genetically predisposed to divorce. This idea is based on a false syllogism: Premise: Genes control behavior. Observation: Divorce often runs in families. Conclusion: Genes are responsible.The study’s findings suggest that it might be useful for therapists to target some of the more basic personality traits that previous research has suggested are genetically linked to divorce, such as high levels of negative emotionality and low levels of constraint, to mitigate their negative impact on close relationships.“For example, other research shows that people who are highly neurotic tend to perceive their partners as behaving more negatively than they objectively are [as rated by independent observers],” Salvatore said. “So, addressing these underlying, personality-driven cognitive distortions through cognitive-behavioral approaches may be a better strategy than trying to foster commitment.“This advice presupposes objectivity, but where is the gene for objectivity?Remember when you find that word ‘useful’ in a science article to ask, ‘Useful to whom?’ By reflexively applying these psychologists’ own notions to themselves, we could suggest it might be ‘useful’ to cure their genetic disease of self-refutation by employing a strategy that mitigates the underlying, personality-driven cognitive distortions about objectivity through use of cognitive-behavioral approaches on the psychologists.When we see self-deception in others, we have to ask about the degree it occurs in ourselves. Since humans vary widely in opinions, and because our sense organs are not reliable, the only standard for objective truth is the Creator. Jesus declared himself to be “The way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), and said, “Follow me” (Matthew 16:24). The Light of the World leads us out of the darkness of self-deception into the light of truth. But how do we know He is the true light, that lights every man that comes into the world (John 1:9), when other messiahs proclaim themselves bringers of enlightenment? Jesus offered a test: “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-19) Scientists who concoct self-refuting ideas or rationalize evil bear fruit that devours itself; this cannot be right. Christ not only taught principles that nourish the good fruits of love, humility and altruism, He demonstrated his truthfulness by fulfilling numerous prophecies about coming to save sinners, by dying on the cross in our place, and by rising from the dead. Secular materialists who pretend to speak truth would run in circles if they relied on their own self-refuting ideas. So they plagiarize notions of objective truth from the Judeo-Christian worldview – the only worldview testifying that objective Truth is real, and having evidence to back it up.(Visited 486 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
5 February 2016Profiled in a recent New York Times (NYT) photo essay, South African photographer Chris Saunders says his love of the pantsula dance culture stems from its spontaneous and makeshift energy and the positive message the dance’s champions are trying to spread.“The guys are trying to spread a message of better living through the dance,” he told the NYT Everywhere you walk down a road, there’s kids playing, people dancing, people barbecuing, it’s (has) a vibe. It’s street culture.”What started as an eight-week assignment for Dance magazine soon turned into a six-year obsession with the art and artists of pantsula.As described in the NYT article, pantsula is defined as combining “precise and technical footwork and house music, (while using) hectic city streets as their stage, surrounded by traffic, pedestrians and vendors”. The dance moves are steeped in history, both cultural and political, and rooted in the African sense of community and the joy of freedom of movement.And it is not merely a dance of improvisation and spontaneity, with many dancers forming well-coordinated troupes that practise long hours to come up with the best and most original routines. For many in the townships, the pantsula dancer is both a hero and an entertainer.Together with German writer Daniela Goeller, Saunders set out in 2012 to comprehensively document the real story behind the dance, intent on recording the art form’s greater significance in modern South African youth culture. “There is no coherent documentation about this dance form, its history, where it comes from,” Goeller said in the NYT article. “There is really an opportunity to gather this information so this culture can be recognised.”Saunders explains that he didn’t want to focus on the negativity that surrounds the reality of a lot of people’s lives in the pantsula scene. “I wanted to focus on the dance, the beauty of the culture and what they’re trying to portray to the world.”Goeller, Saunders and four of the most respected pantsula dancers in Johannesburg have since founded the Impilo Mapantsula collective. It unites over 50 pantsula troupes from around Gauteng, supporting their professional development and improving their personal circumstances.Proceeds from Saunders’ photography exhibitions around the world, as well as a book with Goeller that documents the history and culture of pantsula, will contribute to helping the dancers fulfil their dance dreams and personal goals.Source: News24Wire/New York Times