Ebola Survivor Reunites with Family

first_imgA medical physician at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus, was Wednesday, July 16, reunited with his family at the J.F.K Cholera Division.Claudius Banarwolo, who started medication on June 28 this year, claimed that he contracted the virus from the nurse who recently passed out at the hospital.In a statement, the Chair of Ebola Management Committee, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, cautioned people to take Ebola seriously and report suspected cases immediately.He said when suspected cases are reported in a timely manner the Management Team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, will provide supportive treatment.Dr. Massaquoi, however, called on Liberians to help the Ministry by making use of the hotline estblished to report persons showing signs and symptoms of Ebola.Looking frail and pail, Claudius Banarwolo thanked God and the Ministry of Health for their continuous support during his time of illness.“It was the grace of God that has brought me thus far. I am saying this because, even before I came here, people pronounced me dead in my community or place of work. And to see myself here today, it is a miracle.“Since I was diagnosed positive, it has not been easy for me. I was in real pain; I even lost hope of surviving.“I contracted the disease from the nurse who died at hospital because I was the person assigned to treat her. At the time, she had not been tested to know what was wrong with her.“It is by the grace of God I am able to feel nature once more,” Banarwolo said shivering.Amongst the relatives who attended Banarwolo’s reintegration Program, Nennie Parker, who is also a health practitioner, said it’s about time the Health Ministry starts thinking about health workers.She said health workers remain vulnerable to diseases, viruses and other contaminable sicknesses even in the absence of Ebola.“The Ministry should start thinking about us because we are not protected. And in cases of high risk diseases, health workers stand greater chance of being contaminated than any other people. “So today, I am happy that my nephew is out safe and alive. His parents and relatives have been marginalized in the community. People have warned their wives and children not to go close to their home in order to stay alive.”“Ebola is real and dangerous,” she warned.Pastor Solomon Telewoyan, pastor in charge of the World Limitation Outreach Church in the Rehab Community, advised the religious community to remain strong in interceding on behalf of the country.He said that citizens should also pray for other suspected and confirmed cases.“As a church, we have been praying for this young man because he is one of our members. Not only because he is our member, but we have also been interceding on behalf of the country and other victims of this illness,” the Pastor said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Fossils that Didn’t Evolve

first_img(Visited 664 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here’s an assortment of newly-discovered fossils that challenge Darwinian evolution.Bad Boy beetle: “He’s Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and he’s currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists,” says Science Daily. Why the astonishment?…[T]he species that has now been discovered, assigned to the newly introduced family Ponomarenkiidae, can be identified as a modern beetle, in spite of its remarkable age. Modern characteristics are the antennae resembling a string of beads, antennal grooves, and the unusually narrow abdomen, tapering to a point. What is more, unlike previously known Permian beetles, the wing cases are completely hardened, the body’s surface is largely smooth, and the thoracic segments responsible for locomotion show modern features, notes insect palaeontologist Yan. In addition, it appears that this little beetle had stopped living under tree bark, the habitat favoured by its contemporaries, and had adopted a much more exposed lifestyle on plants. A significant fact is that, due to its unorthodox combination of ancestral and modern characteristics, this genus does not fit in any of the four suborders of beetles that still exist, which is why Yan and Beutel have given it the nickname Bad Boy.Think about that phrase, “ancestral and modern characteristics.” Does it not make sense that ‘modern’ trumps ‘ancestral’? If you found an Oldsmobile Cutlass with a Sirius XM radio and GPS navigation system in its dashboard, when would you say it was made? Wouldn’t the modern parts answer the question? Would you believe someone claiming that the entire car (modern parts and all) was manufactured in 1961? Humans might install modern parts in classic cars, but evolution cannot. The only way to claim “modern” traits existed is to force the abrupt appearance of those traits earlier in Darwin Years than expected, like claiming Sirius XM radio evolved in 1961, 28 years before XM radio was even introduced.Trippy elephant: Last November in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a nine-year-old boy stumbled on a rock that turned out to be a fossil, National Geographic says. The family gathered and noticed it looked like a jaw with teeth. Thinking it was a big fat rotten cow, they decided to call New Mexico State University Professor Peter Houde, who identified it as a stegomastodon, an extinct relative of elephants Houde claims is a million years old. Reporter Joseph Kolb at Fox News Science must have noticed “stegomastodon” and thought “stegosaur” because he wrongly calls it a dinosaur! Kolb did record this interesting admission by Houde about the creature: “Ours would look pretty much just like modern elephants if they were alive today although the Cuvieronius had spiral tusks.” Historical note: Georges Cuvier, after whom the creature is named, was a staunch anti-evolutionist.Desert jellyfish: Death Valley—the hottest place on earth—is a long way today from the nearest California beach. But in a remote part of this desert national park, a mass kill of jellyfish has been found embedded in the rocks. New Scientist reports the discovery of 13 jellyfish by UC Riverside scientists. “The discovery suggests the marine animals behaved in a comparable way to their modern counterparts,” the article states. But here’s the kicker: they date from the Cambrian Explosion, 540 million Darwin Years ago!The jellyfish in the Cambrian seas seemed to have looked and behaved a lot like they do today. Sappenfield and his colleagues believe that the ancient jellyfish also lived near the shore, until tides or waves pushed them closer to the beach. When the tide receded the animals got stranded, just as modern jellyfish do.But jellyfish washing up on today’s beaches have a poor chance of becoming fossils. Most are quickly torn to pieces by scavengers or curious children.The rest of the article quickly turns to rescue devices to save the millions of years. But it’s difficult; “Because sand on today’s beaches shifts about so much, any evidence of something as delicate as a jellyfish would be destroyed very quickly.”Instant Ediacarans: Another fossil story from Science Daily talks about “Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time.” What are they? Well, nobody is sure they are even animals. They are fern-shaped multicellular organisms called Rangeomorphs from the Ediacaran period, some 50 million Darwin Years before the Cambrian explosion. But they exploded onto the scene themselves. After some preliminary Darwin fluff in the opening paragraphs comes this admission: “They show up in the fossil record with a bang, at very large size.” Attributing this to changes in ocean chemistry is like attributing dogs to the appearance of fire hydrants. David Klinghoffer debunks the ocean-chemistry theory on Evolution News & Science Today.Convergent reptiles: An extinct diapsid reptile known as Eusaurosphargis [“true-lizard-turtle”] has been found in Switzerland, reports Science Daily. Previously known only from badly-scattered bones, Eusaurosphargis is now better understood from this “excellently preserved” specimen, allowing paleontologists to infer its environment. Since it was found in marine sediments despite being a scaly reptile, the discoverers assume “that it was washed off a nearby island into the sea basin and became embedded in the finely layered marine sediments after death.” Storytellers took their cue:Grisons [Switzerland], 241 million years ago — Instead of amidst high mountains, a small reptile suns itself on an island beach in a warm shallow sea, where many fish and marine reptiles frolic. This is the story told by an excellently preserved new discovery of the reptile Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi studied by paleontologists from the University of Zurich.”Further down, though, evolutionary problems set in, rescued by “convergent evolution” —In the process, they discovered something astonishing: Externally, Eusaurosphargis dalsassoi looks very similar to girdled lizards (Cordylidae), a group of small, scaled reptiles (Lepidosauria) that usually live in the dry regions of southern Africa. Some of the more strongly armored girdled lizard species could have served as the basis of mythical dragon legends due to their appearance. “This is a case of convergent development as the extinct species is not closely related to today’s African lizards”, Scheyer explains.Evolutionists are trying to fit this fossil in with marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, but they have a problem: “The skeleton of Eusaurosphargis, however, shows neither a streamlined body structure, nor arms and legs that have transformed into flippers, as well as no tail fin, which would indicate a life at sea.”Did you catch how many times the evolutionists were “astonished” at these fossils? Creationists are not astonished to find modern-looking animals appearing abruptly and failing to evolve. They are not surprised by mosaics of traits in fully-functioning, well-designed animals. They are not astonished to find land animals in marine sediments.Readers, please notice three no-no’s in scientific explanations. (1) You can’t use circular reasoning, embedding your assumptions in your explanation. This is like the bad syllogism, “I believe everything evolved without God. I found a fossil. Therefore, it evolved without a Creator.” (2) You can’t mask a bad explanation with jargon. Terms like convergent evolution, ancestral, ancient, primitive, etc. embed Darwinism into the answers, sidestepping the issues that need explanation. (3) You can’t exclude alternative explanations by arbitrary rules. To say in advance that ‘We will only accept materialistic answers’ doesn’t help understanding; it prevents it. Darwin himself said that “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Let the evidence drive the explanation, not the ideology.Darwinists are frequently guilty of all three no-no’s, as shown above. So say No! No! to Darwin and his storytelling disciples.last_img read more

Goa temple denies access to wheelchair-bound girl

first_imgA trustee of Mangueshi Temple in South Goa stirred controversy on Monday by denying access to a wheelchair-bound girl from Mumbai.The Disabilities Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) has demanded action against the trustee and forwarded the complaint lodged by the girl’s parents to the Superintendent of Police (South) and the Collector of South Goa. The girl’s mother, Subhada Keskar, said the temple committee member, Anil Kenkre, prevented her daughter, Sanika Keskar, from entering the temple as its rules denied access to ‘vehicles’.‘Outright discrimination’The complaint said: “Anil Kenkre told us we were not invited and welcome inside the temple. This is outright discrimination and abuse of the right of a physically challenged person. The action is a criminal offence under Section 92 (a) of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.” It further said that the trustee also violated Sanika’s right to worship, “which is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India.” The parents requested authorities to immediately register a criminal case against Mr. Kenkre under relevant sections of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 and the Indian Penal Code.The DRAG also wrote to the Collectors of North Goa and South Goa, and the State Disability Commissioner requesting them to direct all heads of religious places of worship in their jurisdiction to ensure that the elderly and persons with disabilities are not denied entry citing aids and appliances used for their mobility. The DRAG also asked the authorities to ensure within six months that places of worship are made disabled-friendly as mandated under the Act.Meanwhile, Mr. Kenkre denied the allegations. He said, “I don’t exactly remember the details of our conversation. We never deny permission to any person to enter the temple and pray. I only informed them that there is no facility to allow the wheelchair into the temple. It would be incorrect to say that we denied them access to the temple.”Mr. Kenkre admitted that the temple was not disabled-friendly, but that had never stopped “persons with disabilities from coming to the temple and nobody has ever had any issues in entering it.”‘An attitude problem’Anuradha Joshi, State Disability Commissioner, confirmed on Monday that she had received the complaint and would visit the temple on Tuesday to probe the matter. Avelino de Sa, president of DRAG, said that an online petition demanding justice for Sanika had garnered over 2,200 signatures by Monday evening.Mr. de Sa said, “The issue at hand is not one of lack of infrastructure, but an attitude problem of the temple trustee. This is evident from his statements such as ‘we have not invited you to the temple’ and ‘the wheelchair cannot be allowed in as it is a vehicle’.”last_img read more