Crude Oil in One Hour, Not Millions of Years

first_img(Visited 82 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A slurry of algae with the right heat and pressure can produce crude oil in one hour.The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has succeeded in producing crude oil in an hour and is now working on making the process run continuously for rapid production. The process is actually faster than an hour, Science Daily reports:Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup….In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor. Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae.Science Daily contrasts the rapid oil-producing process with the “millions of years” nature supposedly used.  The headline reads, “Million-Year Natural Process Takes Minutes in the Lab.”  Engineer Douglas Elliott believes that, too:“It’s a bit like using a pressure cooker, only the pressures and temperatures we use are much higher,” said Elliott. “In a sense, we are duplicating the process in the Earth that converted algae into oil over the course of millions of years. We’re just doing it much, much faster.“As our entry five years ago indicated, though (11/25/08, #7), scientists are not really sure how the earth produces crude oil.  Experiments with fungi back then were so efficient at producing fuel from plant matter, a spokesperson said it “calls into question the whole theory of how crude oil was made by nature in the first place.”When you hear the moyboys tossing around their millions of years recklessly like this, realize they don’t know.  They never experienced a hundred years, let alone a million.  They are just creatures of habit, breathing out their assumptions like smokers puffing smoke.  How long does it take to make oil?  Minutes.  Was there plant material after the Flood?  Lots of it.  Was there heat and pressure?  Plenty.  If you like your science built on empirical data, there it is.last_img read more

Here Comes Cosmos Again

first_imgCarl Sagan’s TV series Cosmos is coming back in version 2.0 with a new cast of atheists to spread the gospel of scientism.Two generations have passed since Cosmos became a hit TV series in 1980 with the atheist popularizer of science, Carl Sagan.  Now, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the PhD astrophysicist and director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, is reviving it with the help of PBS and Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan.  Tyson, no less enthusiastic and articulate than his predecessor (if not more so), is also, like Sagan, an atheist, a staunch believer in cosmic evolution, and a passionate defender of science as the fountainhead of all certifiable knowledge.The new 13-episode Cosmos series will begin airing in March on Fox and the National Geographic channel.  Space.com tells about the “rebooting” of the series and how, 34 years later, it is being recast for a new generation that expects cutting-edge video and audio.  A video clip promoting the new series begins with Sagan’s memorable opening manifesto of materialism from the old series, “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be” – an assertion beyond science that launched a thousand commentaries and criticisms, such as the book Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s Religion for the Scientific Mind by Christian apologist Norman Geisler.Producer of Cosmos 2.0 Brannon Braga (Star Trek) describes the series as, if not opposed to religion, at least one-up to it:“Science doesn’t have to be the opposite of religion in terms of its emotional value,” he said. “Science can move you like any other story. Science can be a visceral, emotional experience. Religion doesn’t own awe and mystery. Science does it better.“The producers expect the new series to continue on past its initial release in reruns, disks and other media platforms for many years.  Undoubtedly there will be a book and website.  While clips of Sagan will be interspersed in the shows, Tyson will have many advantages not available to Sagan in 1980: the internet, social media, and 34 years of planetary and astronomical discoveries.The original Cosmos was criticized for its promulgation of a largely debunked “warfare hypothesis” of science vs religion.  Judging from the trailer, that theme will still be prominent.  Sagan portrayed religion as anti-intellectual, responsible for all the wars and regresses of nations.  Science was always the savior and liberator of mankind.  Central to the plot was Darwinian evolution – not just biological, but cosmic.  The trailer includes flashbacks that will probably make it into the “reimagining” of Cosmos: religion burning Giordano Bruno at the stake for suggesting the possibility of life on other worlds, for instance (a largely distorted, though inexcusable incident – he was killed for other sins, historians say).As Cosmos 2.0 makes “the case for science,” it will undoubtedly equate science with cosmic evolution.Critics of scientism had better prepare themselves, because this miniseries is bound to be very appealing to a lot of people, including Christians, Jews and other theists.  It will also provide a shot in the arm to the new atheists who are becoming increasingly assertive.  Cosmos 1.0 took on a life of its own that has lasted for over 3 decades, reaching around the world as one of the most successful and widely-watched science documentaries in TV history.  Now, with 34 years of progress in animation, production quality and scientific advances, it would be surprising if Cosmos 2.0 does not surpass its famous predecessor.One reason is Neil deGrasse Tyson himself.  He is a dynamo: energetic, tall, muscular, handsome, articulate, smart, funny, possessing an engaging aura that exudes positive vibes.  For some, he will gain extra points simply for being black.  He’s likeable, very intelligent, and already has a big following.  I’ve seen how effective he is as a communicator; once he gave a special video greeting to the Cassini team and had them all on the edge of their seats.  In my opinion, he will be more effective than Carl Sagan in communicating the case for scientism, especially when it’s clear from the trailer he will be presented to viewers as almost a demigod or superhero.  What is unknown is whether viewers who can download Lord of the Rings on a smartphone will be so jaded by high-tech wizardry as to find another miniseries just another miniseries.  Sagan didn’t have to compete with a thousand cable channels, Netflix and YouTube.Much of the appeal of Cosmos 2.0 will be all the stuff that’s right about it.  There will be plenty of good science, like a depiction of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and the Titan landing.  Christians will say “amen” as Tyson debunks astrology and other superstitions.  This will desensitize them to the poison in the pill, when the “warfare of science and religion” theme (largely discredited by philosophers and historians) builds bit by bit, anecdote by anecdote.  Many viewers won’t know the truth about the Bruno affair, the Galileo affair, and the Christian faith of great scientists, because the stories will be spun to fit the warfare mold.  He will also make the origin and evolution of life look very simple and plausible.  As Tyson announces “The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be,” his persona along with the careful scripting and appealing visuals will make it hard to dismiss.  Church-goers may come to their pastors with lots of questions.  The worst possible answer is: “I don’t understand science; just have faith.”Parents, pastors and youth leaders should not shield young people from the series; they’re going to get the same propaganda in college anyway, most likely, or in the general culture.  You don’t build strong faith by ignoring challenges.  You get it by facing them with better weapons and the skills to use them.  And Christians have the better weapons!  Despite its arrogant facade, the scientism theater is a house of cards if you know where the weaknesses are.  For instance, by using logical argumentation, evidence, and reasoning, Tyson and the cast will be cutting their legs out from their own materialistic feet.  Where does logic come from?  From hydrogen?   Perceptive viewers will also notice Tyson turning science into a religion, with superstitious imagery that makes astrology look tame (examples: a big eye embedded in the Ring Nebula; zipping around the universe on a whim faster than the speed of light, space aliens everywhere).  With a few master strokes, you can unmask the Cosmos production set as a den of thieves.  They plagiarize parts of the Christian worldview (belief in truth, logic and morality) to build a materialistic castle of paper on sand.  Pastors and teachers can empower young people and adults with good answers and apologetic training; it will make them stronger after the battle than before.  It can actually make them excited about their faith, more passionate to defend it.Specific unbiblical scientific claims should be faced.  Creation-Evolution Headlines has a search bar for researching many evolutionary claims; if you don’t know something, look it up.  Don’t be overly critical; for instance, both Tyson and Sagan are reputable astronomers deserving respect for their science; Sagan did valuable work for NASA’s Mars and Venus missions, for instance, and became a bit less arrogant in his atheism in later years.  Be circumspect in your criticisms; don’t call them fools or evil; go after the claims, not the men.  But especially, freshen up your critical thinking skills with our Baloney Detector, recognizing card stacking, big lie*, half truth, visualization**, loaded words, glittering generalities***, suggestion, reductionism, red herring, equivocation, straw man, and other tricks of the propaganda trade.  Since the series will be heavy into astronomy, read up on our biographies of Newton, Galileo, Kepler and other Bible-believing astronomers; also, know something about the anti-Darwin biologists and the sordid history of the Darwinian revolution.  A prepared mind can enjoy the good aspects of the series, learning things, appreciating its strengths but remaining alert to its weaknesses.  It’s safe to say this will be one of the strongest and most consistent presentations of scientism one is likely to see on TV.  If you can rock that Goliath to sleep with a logical stone, you’ve got reason for confidence.*Example of a big lie from Cosmos 1.0:  Sagan stated emphatically, “Evolution is a fact, not a theory.  It really happened.”  Then he tried to illustrate it with trivial examples of microevolution and even artificial selection.**Example of visualization: In Cosmos 1.0, Sagan narrated a series of one-dimensional drawings of animals morphing into one another, following evolutionary stages from bacteria to man.  This is not only asinine, but contrary to evolutionary theory itself.  Straight-line “orthogenesis” is a debunked theory.  Animals do not evolve as one individual into another; offspring and whole populations must be considered.  It was pure propaganda – simplistic, at that.***Example of glittering generalities: In the last episode of Cosmos 1.0, Sagan summed up the whole cosmic evolution scenario in sweeping generalities.  At one point, he said, “Eyes evolved, and now the cosmos could see.”  As evolution advanced, leading to sumptuous scenes of civilization, transportation and space exploration, with a final musical crescendo, he capped it all off with this monstrous generality that he admitted sounds like “epic myth”: “These are some of the things that hydrogen atoms do, given fifteen billion years of cosmic evolution.”(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

McGregor dominates at Surfski WC

first_img“I felt Dawid wasn’t going at his natural pace when he went with Hank early on, and I decided then to just race my own race. “As we got closer to the finish and I finally decided to go I found my extra weight almost seemed to help me catch the runs and in turn I managed to go past Dawid,” he added. Daryl Bartho/Warren Jacobs 1:49.14Quinton Rutherford/Grant Woollastone 1:50.11Ryan Butcher/Jean-Luc Mauvis 1:50.56Brett Hadiaris/Ross Fountain 1:54.34Brett Bartho/Danica Vorster 1:55.25 “That’s three wins out of five World Cups for me in my hometown, but more importantly, I’m feeling really good about my form at the moment,” said McGregor. Having teamed up with rising Cape star Sean Rice in what appeared to be a dice for third place, with six kilometres to go Bouman took off, dropped Rice, and sliced past Mocke to claim his second runner-up medal in as many years. Mocke, who was under-prepared for the event because of a crippling 10-week ankle injury, spent most of the race on her own and struggled in the flat conditions. RESULTS (SA unless otherwise stated) Dominic Notten 1:59.19Craig Flanagan 2:03.58Kyle Friedenstein 2:05.23Kenny Rice (u16) 2:07.33Calvin McKie 2:14.57 While McGregor might well bask in the limelight, Bouman’s sensational charge in the dying stages of the race went largely unnoticed. ConvincingMcGregor masterfully negotiated the mean backline and shore break at the finish at La Mercy to post a convincing victory from a storming Matt Bouman and a somewhat disconsolate Dawid Mocke, who crossed the line in third. ‘The best’“As much as I hate to admit it, there is no doubt about it, Hank is the best paddler in the world,” said Bouman, repeating the words of Mocke in the pre-race media briefing. 27 June 2011 Hank McGregor 1:44.56Matt Bouman 1:45.31Dawid Mocke 1:45.59Sean Rice 1:47.26Tom Schilperoort 1:49.01Barry Lewin 1:49.52Jasper Mocke 1:50.22Bruce Taylor (Aus) 1:50.27Grant van der Walt 1:50.46Clint Pretorius 1:52.27Mark Anderson (Aus) 1:55.12Richard von Wildermann 1:55.36Brandon van der Walt 1:55.58Adam Nisbett 1:56.51David Slachta (Fra) 1:57.12Yannick Laousse (Fra) 1:57.26Murray Smith 1:58.05Dean Gardener (Aus) 1:58.44Dominic Notten 1:59.19Hennie Roos 1:59.54 ‘Obliterated“When you get totally obliterated, like Michele did to us today, it’s easy to see why she’s the best female surfski paddler on the planet. She was just too good for us and I felt like I was going backwards trying to stay with her,” said second placed Nikki Mocke. MEN Having worked so hard to stay with and challenge McGregor, defending champion Mocke had to settle for the bottom step on the podium. Tenacious Australian Ruth Highman took third in the women’s race despite the complete lack of favourable downwind conditions that she has become accustomed to in Perth. DOUBLES While it is difficult to measure her performance in terms of margins of victory in the women’s race, she finished 25th overall in one of the most impressive performances by a female in an international event for many years. The big crowd at the finish was treated to plenty of entertainment as the massive eight-foot backline surf saw many crews’ races end in agonising swims with countless skis broken in the crunching shore break. After a week of volatile weather forecasts the anticipated south-west weather conditions never materialised and the huge field of singles and doubles had to slog across Durban Bay to Umhlanga and onto the Umdloti River mouth with regular pods of dolphins for company. Hank McGregor snagged his third Dunlop Surfski World Cup title in Durban on Sunday, comfortably beating a powerful field and taming an uncooperative flat ocean to win the 26-kilometre race and the R40 000 winner’s prize. “The beach break at the new finish was a bit of a lottery, so I knew I had to put the hammer down and try to get some time in the bank,’ he added. SAinfo reporter “At one stage I was screaming ‘How can there be 395 paddlers doing the same 26-kilometre race and I am all on my own?’” she chuckled afterwards. He now sets his sights on the defence of his Windhoek Berg River Canoe Marathon title in three weeks’ time. “I went through a bad patch just after Umhlanga and I think Hank sensed I was battling and really pushed hard,” said Mocke. “Towards the end Hank managed to string together a couple of runs, which I was unable to do, and when a guy of his quality gets ahead of you by 15 or 20 metres you find yourself going backwards pretty quickly,” he added. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Carnival-likeWith just less than four hundred paddlers entering the event the Dunlop Surfski World Cup set a new world record for participation in an international event and got under way in a carnival-like atmosphere at Addington Beach. Michele Eray 2:02.00Nikki Mocke 2:07.38Ruth Highman (Aus) 2:14.02Donna Winter 2:19.19Kirsty Wessels 2:22.55 “I felt terrible coming into the race. I spent all of Saturday lying on the couch like a granny and was not feeling good at the start. I got a small lead at the 800 metres turning buoy and was able to slowly pull away on my own from there,” said Eray afterwards. Women’s raceThe women’s race was totally dominated by Eastern Cape Olympian Michele Eray, who shrugged off a crippling dose of flu to win going away from defending champ Nikki Mocke. “At Peace Cottage, just after Umhlanga, I decided to make a move,” said an elated McGregor after his win. “Dawid (Mocke) didn’t come with me and I knew that was my chance.” JUNIORS By the 18-kilometre mark, with the world record field of paddlers snaking their way past the Umhlanga lighthouse, the contest had been reduced to a two-horse affair, with McGregor and defending champion Dawid Mocke trading blows like heavyweight fighters. WOMENlast_img read more

Rhino poaching: ‘joint efforts needed’

first_img3 May 2012 While the government is stepping up measures to combat rhino poaching in South Africa, joint initiatives are called for if the war is to be won, says Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Speaking in Cape Town on Wednesday ahead of her department’s budget vote in Parliament, Molewa said South Africa had lost a total of 199 rhinos to poacher since the beginning of the year. “I would like to assure you that the department, our provinces and its public entities such as SANParks view this illegal killing of our national treasure in a very serious light, and will continue to prioritise our fight against this crime jointly with our security cluster ministers and their departments,” she said. Molewa said the government would continue to implement the initiatives set up last year, as well as introduce added measures to combat poaching. South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members, working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, have been deployed to various borders, and a crime line has been established to improve cooperation with the public as well as to provide easier access for would-be informers.Cross-border conservation partnerships Molewa said the ongoing scourge underscored the importance of collaboration between southern African countries in the development of transfrontier conservation areas. “The resolution is not managing through fences, but to continue the southern African initiative of cross-boundary conservation partnerships,” she said. The minister added that South Africa was working with perceived transit or consumer countries in the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. According to the latest statistics from the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Kruger National Park is still the most targeted area, having lost a total of 119 rhinos from the beginning of this year. Targeted provinces include Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and KwaZulu-Natal, together accounting for 73 of the rhinos killed this year. A total of 122 arrests have so far been made, of which 108 were poachers, 10 receivers/couriers, and four couriers/buyers. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The British Library — Geocache of the Week

first_img6. That 6-story UV-filtered glass-encased library? Those are books were personally collected and acquired by King George III from the 18th century. Location:London, United KingdomN 51° 31.735 W 000° 07.653 If you’re ever in London with a couple of hours to spare, consider tackling the amazing The British Library Multi-Cache. At this time, I would like to give HUGE THANK YOUS to geocacher extraordinaire zephyrsailor for taking me all over London to see this an other amazing caches. 🙂Anyhoo… The husband and wife geocaching team of Nickie! & Brian~! hid the Multi-Cache in January of 2011. Bryan writes, “I’ve been given co-credit for the cache, but it was really all Nickie’s work, I just tested out some of the maths involved.” The difficulty three, terrain one geocache was placed with the permission of the British Library. Geocachers explore several key locations in the library to discover clues in paintings, plaques and signs.Start outside the library in the piazza at the statue of famed English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist Sir Isaac Newton. 3. Ready for your mind to melt? Feast your eyes on Paradoxymoron by Patrick Hughes. The Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook, and Beatles manuscripts are housed here.3 million new items are added every year.If you saw 5 items a day, it would take over 80,000 years to see the entire collection.The six-story King’s Library, started by King George III (reigned 1760-1820), is showcased here.It hosts Multi-Cache GC2M0AF with close to 1200 Favorite points! Facts about the British Library:* 7. Who takes care of all these historical books and artifacts? The Conservation Centre. Head over there for the answer to stage “G”. 5. Head into the Sir John Ritblat Gallery to find a very large globe donated by a very historical figure. 4. Check out the scale model of the library. (No, it’s not a center for ants.) Difficulty:3Terrain:1 9. Next stop is the Newsroom where you can find news sources from the 1600s. You will be greeted by a bust of Sir John Lawrence. 8. There is an entire Manuscripts Reading Room at the British Library, and you’ll see a painting of 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer Robert Harley as you enter. 2. Come back to the foyer inside the building to the statue of Sir William Shakespeare. Maybe you’ve heard of Bill’s work? SharePrint Related”The British Library” GC2M0AF GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 10, 2011October 10, 2011In “Community”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Death in Venice — Geocache of the WeekMarch 1, 2017In “Community” Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Woohoo! Now get all the clues you solved and enter them into N51 GH.CAI W000 DB.EJF. This will take you to Stage 2, located outside. Inside this container you will find the location of the final stage, located back inside the library. This cache is very large and can hold many trackables, lots of SWAG, or even a small child! Write something lovely — you and the cache owner have earned it. Cheerio! *Thanks to TimeOut London and the British Library for extra information! 10. Your final stop is the Map Reading Room foyer where you will find a GIANT atlas. Multi-cacheGC2M0AFby Nickie! & Brian~!last_img read more

Imphal blast kills two BSF men

first_imgAn improvised explosive device (IED) blast killed two Border Security Force personnel at Koirengi on the northern edge of the Manipur capital, Imphal, on Wednesday afternoon.This is the second attack on paramilitary forces within 24 hours. An Assam Rifles constable was injured after suspected militants lobbed two hand grenades at troopers on Tuesday.The police in Imphal East district said the IED, presumably planted by insurgents, was detonated about 2pm outside the gate of the BSF outpost near Koirengi Airfield on the Imphal-Dimapur highway. The blast injured five people.”Two BSF men, both constables, succumbed to their injuries in the hospital. Two civilians, including a woman, are in critical condition,” K. Meghachandra, Imphal East district police chief, said. The two constables were identified as N.M. Meitei and Sanjay Tirkey.So far, none of at least six active Imphal valley-based insurgent groups have claimed responsibility for the two attacks in as many days.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan back in the race as rain helps their cause vs South Africa

first_imgPakistan edged South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method on Wednesday to keep alive their Champions Trophy hopes as rain continued to play havoc with the tournament.Hasan Ali produced a disciplined bowling display that allowed Pakistan to restrict South Africa to 219 for eight wickets in their 50 overs. Pakistan were 119/3 in reply after 27 overs when rain stopped play.The match at Edgbaston was abandoned two hours later, as the rain persisted, to hand Pakistan their first points of the tournament and leave them with a chance to go through to the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday in their last group game.Pakistan had lost to India in their opening match on Sunday, suffering a crushing 124-run defeat as they chased a rain revised target.South Africa, who were the top ranked one-day team going into the tournament, now face a tough fight with India at the Oval on Sunday if they are to advance.South Africa, Pakistan and Group B leaders India, who take on Sri Lanka in their second match on Thursday, are all tied on two points. The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.Hasan Ali took two wickets in successive balls on his way to figures of 3/24 off eight overs while Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim also contributed with two wickets each.”We bowled in the right areas and our fielding was much improved,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.David Miller toiled to keep South Africa’s batting from not imploding further as Pakistan took regular wickets to shackle an impressive batting line-up.advertisementMiller finished not out on 75 off 104 balls after a dogged innings that included a 48-run partnership with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket.South Africa suffered two ‘golden ducks’ with captain AB de Villiers dismissed with his first delivery for the first time in his ODI career, slashing the ball to Mohammad Hafeez at backward point. Wayne Parnell also fell first ball when he was clean bowled by Hasan Ali.Morne Morkel came on as first change to remove both of Pakistan’s openers in his second over and reduce Pakistan to 41/2 in their reply. Debutant Fakhar Zaman went for 31 and was followed two balls later by Azhar Ali for nine.Morkel had Hafeez caught in the deep for a third wicket but by then Pakistan had accelerated the run rate and gone ahead of South Africa on the D/L method.”We were outplayed by a better team. We came out with a good attitude in the field but just came up short,” said De Villiers.”We know what is required now against India and we’ll have to up our game to get past them.” Inclement weather has produced two ‘no result’ matches and interrupted others with a 20 percent probability of rain for Thursday’s India v Sri Lanka showdown in London, according to forecasters.last_img read more

Fabianski reveals how Pellegrinis changed West Ham

first_imgWest Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski believes their new-found form is due to Manuel Pellegrini’s ability to change the squad’s mentalityAfter losing his four Premier League games, Pellegrin has since led West Ham to seven wins in their last 13 attempts.The good run of form has moved the Hammers up to ninth-place in the standings and Fabianski reckons Pellegrini’s footballing philosophy has now been embraced by the entire team.“We were a group that needed a bit of time to find the balance within the team, to find the right way and what suits us when it comes to playing – the shape, the tactics – and what suits the manager best when it comes to picking a team to perform,” Fabianski told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Since the first four games we lost, after that, I think we’ve been in pretty good form during this period and I think the manager knows more about us as a group and what to expect from every single player, and what suits him best to get the best out of the team.“It was tactics and the mentality of the group [that have developed] as well. We understood more what his demands are, especially on the mental side of the game, his approach and how he wants his team to behave on the pitch in different circumstances. We understood his ideas of being a team a lot better.”Pellegrini’s side will next host Watford at the London Stadium this Saturday, where they hope to extend their winning run to five matches.last_img read more

Police confident Gulshanlike attack no longer possible

first_imgOn the evening of 1 July in 2016, five militants entered the Holy Artisan Cafe and Bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took dozens of people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe.Besides, two senior police officers – Banani Police Station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to overpower them.Thirteen people, including three foreigners, were rescued while 20 bodies of the hostages were recovered from the restaurant after a successful operation led by the 1st Para-commando Battalion, an elite force in the Bangladesh Army, codenamed ‘Thunderbolt’ the following day (2 July). Five militants and one restaurant staff were killed and one suspected militant was arrested during the drive.A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack. Later the case was shifted to Detective Branch of DMP. Now, Inspector Humayun Ahmed of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) has been investigating the case as its investigation officer (IO). The militants have no strength to carry out attacks like the one on Holy Artisan Bakery due to their weakening through anti-militant drives across the country, reports UNB.Monirul Islam, the chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, claimed this.”They may try to get reorganised again but we’ll hunt down the absconding militants, too,” he was quoted to have said during an interview with the news agency recently.Though the militants had been planning to do something again in March or during Ramadan but their efforts went in vein due to simultaneous anti-militant drives carried out since March this year, he said.”The terrorist attack on Twin Tower was the deadliest one for the USA. We can term Holey Artisan attack like ‘Twin Tower attack’ in our country,” said Monirul.The CTTC chief said the investigators have already identified the perpetrators involved in the attack. “The militants who went to the spot or directly involved in the attack, were killed on the spot,” he said.He said the militants who were directly involved in planning as well as to coordinate the attack have already been identified.”So far, eight militants who were involved in planning and coordination in the attack have already been killed in different places across the country during anti-militant operations in the last one year,” Monirul said.About financing in the Gulshan Bakery attack, Monirul said, “It seems that attack on the Holey Artisan Cafe; was a low-cost terrorism attack. It might cost Tk 8-9 lakh. They (militants) collected the money from their own sources. There was no need to collect money from foreign sources.”Replying to a question, the CTTC chief said firearms and explosives which were used in the Gulshan Cafe; attack were brought from Chapainababganj and Jessore.”We’ve already arrested Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mijan from Chapainababganj. He was shown arrested in the Gulshan Cafe; attack case and he confessed to his involvement in supplying firearms and explosives for the attack.”He said investigators have already identified five suspected militants-Mizanur Rahman alias Chhoto Mizan, Sagar, Sohel Mahfuz, Rashed alias Rash and Basharuzzaman alias Chocolate-who were involved in the deadliest attack.last_img read more

Womens March Unprecedented mass protests against Trump

first_imgMASS TURNOUTSHundreds of thousands more women thronged New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Boston, adding to a public outpouring of mass dissent against Trump unmatched in modern U.S. politics for a new president’s first full day in office.So-called Sister March organizers estimated 750,000 demonstrators swarmed the streets of Los Angeles, one of the largest of Saturday’s gatherings. Police said the turnout there was as big or bigger than a 2006 pro-immigration march that drew 500,000.Some 400,000 marchers assembled in New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, though organizers put the number there at 600,000.The Chicago event grew so large that organizers staged a rally rather than trying to parade through the city. Police said more than 125,000 people attended, while sponsors estimated the crowd at 200,000, the same tally they reported for Boston, and Denver..Smaller protests were held in such cities as Seattle, Portland, Oregon, Madison, Wisconsin, and Bismarck, North Dakota.The protests, mostly peaceful, illustrated the depth of division in a country still reeling from the bitterly fought 2016 election campaign. Trump stunned the world by defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state and first lady who made history as the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.Pam Foyster, a resident of Ridgway, Colorado, said the atmosphere in Washington reminded her of mass protests during the 1960s and ’70s against the Vietnam War and in favor of civil rights and women’s rights.”I’m 58 years old, and I can’t believe we are having to do this again,” Foyster said.Although Republicans now control the White House and both houses of Congress, Trump faces entrenched opposition from wide segments of the public, in contrast with the honeymoon period new presidents typically experience when first taking office.A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found Trump had the lowest favorability rating of any incoming U.S. president since the 1970s. Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new U.S. leader the day after his inauguration.Women activists, outraged by Trump’s campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be especially misogynistic, spearheaded scores of marches in the United States and sympathy rallies around the world on Saturday.Organizers said they drew nearly 5 million protesters in all, far surpassing crowd expectations.The demonstrations also highlighted strong discontent over Trump’s comments and policy positions toward a wide range of groups, including Mexican immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and environmentalists.In contrast to the heated, often shrill tone of the presidential campaign, and the grim imagery of “American carnage” Trump evoked in his inaugural address, the mood during Saturday’s protests was largely upbeat, even festive.Chanting such slogans as, “We need a real leader, not a creepy tweeter,” and “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go,” many marchers wore knitted pink cat-eared “pussy hats” in a reference to Trump’s boast, in a 2005 video made public weeks before the election, about grabbing women by the genitals.While women constituted the bulk of the demonstrators, many were accompanied by husbands, boyfriends and children.The planned centerpiece of the protests, a Women’s March on Washington, appeared to draw larger crowds than turned out a day earlier to witness Trump’s swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.No official estimates of the turnout were available, but it clearly exceeded the 200,000 marchers projected in advance by organizers, filling long stretches of downtown Washington around the White House and the National Mall. AROUND THE WORLDWomen-led protests against Trump, who has vowed that U.S. policy would be based on the principle of “America first,” also were staged in Sydney, London, Tokyo and other cities across Europe and Asia.Sister March sponsors boasted some 670 gatherings around the world in solidarity with the Washington event, estimating a global turnout of more than 4.6 million participants tallied through online march registrations, although those numbers could not be independently verified.Trump, in a Twitter post on Saturday, wrote, “I am honored to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!”Attending an interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral before visiting the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters, Trump made no mention of the protests.But he angrily attacked media reports, including photos, showing that crowds at Friday’s inaugural were smaller than those seen in 2009 and 2013, when Barack Obama took the oath of office for his first and second terms as president.”I made a speech, I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people,” Trump said at his CIA visit. “They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there.”Saturday’s march in Washington overwhelmed the city’s Metro subway system, with enormous crowds reported and some stations temporarily forced to turn away riders.The Metro reported 275,000 rides as of 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) Saturday, 82,000 more than the 193,000 reported at the same time on Friday, Inauguration Day, and eight times normal Saturday volume.The peaceful atmosphere of Saturday’s march contrasted sharply with unrest the day before, when groups of black-clad anti-establishment activists, among hundreds of anti-Trump protesters, smashed windows, set vehicles on fire and fought with riot police, who responded with stun grenades.Washington prosecutors said about $100,000 in damage had been done and 230 adults and five minors had been arrested.Clinton won the popular vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election by around 2.9 million votes and exceeded Trump’s support among women voters by more than 10 percentage points. Trump, however, easily prevailed in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that actually determines the outcome of the race.Trump offered few if any olive branches to his opponents in his Friday inauguration speech.”He has never seemed particularly concerned about people who oppose him,” said Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.But the lawmakers who Trump needs onside to achieve his policy goals may be more sensitive to the show of mass opposition demonstrated by the anti-Trump rallies, Levesque said.”Members of Congress are very sensitive to the public mood, and many of them are down here this week to see him,” Levesque said.last_img read more