Is there a move to sabotage Government and Opposition talks?

first_imgDear Editor,Pradoville is back in the news, and the contentious nature of the issue aside, what I found interesting is the timing of the latest update from a unit that falls under the Ministry of the Presidency, which houses the President and the Prime Minister. I say interesting because of the visible pattern in the last 12 months.President Granger and Opposition Leader Jagdeo met on July 19th, 2018, and on July 22nd, 2018 we had the Pradoville issue resurfacing in sections of the media under the caption ‘SOCU completes Pradoville 2 file, charges ready to be laid’.Backtrack to January 3rd, 2018, when the two men met. Again, two days later, on January 5th, 2018, you had SOCU and Pradoville back in the news, this time under an article captioned ‘Sittlington to return as Mentor/Advisor to SOCU’, which talked about a foreigner continuing his work to ensure that there are convictions in the cases being addressed by SOCU.Even more interesting was that the news of Sittlington’s return not only came two days after the Granger-Jagdeo meeting, but it came EIGHT MONTHS after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan asked for him to return to SOCU.  Was it planned timing?A third case is seen after the Granger-Jagdeo meeting on October 19th, 2017.  After that meeting, on November 28th, 2017, there was an article under the caption ‘Pradoville Two probe…Assessor moves in to value properties’.Again we saw this pattern with the June 12th, 2017 meeting, and the article that same month under the caption ‘Suspected Pradoville ‘schemers’ closer to climbing court step’.Editor, I have spent some time to detail these four examples to demonstrate that what we are seeing is a pattern.That said, the question that must be asked, given the major focus of the July 19th, 2018 meeting between Granger and Jagdeo (the likelihood of Government and Opposition talks) is: Is there a move to sabotage Government and Opposition talks?Secondly, is it the President’s office behind this move? Or is it the Prime Minister’s office?In my view, it seems more likely that it may be the Prime Minister’s office.  You only have to look at the big picture to see why.If the Opposition, the PPP, and APNU engage, the AFC becomes more irrelevant. Their relevance is diminished because they are not among the political players dealing with moving political dialogue forward; the AFC has no seat at the table.   If the PPP and APNU engage and reach agreement on issues, what use is the AFC serving? They have no constituency. Isn’t this reason enough to want to sabotage the Government and Opposition talks to make sure that the AFC remains somewhat relevant?Editor, with all that said, I want to say that the question “Is there a move to sabotage Government and Opposition talks?” is an important one, particularly given the gravity of having Government and Opposition engage.Regards,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

Xcite raising the bar locally

first_imgNEW GPC INC’s new Xcite tablets have been creating a buzz on the local market, with its users hailing its performance and overall benefits.Xcite is NEW GPC’s brand of sildenafil citrate, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Xcite can be used by adult men of all ages once prescribed by a doctor.Following the product’s launch at GuyExpo 2016 and the 2016 pharmacist convention, there has been a significant increase in its popularity.Xcite is available in three strengths: 25mg, 50mg and 100mg, and should be taken as prescribed.“Customer satisfaction is vital. After all, as a pharmaceutical company, we are concerned about the total health and well-being of our customers and their overall happiness,” NEW GPC’s Marketing Manager, Trevor Bassoo remarked.He said while NEW GPC was committed to making the product available and accessible, the company was equally promoting its safe use and adherence to prescriptions.“Of course, we are always concerned about the safety of our consumers, and we have embarked upon a campaign aimed at not only highlighting what the benefits of the product are, but also how it should be used, as well as general precautions that should be taken,” he explained.last_img read more

Where Are They Now—Those Who Were Religiously Backing the “Code of Conduct”?

first_imgThe Liberian Senate, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in the first place sent the Code of Conduct to them, the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Supreme Court of Liberia, the majority three of whom rendered the Code “constitutional”—these are they who went against common sense and tried to ram the so-called Code of Conduct down Liberians’ throats.As this newspaper, the Daily Observer, and several other thinking Liberians tried in vain to warn them and everyone else that this bad law was “unconstitutional,” the chickens have come home to roost. Now the very people the Code was up against, and most particularly the one person targeted, former Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones, have all now been cleared and are suddenly no longer barred from contesting the forthcoming elections.What happened to them all—those resolute backers of this infamous non-law?It was not only we at this newspaper, who were not backed by legalism, since we are not lawyers, but many lawyers, including two eminent ones, Counselors Tiawan Gongloe and Frances Johnson Allison, who steadfastly argued against the implementation and enforcement of the Code. We at the newspaper were governed by our limited knowledge of the Constitution of the Republic, which bars no one from running for public office except that person is a convicted criminal. We were also governed by common sense.In the case of the lawyers, Counselor Allison is the most experienced, for she has served not only as chairman of the very National Elections Commission (NEC) and Justice Minister and Attorney General of the Republic, but also as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. This highly intelligent and experienced woman wrote a legally sound and lucid piece on the Code of Conduct, which we published in our April 3, 2017 edition. In that article, she argued eruditely and forcefully against the so-called Code of Conduct, which she declared to be patently unconstitutional.Counselor Gongloe and others went to court, but were baffled by the very courts, through legalism and delays, and they got nowhere.Alas! Thanks to the good Lord Himself and common sense, which the American pro-Independence philosopher Thomas Penn described as “a sense that is not common,” reason has prevailed!What is surprising is that there were many others, like Harrison Karnwea and Jeremiah Sulunteh, who had to struggle through the ups and downs and uncertainties in the courts, and were finally cleared.But most surprising of all in “this strange, eventful” debacle is the main target of the Code of Conduct—Dr. J. Mills Jones. Yes, the former CBL Executive Governor was the prime target of the entire COC exercise. The Daily Observer was present in the office of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai few years ago when a most senior member of the Liberian Senate came to complain about the possibly of the CBL Governor running for President. This powerful Senator was concerned that Dr. Jones, whose financial inclusion policy was being hailed throughout the country for lifting a lot of people out of poverty, and was clear in the mind of this Senator, had to be stopped, otherwise that might lead the Governor to pursue the presidency. And that, as it turned out, was the whole point of the Senate’s overwhelming passage of the Code of Conduct.Alas! The Daily Observer’s front page lead story yesterday surprisingly indicated that the very National Elections Commission had itself cleared Dr. Mills Jones without contest and without a scratch! Just as this newspaper had indicated months ago, that this so-called “law” would not hold because it was unsustainable and could lead to electoral chaos and confusion, the National Elections Commission read its own writing on the wall.  It had cleared too many people, including Messrs. Karnwea and Sulunteh, who had not “resigned” in the three-years before the election as stipulated in the Code of Conduct. Having, therefore, cleared all these people, NEC, or anyone else, the Liberian Senate and the Supreme Court included, had nothing to say to Dr. Mills Jones. So they quietly and without contest or quarrel cleared him to run.And where does this leave the so-called Ombudsman? With absolutely nothing to do, and consequently redundant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Suspects to be placed on ID parades for other crimes

first_imgSupply poultry farmer robbery…expected to face the courts todayThe six men who were all taken into Police custody after they attempted to carry out a daring robbery on a Supply poultry farmer on Tuesday night are to be placed in a number of identification parades for other crimes.The men have been identified as Steve Hercules, 30, of Lot 2-3 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WDB); Nabadinghi Gobin, 33, of Lot 181 Charlotte Street, Bourda, Georgetown; Renard Khan, 31, of Lot 147 Cooper Street, Albouystown; Mark Prince, 39, of Lot 52 Parfaite Harmonie, WBD; Edward Skeete, 30, of Lot 309 Independence Boulevard, Georgetown and Marvin Blackman, 27, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.According to Crime Chief Paul Williams, their descriptions are similar to those previously reported to have been involved in similar crimes.He noted that as such, the men were to be placed in several identification parades before charges were laid.Charges are, however, expected to be laid today, or Tuesday at the latest, the Crime Chief revealed.Swift action by Police ranks of the A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) saw the bandits being nabbed after they attempted to rob the Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) poultry farmer, 69-year-old Michael Chang Yuen.The men who escaped from the scene after the failed robbery at the Lot 13 Supply, EBD premises were apprehended in Grove, EBD.At the time of the attempted robbery, Yuen was at home with his wife and his two sons relaxing when they heard a noise coming from outside their house about 19:30h. Upon checking, Yuen saw four men at the eastern door of his property.As such, an alarm was raised, which prompted the men to quickly enter a waiting motor car, HC 4543, which was parked some distance away, and flee the scene.However, the Police were alerted, and a roadblock was set up in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, which saw the four men, along with two others in the said car, being captured.A search carried out on the motor car saw the discovery of two 9 mm Glock Pistols, one with the serial number filed off, along with 22 live rounds; one Beretta Pistol with 11 live rounds, one .32 Taurus Pistol, with the serial number filed off with six live rounds; one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves, and trade plates.Further investigations carried out revealed that the motor car in which they were found was stolen from a Princes Street, Georgetown resident on March 25, 2018.When this publication visited Yuen’s home, his sons were hesitant to speak; he, however, revealed that this was the second time in the last two months that bandits attempted to rob his home.They were unable to enter the property on that occasion as well. He noted that CCTV footage was handed over to the Police.Yuen has been working in the poultry business for some 30 years.Charged multiple timesSkeete, called “Pretty Boy”, first came under Police watch in 2008 when he was arrested and charged for carrying out an armed robbery at John Street, Werk-en-rust where his accomplice was shot and killed by Police Officers.Then in 2011, Skeete was freed of the murder of Bedi Ramjewan, who was killed in April of 2011 during a robbery at Industry, East Coast Demerara (ECD).And just two months ago, that is on February 8, 2018, he was again freed by Justice Navindra Singh for the July 14, 2015 Turning Point, Tucville murder of Ryan Clementson for which he was jointly charged with Gobin, called “Dangles”.Prince, called “Fine Man”, was charged in several robbery-related issues. He was first charged in 2016 for attacking and robbing a woman of her cellphone.He was then charged earlier this year with two robberies, one committed on Regan Singh and the other on Gobin Singh. Both victims were robbed following a visit to a city bank.Khan was detained in 2017 for robbing a pastor of some $1.8 million just as he left a city bank.And Blackman was first charged, along with two others, for robbing a supervisor attached to the Wild Caught Fresh Fish Depot while being armed with a gun.Then in August of 2017, he was charged with discharging a loaded firearm at Carl Welshman with intent to commit murder. He was also charged for carrying out an armed robbery on the said Welshman while in the company of two others. That same month, Blackman was also charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.In November of 2017, he was again charged with armed robbery, this time committed on Bramanand Chetramand and Danny Singh.He was remanded in August 2017 on charges of illegal possession of a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and eight live rounds of 9mm ammunition.He was also charged two months ago for robbing a Diamond Housing Scheme resident after she left a city bank.last_img read more

“Green economy” conversations hits New Amsterdam

first_imgAs efforts are being made to advance a green economic development path, the Green Conversations was taken to the country’s oldest town – New Amsterdam.Prior to Monday’s activity, the Green Conversations was taken to the mining towns of Linden, Bartica and Lethem. Monday’s seminar in New Amsterdam focused on opportunities in sustainable agriculture.A section of the audience at the Little Rock Suits during the Green Conversations in BerbiceIt was held under the theme, “Innovations for better opportunities and sustainable enterprise in agriculture.” The event which was held at the Little Rock Suits, New Amsterdam, catered for schools, persons in the agriculture sector and other stakeholders including the Berbice Chamber of Commerce.Green Conversations is an initiative of the environment department within the Ministry of the Presidency and is being executed by Conservation International, with funding from the United Nations.Addressing the forum at the Little Rock Suits, Country Manager for World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Aiesha Williams, said the strategic goal of the Green Conversations series is to have Guyanese people from a wide cross section of society embrace and advocate for a green economic development path.“Green Conversations will be open, non-partisan, inclusive spaces (physical and online) where Guyanese team about green economic development and what it means to their future and engage in discourse around the subject in ways relevant to their unique circumstances. Creating spaces for learning through candid discussions will transform the meaning of green to Guyanese through situating people and their interests at the heart of the conversation,” she told the gathering.These spaces, she noted, will promote an understanding of green economic development – including the social, economic and environmental aspects – help people to grasp why a green economy is important to their future, and build their capacity on the various themes presented.In Linden, the Green Conversations focused on the Sovereign Wealth Fund, while in Lethem it focused on good governance. In Bartica, focus was placed on responsible mining.Williams said the proposed series will achieve several key outcome; one being allowing Guyanese to understand that green state/sustainable development concerns are more than just environmental in nature and therefore must involve all sections of society.She said it also hopes to help in building the capacity for Guyanese to participate effectively in green/sustainable development conversations.Limited to conversationHowever, as talks get underway in Berbice, Regional Chairman David Armogan is of the view that Government’s idea of a green economy is limited to conservation.He noted that in today’s world, it is important to live in sync with nature and preserve both the environment and eco system. This, he said, is important for our continued development.“Even as we develop our country, we have to make sure that we do not destroy our environment, otherwise the wrath of Mother Nature will come on us and that is something that we don’t want in this country.”The Regional Chairman noted that the effects of climate change are visible.“This in itself tells us that we have to bring a number of issues to the table.”Armogan said in the conversations which have been taking place in Guyana as they relate to a Green State will suggest the use of solar power.He applauded Conservation International for focusing on sustainable enterprise in agriculture. “This is an area that has never been touched basically in Guyana. We all know agriculture from our grandparents and our parents. We know that our agriculture is based on the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers.”These methods are being used in cash crop farming, rice and cane.While Guyana has been heavily dependent on the use of chemicals to grow crops, many other countries have been moving in the direction of Green Agriculture whereby they are utilising biological waste for enhanced agriculture production.Organically grown agriculture produce is in high demand and carries a higher price. “This is the way we have to go in Guyana and not only to talk about the preservation of our forest and our environment but we also have to look at organic agriculture where we can utilise our environment to produce our crops,” Armogan said, while adding that this form of agriculture will allow farmers to receive better priced for their produce.last_img read more

Fort St. John Spring League Basketball results from week four

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was yet another exciting afternoon on the hard court in the Fort St. John Spring basketball league last week.In the Junior games, Team Blue beat Team Yellow 30-17. Nora Radford and Landon Beasley were the players of the game in that match. Green defeated Red 40-18, while Lime Green played against Team Orange, falling in that game 27-22. Steve Fairlie and Lucas Willms were the players of the game in the Green/Red match, while Devon Lee and Paige Brown were the third game’s players of the game for Lime and Orange respectively.In the Senior Girls Division, Karis Paracuelles was named the Player of the Game for D. Bauer, who beat MNP 50-47. Azaria Richards was also named MVP for MNP. Apollo Avenue got a tally in the ‘win’ column, beating Sunlife 56-37. Claire Turner and Grace Giesbrecht were the game’s outstanding players for those two teams.- Advertisement -Both of the Senior Boys games were very close matches. D. Bauer lost a close one to MNP, 59-55. Apollo Avenue got revenge for their first week loss to Sunlife, winning that game 57-54 in the second game. Jefferey Wood, Brody Barber, Tyler Lambert, and Adam Bowie were the four outstanding players in those two games.last_img read more

HEROIN, COCAINE AND HASH IS RAMPANT ACROSS DONEGAL – GARDA DRUGS OFFICER

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A top Garda drugs officer has admitted that cocaine, cannabis and heroin use is rampant across County Donegal.Letterkenny-based undercover drugs officer Garda Karen Walsh said drug use is now the cause of much of the county’s crime including assaults and thefts.Garda Walsh was speaking during the trial of a Letterkenny woman who was sentenced to three years in prison after cops found almost €16,000 worth of cocaine in her apartment. The drug was being cut up, bagged and then sold across Co Donegal after being brought up from a supplier in Dublin.She was busted after a year long surveillance operation which found weighing equipment and other drugs equipment at her apartment.Judge John O’Hagan asked Garda Walsh what kind of drugs were being used across the county and he was told that it was all kinds – cannabis, cocaine and heroin.Judge O’Hagan asked about the direct link locally between drugs and crime.“There is a high significant factor because of the price of drugs for the people addicted.“It leads them to others areas for the money for the drugs – thefts and then assaults when people can’t pay their debts,” revealed Garda Walsh.Garda Walsh revealed that the current drugs squad based in Letterkenny is made up of five officers – four Gardai and a Sergeant.Judge O’Hagan asked if Gardai were winning the war against drugs by putting people in prison?“For every network that closes – how many others open?” he asked.“Countless” he was told simply by Garda Walsh.The case involving the Letterkenny woman comes just a day after a man from Doochary was caught with a heroin supply outlet in his garden shed.EndsHEROIN, COCAINE AND HASH IS RAMPANT ACROSS DONEGAL – GARDA DRUGS OFFICER was last modified: February 11th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Newman Named MVC Pitcher of the Week for Eighth-Straight Week

first_imgST. LOUIS – Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team is the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the eighth-straight week, the MVC office announced Monday, May 6. Newman earned her first win of the week with 2.1 scoreless innings of work against the Cyclones. She allowed one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts. Newman followed that with her fourth perfect game against the Purple Aces as she struck out the first 16 hitters of the game and tied her career-high in strikeouts with 18. She capped the series sweep with 5.2 innings of work where she one run on one hit with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Newman was lifted for senior day with two outs and one on base in the sixth inning with a 7-0 lead and received a standing ovation. Nicole Timmons then allowed a two-run home run for Newman’s only earned run of the week. This year, Newman is 26-6 overall with a 0.91 ERA (third in nation) and a nation-leading 362 strikeouts. She leads the nation in strikeouts per seven innings at 13.2 and hits allowed per seven innings at 2.66. Her 12 shutouts and 8.62 strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.62 each rank second in the nation. Her 26 wins are the most by a Drake pitcher since Laurie Bowden won a program-record 28 games in 1990. This season, Newman has four perfect game no-hitters and two no-hitters. This is her 10th MVC Pitcher of the Week award this season and a league-record 23rd in her outstanding career. Newman and her teammates are the No. 1 seed and defending champions at this week’s MVC Tournament, May 8-11, in Peoria, Ill. Drake starts play in the first semifinal on Friday at 11 a.m. on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Newman helped Drake go 4-0 last week, including throwing her fourth perfect game of the season. Newman, who helped the Bulldogs beat in-state rival Iowa State and then sweep Evansville in the regular season finale series, went 3-0 with a 0.46 earned run average with 35 strikeouts and two walks. In 15.1 innings, she allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks.last_img read more

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál carollers raise incredible €1,680 for SVP

first_imgPupils of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Letterkenny carried on their tradition of Christmas carol singing with great success this year.The primary school girls brought Christmas cheer to Letterkenny last Thursday (Dec 14th) to raise funds for their local St Vincent de Paul.Groups of 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils sang Christmas carols all around the town, including The Hospital, Dunnes, Tesco, Glencar and Main Street. Their efforts raised an impressive €1,680 for SVP at a vital time for the charity. The singers presented their total to St Vincent de Paul representatives Mrs. Sadie Dawson and Mrs Mary Bradley this week.This tradition of Carol Singing for local charity began when the school opened in the late 1950’s and proudly continues to this day.St Vincent de Paul representatives Mrs. Sadie Dawson and Mrs Mary Bradley receive a cheque from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Carol Singers.Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Carol Singing 2017: Mrs. C O’Donnell’s 6th Class group entertaining the shoppers at the New Dunnes Stores.Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál carollers raise incredible €1,680 for SVP was last modified: December 19th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carol singingsaint vincent de paulScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

Kepler On the Way to Search for Earth-Size Planets

first_imgThe long-awaited launch of the planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft was successful Friday night, announced the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Named for the 17th-century German astronomer-mathematician Johannes Kepler, the spacecraft will stare at 100,000 stars for over three years, looking for variations in their light that indicate the presence of planets.  Follow-up studies may determine if some of these planets are earth-sized and orbit within their stars’ habitable zones.  For more information on the mission, tour NASA’s Kepler website.    Johannes Kepler, a strong Lutheran Christian (see our online biography), speculated about space travel and the possibility of other worlds.  In addition to his many scientific works on astronomy, optics, physics and mathematics, he wrote a fictional work, Somnium, or The Dream (see analysis by Gale E. Christiansen, which provides biographical background leading up to the writing).  The book described what astronomy might be like from another world—our moon.  Some have considered it the first work of science fiction.  Kepler’s fanciful story considered the relationship of the inhabitants of the moon to their geography.  Kepler revised the work for many years and was working on it when he died; the final version was published posthumously in 1634.  Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion form the basis for celestial mechanics and space flight, of which his namesake spaceship is one of his many scientific legacies.It is difficult to assess what Kepler thought about a plurality of worlds with intelligent life.  The point of Somnium was to imagine astronomy from the surface of the moon.  His extensive footnotes showed more interest in scientific aspects of habitability on another world than the philosophical and theological ramifications of his fictional beings.  The moon was no longer a perfect celestial sphere; it was becoming a physical object orbiting the sun according to the laws he had developed within the new Copernican framework.  Kepler did not make his fictional work a treatise on theology or a social commentary.  But since he did take an existing genre of fiction about space travel into a new level of scientific rigor, and since he did speculate about habitable worlds other than our own, the Kepler mission is rightly named in his honor.    Several hundred extrasolar planets down to the size of Neptune are now known to exist.  It seems rational that the size range of orbiting bodies is a continuum, but we really don’t have any hard data on how many Earth-class planets are out there.  They could be common, they could be rare.  Either answer is interesting.  Alan Boss told Nature News that if Kepler comes up empty-handed it would be astonishing.  Settling this centuries-old question with evidence once for all is a good thing for everyone, and we welcome it.  More and better data are always preferable to speculation.    Assuming the Kepler mission is successful, and the idea of a universe filled with Earth-size planets gains a basis in empirical evidence, how will this affect philosophy and theology?  Earth-size planets alone do not imply life, much less intelligent or sentient life.  Future missions like the Space Interferometry Mission or Terrestrial Planet Finder may be able to sharpen our vision further.  Advances in remote sensing may detect biosignatures, such as atmospheric gas ratios that would be surprising under natural conditions.  Evidence for sentient life on another world would require an intelligent radio message (but even then, how would one ever prove it isn’t a lying demon?)    Assume, for the moment, that the conclusion of beings like us on other planets becomes inescapable.  A Biblical worldview allows for that.  Christians have not been idle in giving that possibility deep thought; the science fiction works of C. S. Lewis are a case in point.  Some evolutionists are chomping at the bit to disparage Christianity, assuming that the Bible only allows for Earth to be the special abode of creatures made in His image.  A million other inhabited worlds would cast severe doubt on the claims of Christianity, they think.  But the Biblical Creator is far too transcendent and majestic for such a parochial view.  Angelic beings, such as those described in the Bible, may already obey God’s bidding unrestricted to realms beyond earth.  And a God capable of designing millions of species on our planet is certainly not lacking in power and creativity to decorate other worlds with living things appropriate to their geography.  If evolutionists think such a discovery would support their naturalistic worldview, they need to read our online book and let it sink in that the chance origin of even one useful protein molecule is so unlikely, it would have less than a vanishingly small chance of ever happening anywhere in the universe.    Read the book and see how even under the most generous conditions, getting a set of proteins or genes for a living cell is so unlikely, it is laughable to even entertain the thought.  If life is out there, it was created.    For the time being, though, in the absence of proof of sentient physical life on other planets like ours, wasting time on unknowns is superfluous.  An eventual discovery would threaten Christianity no more than did the discovery of a New World inhabited by strange civilizations.  We would want to understand them and tell them of God’s grace.  No future discovery will undermine our awesome wonder and appreciation for our privileged planet and the historical evidence for what God has done here.  If we are alone, that would be no less thought-provoking.  It might only mean we are alone now.  The Bible describes a new heavens and new earth with eternal life.  That could conceivably include space travel without physical limits.  Earth may just be our testing ground.  With bodies fit for the new creation, as the Bible describes (e.g., I Corinthians 15), freed from the limitations of gravity and other physical restrictions, who knows?  We could be the skywalkers of galaxies far, far away, singing praises to the one true God from locations throughout the cosmos.    Enough speculation.  Back to the real world.  There’s a lot of work to do.  Johannes Kepler set a good example.  On occasion, his mind roamed among the stars, but he was always a man of responsibility, character, integrity, faithfulness, honesty and love.  The Spirit of Christ anchored his soul in the heavens, and empowered his walk on the earthy ground.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more