Speaker formally declares PPP/C parliamentary seat vacant

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first_img…calls for replacement MP to be identifiedSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, on Thursday officially declared a seat vacant in the benches of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), subsequent to the resignation of Member of Parliament, Charles Ramson Jr.According to Dr Scotland, with Ramson’s resignation, a seat in the opposition benches has now to be filled by a person whose name is to be extracted from the list that Ramson represented.The young attorney tendered his resignation on September 30 last, and at the time had signalled his intention to pursue a Masters in Oil and Gas at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.In his letter to the National Assembly, Ramson Jr had explained that his course of action was so that he could pursue a Masters in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management given that Guyana was moving in the direction of becoming an oil and gas-producing nation.Ramson Jr is the second member of the Opposition to resign since being sworn in as a Member of the 11th Parliament following the May 2015 General and Regional Elections, where the PPP/C suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).Dr Clive Jagan had earlier this year tendered his resignation due to illness.Dr Scotland in announcing Ramson Jr’s vacant seat in the House, called on the representative of the list of Candidates for the PPP/C, to extract from the list the name of the person to become its newest Member of Parliament.Guyana Times has been told that the party is still to make a decision on who will be replacing Ramson Jr.Ramson Jr in his resignation had said: “It is absolutely critical for our national development that we have Guyanese who are technically trained in the oil and gas sector. This is particularly important for us as a nation in this preparatory phase as we frame the relevant policy, law and vision if we are to avoid the often cited ‘resource curs’ commonly associated with oil and gas producing nations”.Ramson was recently awarded a full scholarship from Chevening, a prestigious scholarship competitively awarded on a global scale funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.He had also expressed disappointment over two pertinent issues which prevailed during his time in Parliament, namely: the lack of youth representation at the parliamentary and cabinet levels, and the fact there needs to be a stronger commitment for national unity.It is expected that the PPP/C will be looking to have a new Member of Parliament sworn in ahead of the presentation of the 2017 Budget which is slated for December.last_img read more

World Bank to Help Liberia Source US$1B for Roads

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first_imgRenews its own US$150M commitment The Liberian Delegation to the 2018 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings held in Bali, Indonesia returns to to the county after scoring big successes at the meetings, a release from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism says.The delegation was headed by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, and comprised the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Minister of Public Works, Mabutu Nyepan, the President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), John Davis, and the Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority, as well as respective deputies and technicians.The delegation fielded meetings with the IMF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) the African Development Bank, Kuwait Fund, the Arab Bank for Development in Africa (BADEA), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Africa Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Citi Bank.At the meetings, the World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Dr. Hafez Ghanem, reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to supporting the government’s Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), particularly its priorities of road and human capital development. Dr. Ghanem reiterated the Bank’s earlier commitment to availing US$150 million of new and uncommitted financing for road development and to work with other development partners to scale up concessional financing for roads to the tune of US$500 million, while working with the private sector to crowd in an additional US$500 million.The delegation and the Bank agreed to jointly develop an implementation framework around three priorities, including scaling up financing for road investment, with the Bank promising to support the Government in its engagement with the China Export Import Bank; taking accelerated actions to transform Liberia’s human capital, with clear goals of significantly reducing under-five mortality, reducing child stunting and improving teacher and student outcomes. Based on deliberations, the Bank is fielding an early mission to discuss modalities around human capital development; and moving Liberia on an accelerated path toward a digital, cashless economy, while working to improve the business climate, which has worsened in the past four years.To support and deliver aims of local currency financing, the Vice President and Treasurer of the IFC, Mr. Jingdong Hua has agreed to visit Liberia in November to hold technical discussions with relevant stakeholders on fast-tracking the development of local currency financing modalities, which can both mobilize domestic savings for project financing, while relieving exchange rate pressure on the Liberian dollar.At a meeting with the African Director of the IMF, Abebe Aemro Selassie, Minister of Finance and Development Planning and the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia assured the Fund that the Government remains committed to stabilizing the current macroeconomic situation facing the country and thanked the Fund for recent technical missions as well as for planned missions supporting reforms and programs in fiscal, monetary and public financial management.Development partners from the Arab World– Kuwait Fund, BADEA and OFID– variously reaffirmed their support for the Government’s road development agenda. The Arab partners promised new financing to the tune of US$100 million in concessional borrowing as well as additional financing for feasibility studies of major road corridors.The meeting with the African Development Bank underscored the Government’s funding priorities under the PAPD, with the Delegation requesting a critical role for the AfDB in scaling up resources for road and human development.In response, vice president and chief Economist of the AfDB, Dr. Celestin Monga, noted that the AfDB supports the aims and priorities of the PAPD, and will work with the Government to deliver these aspirations.The delegation also held fruitful discussions with the President of the Africa Export Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Dr. Benedict Oramoh, who reiterated AFREXIMBANK’s commitment to deliver new trade-enhancing and trade-related financing to Liberia in the range of US$100 -$200 million in addition to financing the AFREXIMBANK has already provided. While thanking AFREXIMBANK for its various support for Liberia’s development, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning assured Dr. Oramoh of Liberia’s support for its Central Bank Deposit Program (CENDEP), which aims to redirect overseas reserve holdings of African countries for placement with the AFREXIMBANK. The Delegation promised to have Liberia participate in the upcoming Inter-African Trade Fair (IATF) scheduled for December 2018 in Cairo, Egypt.The delegation met representatives from Citibank to explore possibilities of developing a credit rating framework for Liberia that would enable rating agencies to assign Liberia a specific rating.  The consensus from the meeting was that the country stands to benefit from any rating, whether good or bad, since that sends an important transparency signal to the market. A follow up mission from Citi is expected in country to discuss the technical details and to broadly explore how Citi can support Liberia’s development.At the final meeting of African Governors of the IMF and the World Bank, during which African finance ministers presented their joint recommendations to the Managing Director of the IMF and the President of the World Bank, Minister Tweah called on the IMF to pursue fiscal consolidation—the process by which countries reduce spending and limit or avoid the accumulation of new debt because of debt sustainability concerns—on a context-specific, case by case basis. The Minister enjoined upon the IMF the importance of tailoring its technical assistance more toward domestic resource mobilization while simultaneously working with countries to grow their respective private sectors. He noted that in countries, such as Liberia, where acquired debt has not translated into sustained private sector growth, fiscal consolidation should be viewed differently from contexts in countries where the debt stock is better supportive of private sector-led growth.In remarks at the meeting with the President of the World Bank, the Minister focused on the need for the Bank and other Development Partners and Governments of Member Countries to work toward a more effective and efficient business delivery model, since the challenges to large infrastructure projects financed by concessional loans from multilateral institutions have implications for debt sustainability.In response, Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, agreed that the Fund needs to do more in reflecting the contexts and circumstances of different countries and noted that the Fund is reviewing its approach in this regard.  Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, observed that there are no easy answers in the efficient delivery of projects, noting that good progress has been made in this area, but that more progress is even possible if Governments became more transparent in availing data, for example, teacher attendance records, that can better inform the delivery of projects and programs.The government is now working with respective partners to deliver the outcomes of the 2018 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New multi-million CCTV command centre activated

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first_img…criminals, vehicles can now be easily tracked, monitoredA worker at the NDMA giving a demonstration of how the new CCTV command centre operatesA new multi-million-dollar CCTV command centre was activated on Friday and will be used to monitor criminals, suspects, and vehicles involved in crimes.According to Head of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) Floyd Levi, the command centre will enhance the capacities and capabilities of security agencies.He added that the NDMA is prepared to not relinquish, but to make this facility available, “it is our network corporation centre to members of the security sector so that they can commence operations here immediately. I know that there are certain pieces that have got to be put in place. There is identification of personnel, there is training and the other logistics to make this happen”.He stated that this centre, which is located near the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, has been dubbed the National Emergency and Response Command Centre, pending the approval of the Cabinet and that works on the construction of a brand new building to house this centre will commence within the next month.During a tour of the facility on Friday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan explained that the command centre is a part of the country’s broadband strategy and is in keeping with a smart city direction that will prompt efficient public security services in Guyana.According to Ramjattan, the pilot programme will begin in Georgetown, but eventually it should be extended to all regions of the country.Meanwhile, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes, who was also present at the event, explained this intelligence surveillance system, with specialised and modernised cameras and equipment, will offer direct benefits to Guyanese citizens. Most of all, it will ensure their safety, she noted.“What we are really showing you is how, through technology, we are able to guarantee a higher level of service to citizens in Guyana…I think this takes us up a notch…we are moving ahead in this area”.Minister Hughes added that it was two years ago that this project, through the country’s National Broadband Strategy and Programme, was started and is funded by the China Exim (Export-Import) bank and implemented through the services of Huawei.last_img read more

Voting begins for People’s Choice Alaska Highway Theme Song

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first_imgIf this happened, she adds, the songs would be re-recorded to ensure so they’re all on the same page as far as recording value goes.Voting ends of Feb. 29, 2016. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The judges have picked a winner of the Alaska Highway Theme Song contest, but they won’t reveal their pick until a People’s Choice title is given to one of the songs.The Peace Liard Arts Council has released a list of their submissions for the contest, and has them on display for voters to pick their favourite.“We received 23 submissions in all, so they’re all up on the website,” said Donna Kane with the Peace Liard Arts Council. According to her, a lot of submissions came in right before the deadline of Nov. 30, 2015.- Advertisement -Kane says they have received so many stellar submissions that they will also be awarding a big prize to the people’s choice, though that hasn’t been determined. The top pick of the judges, however, will win $1,000 and have their song played at 2017 Alaska Highway celebrations.She also noted that there is a distinct possibility of a CD being released with a select number of songs on it.“I thought it would be great to have a CD that tourists and community members could put in their vehicle, and drive up the highway listening to those songs,” she said.Advertisementlast_img read more

MAN CALLED GARDA A ‘PIGGY B******’ WHILE CELEBRATING HIS 21st BIRTHDAY

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first_imgA drunk Letterkenny man who was out celebrating his 21st birthday called Gardai ‘piggy b******s’ after he was approached at a Donegal festival.Letterkenny Court.Barry Gildea initially gave Gardai a false name when approached at the Lennon festival in Ramelton on July 13th last. However, Gildea’s false story was soon uncovered by Gardai when his friends referred to him by his real name.Gildea, of Correnagh, Letterkenny, appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with giving a false name and under the Public Order Act.Gardai said that when he was approached, Gildea called them a “f***** piggy b********.’The court heard Gildea has nine previous convictions – four for public order.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been to a number of hostelries while celebrating his birthday but had “let himself down” by the amount of alcohol he had consumed.“He panicked and thought he could bluff his way out of it. He was foolish and friends in company were already addressing him by his real name. He didn’t help matters by reaction,” said Mr Dillon.The court heard that Gildea went to Milford Garda station the following day to apologise.He also works voluntarily for his local football club, cutting grass and lining pitches.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that Gildea was building up a record and fined him a total of €350.MAN CALLED GARDA A ‘PIGGY B******’ WHILE CELEBRATING HIS 21st BIRTHDAY was last modified: November 25th, 2014 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) Tags:Barry GildeadonegalGardaiLennon FestivalRameltonlast_img read more

SOCCER: DONEGAL’S BRIAN SWITCHES FROM WOLVES TO DERRY CITY

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first_imgMICK McCARTHY wasn’t the only one who left Wolves yesterday – Donegal Town lad Brian McGroary has left the Midlands club to join Derry City.But unlike McCarthy, Brian wasn’t fired from his job – he chose to return home to resurrect his career after an injury hampered his opportunities at Wolves.“I know Derry want to push for the title and their style of play will suit me – it is the best option for me and a good place to further learn my trade,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing League of Ireland football, although it’ll be maybe six weeks until I’m fully fit.”The former gaelic footballer added that he would like to return to full-time football in England at some stage.“I know a lot of young players have gone on to play professional football after playing for Derry,” said the 19-year-old winger.   SOCCER: DONEGAL’S BRIAN SWITCHES FROM WOLVES TO DERRY CITY was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:brian mcgroaryderry cityDonegal TownWolveslast_img read more

Agenda full in Palmdale

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first_img Completion of the widening of Avenue S, between the Antelope Valley Freeway and 25th Street East, is expected during the year. The $25 million widening is described as the largest public-works project in the city’s history. “That will provide a beautiful entrance to our east side,” Ledford said. City officials also will consider acquiring the 120-year-old Palmdale Cemetery at 20th Street East and Avenue S to clean it up and secure it. Started in the 1880s by Palmdale’s first settlers, the cemetery has a tangled ownership record, and nobody has been taking care of it for years. “We have no interest in being in the cemetery-development game; however, there is an interest in protecting the city’s history,” Ledford said. “You have a rich history out there. The original Palmenthal was in the vicinity of the cemetery.” Palmenthal was founded in the 1880s by German and Swiss immigrants from Nebraska and Illinois. The adjoining cemetery was established in 1885 by the Zion Lutheran Church to serve the settlement. Palmenthal and Palmdale pioneers are buried in the cemetery – some under markers inscribed in German. Palmdale city government acquired 14 acres adjacent to the cemetery, and city leaders have mentioned the possibility of establishing a museum and historical park there. The community’s first school – a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1880s and now located at McAdam Park – might be moved to the proposed historical park, where there also could be exhibits detailing the railroad’s impact on Palmdale’s development. In May, city officials will open a municipal water park, DryTown at the Oasis Park. “That will bring pride to the east side,” Ledford said. “When I talk to kids at schools it’s like, wow, our city has a water park.” A branch library also is proposed at the Oasis Park, but Ledford doesn’t know if that can be developed in 2006. Ledford hopes construction can start in summer on a recreation center for Marie Kerr Park. Public safety, always a main focus, will stay in the spotlight in 2006, especially with the recent addition to the City Council of two law enforcement officers: Tom Lackey, a California Highway Patrol sergeant, and Steve Knight, a Los Angeles Police Department officer. Both made campaign promises to improve public safety. “We’ve got a very good program in place,” Ledford said. “But it’s not enough. Our community wants more.” Knight, who was elected to the City Council in November, has suggested creating a regional detail to handle issues along the city’s 10th Street West retail corridor. Ledford expects Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch programs to be enhanced. Watch groups could be important in disaster preparedness as well as crime prevention, he said. “You will see an enhancement of a grass-roots approach – getting the public to participate,” Ledford said. He expects the city’s retail boom to continue, especially on Palmdale’s east side around 47th Street East and Avenue S. City government’s next major push will be to develop a business park on vacant land at 10th Street West and Avenue M. The lack of water and sewer lines there has killed a number of development proposals over the years. City leaders may establish an assessment district on the property to help get water and sewer lines built, making the land more marketable. In the central part of the city, Ledford said he expects to see groundbreaking for the first phase of the Courson Connection project. A 75-unit housing complex and a new senior center will be in the first phase of a village that will connect the Civic Center and Courson Park. “That will bolster economic development in the central part of the city,” Ledford said. — Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Mayor Jim Ledford expects 2006 to be a prime example of his favorite saying: There’s more to come. Among priorities for 2006 are grass-roots efforts to fight crime, new park services, retail and industrial growth and an attempt to protect some of the city’s history, the mayor said. Starting the year, Palmdale will publicize itself in the Tournament of Roses Parade with the city’s inaugural float, titled “A Magical Place to Call Home.” “In terms of good feelings, community pride, that warm and fuzzy feeling – it’ll be huge,” Ledford said about the $150,000 float.last_img read more

DD COMPETITION: WIN A FAMILY PASS TO SEE ANY FILM OF YOUR CHOICE AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS

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first_imgManagement at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic family pass.Just answer the following simple question.What is Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane celebrating this Sunday 10th August?? Email answers to info@eclipsecinemas.comWinner will be chosen on Saturday.   DD COMPETITION: WIN A FAMILY PASS TO SEE ANY FILM OF YOUR CHOICE AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:DD competitionEclipse CinemasEntertainementFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

QPR and Stoke reportedly both keen on former Arsenal man Eduardo

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first_imgStoke as well as QPR are reportedly interested in former Arsenal man Eduardo.He almost moved to Loftus Road from Shakhtar Donetsk in January and is one of a number of strikers Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is considering as a possible signing.And it is claimed that Stoke’s former QPR boss Mark Hughes is eyeing the 31-year-old Croatian.Related West London Sport story: QPR in talks with Ajax over deal for strikerQPR face competition from Tottenham for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail.Centre-back Lascelles is wanted by QPRWest London Sport this week revealed that Rangers had made an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back. Forest have since insisted that he is not for sale.And the Mail say Spurs are planning to table a £5m bid for Lascelles, who made 34 appearances for Forest last season.It is also suggested that the player would prefer to stay in the north rather than move to London.Meanwhile, Chelsea have joined Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, the Express claim.The Argentine has been touted as a possible successor to Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.Three overseas clubs are looking to sign left-back Cole following his recent departure from Chelsea, according to Sky.Elsewhere, there is speculation that Chelsea may try to hijack Real Madrid’s bid to sign Germany international Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.There is also speculation over the future of Petr Cech amid reports that he could be ousted as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper by Thibault Courtois.Cech could face stiff competition for his place at ChelseaThe Mirror reports that Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar is confident the 32-year-old will be snapped up by a top European club if he loses his place.Kolar is quoted as saying: “We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available.“If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world’s top goalkeepers and has a certain salary.“There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we’re discussing two or three clubs in the world.”The Daily Star claim Eliaquim Mangala wants to join Chelsea despite Manchester City agreeing a £32m deal for the Porto and France defender.The Star also say Atletico Madrid have cooled their apparent interest in Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bees Make Beeline to the Headlines

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first_imgThe science journals and media were abuzz with honeybee stories this week.  We counted 18 press releases and half a dozen research papers related to aspects of honeybees, including the publication of the honeybee genome.  Many research labs seem to have gotten into the act of figuring out what makes bees tick.  The major stories are summarized below.Bee Genes:  Nature published the honeybee genome this week.  This is important not only to entomologists, but to social scientists interested in the unique social structure of these insects, and to ecologists and agriculturalists interested in the economic importance of honeybees as pollinators.  Summaries of the genome report can be found on EurekAlert, Science Daily, CSIRO, National Geographic.  Another EurekAlert story contains links to other research papers.  Surprisingly, bees seem to have fewer protein-coding genes than other insects.Bee Gems:  A fossil bee in amber claimed to be 100 million years old, 35-45 million years older than the previous record holder, was announced in Science.  Though it was predominantly bee-like in morphology, researchers claim it had some wasp-like characteristics that hinted of a common ancestry.  They’re claiming that the emergence of honeybees corresponded to the explosion of flowering plants.  Reports about this can be found on EurekAlert, Live Science, Science Daily, National Geographic and the BBC News.  The amber-imprisoned insect was in “remarkable condition, showing individual hairs on undamaged portions of its thorax, legs, abdomen and head. The legs and wings are clearly visible,” according to an Oregon State press release.Beehavior:  EurekAlert reported on work at Arizona State attempting to explain the complex foraging behavior of bees from data in the genome.Bee on time:  EurekAlert has a story about researchers at Hebrew University that found a surprise: “Biological clock of honey bee more similar to humans than to insects.”  Dr. Guy Bloch said, “Discovering that molecular characteristics of the biological clock in bees is closer to the biological clock of mammals than that of flies was a big surprise, since previously it had been thought that there is one type of clock that is typical of insects and another typical of mammals.  These results change our understanding of the evolution of circadian clocks.”Out of Africa:  A press release from UC Irvine and a EurekAlert echo of work from University of Illinois claim that the bee genome shows that bees first emerged in Africa.  This is based on a paper in Nature Oct. 26.Bee brain chemistry:  U of Illinois scientists are also figuring out the peptides in bee brains, reported EurekAlert.  A second EurekAlert story discussed findings about the chemoreceptors bees use to detect tastes and smells.  Apparently bees beat out fruit flies and mosquitos in smell receptors, but don’t have as much tasting equipment – surprising, considering their life around nectar.  Interesting fact: “There are a million neurons in the brain of a honey bee (Apis mellifera), a brain not much larger than the size of the period at the end of this sentence.”Pollen nation:  The importance of pollination (principally by honeybees) was discussed in Science Daily and a press release from UC Berkeley.  The second article contains images of how much better fruits develop when pollinated by insects instead of wind or self-pollination.Scientific papers on these topics could be found this week in Nature, Science, Current Biology and PNAS.There’s way too much material here to digest; links are provided for those who wish to follow up.  As usual, evolutionary storytelling occurs side-by-side with amazing observational facts about these marvelous insects.    We may get afraid of the occasional bee that hovers over our picnic plate, but the wealth in our supermarkets depends on them.  Most won’t sting you if you don’t startle them.  Take the time to get to know honeybees.  They really are spectacular creations.  Imagine a million neurons, coded with biological clocks and social instincts and flight software, all packed into a brain as tiny as a period on a sentence.  Evolutionists claim they have changed little in 100 million years, even after coming out of Africa once upon a time and taking over the world and causing an explosion in flowering plant diversity.  Let’s help science once again focus on facts, not fables.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more