PM Hails Late Dr. Charles Anderson

first_imgPM Hails Late Dr. Charles AndersonJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerJamaica’s Council General to New York, Herman LaMont, delivers Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller’s tribute at the service of thanksgiving celebrating the life of Jamaican-born Dr. Charles Anderson at the Bethel AME Church in Buffalo New York on Monday, November 9. RelatedPM Hails Contribution of North East Florida Medical Mission RelatedPM Hands Over 106 Land Titles In St. Elizabeth FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedPrime Minister Announces Changes to the Cabinetcenter_img PM Hails Late Dr. Charles Anderson Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 10, 2015Written by: Derrick A. Scott Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has hailed the late Dr. Charles Anderson for his outstanding service in improving the health care of Jamaicans and persons in the wider Caribbean.The Jamaican-born doctor, who resided in Buffalo, New York, died on October 28 at age 81.The Prime Minister praised Dr. Anderson for staying very closely connected to Jamaica, including as a licensed medical practitioner in the island. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has hailed the late Dr. Charles Anderson for his outstanding service in improving the health care of Jamaicans and persons in the wider Caribbean.“By any measure, Dr. Anderson was indeed a great of the earth,” the Prime Minister said in her tribute read by Council General to New York, Herman LaMont, at the service of thanksgiving in celebration of Dr. Anderson’s life, held on November 9, at the Bethel AME Church in Buffalo, New York.The Jamaican-born doctor, who resided in Buffalo, New York, died on October 28 at age 81.The Prime Minister praised Dr. Anderson for staying very closely connected to Jamaica, including as a licensed medical practitioner in the island.She said his staunch commitment was also reflected in his service as Chairman of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organization (NAJASO) and as a member of HELP Jamaica Medical Mission, as well as the Caribbean Medical Mission that provides free medical care throughout the region.“For two weeks each year, Dr. Anderson and the team of medical angels, some of them Jamaican born, would close their practices or deny themselves the customary relaxing vacation, and come to Jamaica to serve the health care needs of Jamaicans,” she said.She described his work with HELP Jamaica Medical Mission as “amazing and selfless.”“For over 17 years, he was part of the team providing “free, quality health care to thousands of Jamaicans in need, including residents of my own constituency of South West St. Andrew,” said the Prime Minister.Over 400 mourners, among them Jamaican nationals from all across the US, turned out to pay final tribute to this outstanding Jamaican medical practitioner.Among them were: Buffalo’s Mayor, Byron Brown; president of HELP Jamaica Medical Mission, Dr. Rudolph Willis; Chairman of NAJASO, Dr. Richard Constable; and NAJASO President, Rick Nugent. Rev. Richard Stenhouse delivered the eulogy.Dr. Anderson, who left Jamaica in 1958 to study in the US, had a brilliant career, which included co-founding the first African American family-owned medical practice in Buffalo.He is survived by Beverly; and children Charles, Brian, Monica, Charlene and Beatrice. Advertisementslast_img read more

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There You Go Again, Nathan Lents

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos TagsAdler’s Physiology of the Eyeblood vesselsDouglas Futuymaepithelial cellsevolutionGeorge WilliamsGordon WallsHuman Errorshuman eyeintelligent designJeanne SzalayJerry CoyneJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeKenneth R. MillerNathan LentsPaul Henkindphotoreceptor cellsPhysiology of the Human Eye and the Visual SystemRichard HansenSidney FuttermanThe Blind WatchmakerThe Vertebrate EyeZombie Science,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Nathan Lents is professor of biology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. In 2015, Dr. Lents wrote on his “Human Evolution” blog, “The human eye is a well-tread [sic] example of how evolution can produce a clunky design.” It’s clunky becausethe photoreceptor cells of the retina appear to be placed backward, with the wiring facing the light and the photoreceptor facing inward…. This is not an optimal design for obvious reasons. The photons of light must travel around the bulk of the photoreceptor cell in order to hit the receiver tucked in the back. It’s as if you were speaking into the wrong end of a microphone.According to Lents, “there are no working hypotheses about why the vertebrate retina is wired in backwards. It seems to have been a random development that then ‘stuck’ because a correction of that magnitude would be very difficult to pull off with random mutations” in the course of evolution.In 2017, I published a book titled Zombie Science, which included a chapter on the human eye showing why the “clunky design” claim doesn’t fit the evidence. The claim is false because the photoreceptor cells in the human retina are so active that they must be nourished by a dense network of blood vessels and constantly renewed by a layer of specialized epithelial cells. If the blood vessels and epithelial cells were in front of the photoreceptor cells, where Lents thinks they should be, we would be almost blind. Instead, human eyes (and the eyes of other animals with backbones) are very well designed.Apparently, Dr. Lents didn’t read my book. That’s OK; I don’t have time to read every book written even by my own colleagues. Instead, Dr. Lents just published his own book titled Human Errors, in which he repeats on page 5 his claim that the human eye is badly designed because the photoreceptor cells “appear to be installed backward.”Over thirty years ago, Richard Dawkins had used this claim as an argument for Darwinian evolution in his 1986 book The Blind Watchmaker. Since then the argument has been repeated by evolutionary biologists George Williams, Kenneth R. Miller, Douglas Futuyma, and Jerry Coyne, among others.But even before Dawkins published his claim in 1986, scientists writing in standard textbooks on eye physiology had shown why the “backwards retina” is functionally better than its opposite. Those scientists and textbooks included Gordon Walls in The Vertebrate Eye (Hafner, 1963); Sidney Futterman in Adler’s Physiology of the Eye (Mosby, 1975); and Paul Henkind, Richard Hansen, and Jeanne Szalay in Physiology of the Human Eye and the Visual System (Harper & Row, 1979). Abundant evidence that Dawkins’s claim was false had also been published in scientific journals in 1967, 1969, 1973, and 1985.Obviously, Dawkins didn’t bother to check the scientific literature before claiming that the human eye is badly designed. He simply assumed that Darwinian evolution is true and that he knew how an eye should be designed. Williams, Miller, Futuyma, Coyne, and Lents also neglected to check the scientific literature when they repeated Dawkins’s false claim.For most people (myself included), science is an enterprise that pursues truth by comparing hypotheses with evidence. For some people, science is an enterprise that searches for natural explanations on the assumption that everything can be explained in terms of material objects and the forces among them. Mind, spirit, free will, and God are excluded from consideration. The first is empirical science; the second is applied materialistic philosophy. When people persist in defending materialistic explanations even when they don’t fit the evidence (and are thus empirically dead), I call this enterprise “zombie science.” The argument that the bad design of human eyes provides evidence for Darwinian evolution and against intelligent design is an example of zombie science. Photo credit: analogicus, via Pixabay. Recommendedcenter_img Intelligent Design Jonathan WellsSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CultureJonathan Wells has received two Ph.D.s, one in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and one in Religious Studies from Yale University. A Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, he has previously worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California. He also taught biology at California State University in Hayward and continues to lecture on the subject.Follow JonathanProfileWebsite Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Life Sciences There You Go Again, Nathan LentsJonathan WellsMay 11, 2018, 1:58 AM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharelast_img read more

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Unified family courts bills advance in both chambers

first_imgUnified family courts bills advance in both chambers Unified family courts bills advance in both chambers April 1, 2008 Regular Newscenter_img Bills supporting creation of unified family courts have advanced in both the Florida House and Senate.On March 11, the House Policy and Budget Council approved HB 145, sponsored by Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, the last stop before it goes to the House floor.On the same day, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 628, the upper chamber companion to the Planas bill, and sponsored by Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise.Planas, who presented SB 628 in Rich’s absence, told the committee in brief remarks that the legislature itself could not create the unified family courts but the bills would remove impediments in state law as the courts work toward that goal.The Senate bill next goes to Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations. The bills provide legislative intent regarding the implementation of a unified family court program in the circuit courts, including: • Providing all children and families with a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases that involve children and families, while at the same time resolving family disputes in a fair, timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner. • Embracing methods of resolving disputes that do not cause additional emotional harm to the children and families required to interact with the judicial system. • Supporting the development of a unified family court and the state court system’s efforts to improve the resolution of disputes involving children and families through a fully integrated, comprehensive approach. • Focusing on the needs of children who are involved in the litigation, referring families to resources that will make their relationships stronger, coordinating their cases to provide consistent results, and striving to leave families in better condition than when they entered the system.last_img read more

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Pharmacist detained in connection with Gutter fetus

first_imgLocalNews Pharmacist detained in connection with Gutter fetus by: – July 29, 2013 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 71 Views   5 comments The fetus was discovered in this concrete drain on Tuesday, 9th JulyA pharmacist has been detained by police officials in connection with an investigation into the discovery of a dead four month old fetus. The fetus was discovered in a concrete drain in the village of Gutter on Tuesday 9th July. A medical practitioner later confirmed that it was male and consistent with a 20 weeks old fetus.A forty-six year old female of Gutter, the woman believed to be the mother of the fetus has also been detained by police in connection with the investigation. It is alleged that the woman may have purchased medication from the pharmacist and it is further alleged that he may performed an undisclosed procedure on her. Police have confirmed the arrest of the two individuals and said that they could be charged later today. The female was accosted by police on Wednesday 10th July and taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment. She was later discharged from the hospital and placed on sick leave. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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