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Storytelling By Portland Artists Nadia Buyse And Stephen Slappe At Olympia…

first_imgSubmitted by Timberland Regional LibraryPortland artists Nadia Buyse and Stephen Slappe will tell stories from their past—hilarious and sometimes sad tales of friends and adventures. The presentation will be held after hours at the Olympia Timberland Library on Thursday, February 7 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Copies of Slappe’s new book, “People I Used to Know,” will be available to view or purchase.First up: “THIS IS SO EMBARRASSING” Tour Diary entries by Buyse: “You meet a lot of people on the road… man. And then sometimes you doodle pictures of them on the backs of show fliers…” Next, “JB” by Slappe: “Appalachian madness, Heavy Metal, bad drugs, and text messages make appearances in this tale about an old friend from my home state of West Virginia.” A slide show accompanies the story.People I Used To Know began as archived pictures on Slappe’s computer. Slappe manipulated the photos to erase the faces and skin and leave only kitchens, yards, living rooms, clothes and some mystery. He paired the photos with short phrases that describe his memories of the people.Buyse is a trans-disciplinary visual artist and musician and a former Olympian. As a musician she has been in at least 30 bands she can remember. She has toured the United States and Europe, playing in music festivals, punk clubs, house shows and discotheques. She has also exhibited work internationally and nationally. She recently received an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). http://themovieparty.blogspot.comSlappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). Slappe is Chair of Video & Sound at PNCA.http://www.stephenslappe.comThe Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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See the lovely message a fan sent Irfan Pathan after his retirement!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle/CricTakerAdvertisement 3feuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9stzcttj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) shgv0Would you ever consider trying this?😱4vubsCan your students do this? 🌚4n55bRoller skating! Powered by Firework In spite of losing his place in the Indian Cricket Team, Irfan Pathan was an idol, an iconic figure for the Indian cricketing youth, and loved by the whole fandom. The all rounder from Gujarat recently announced his retirement from all formats of the game, but is still an eminent figure of cricket, and will remain as so, and the messages in the player’s inbox is a proof.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle/CricTakerYesterday, Irfan Pathan posted a screenshot on his social media, where he showed his followers a heart touching message from a fan. He uploaded the picture on the story of his official Instagram account, with a caption “Msgs (messages) like these” along with a couple of emojis.Image Courtesy: Instagram(@irfanpathan_official)The fan wrote: “You were the bowler I used to look up to while growing. For me, you were the best in this world and you still are.”Advertisement Just after a year of his international debut, Irfan was named as the 2004 Emerging Player of the Year 2004 by the International Cricket Council (ICC), and the fan continued the message with the same.“From getting the ICC emerging player of the year to getting a hattrick in the first over of the match vs Pakistan. That inswinging yorker at 144km/h to get rid of Justin Langer. I’ve lived every moment and enjoyed, with you, while you were there on the field. My heart wrenches seeing you retire. My childhood is official coming to an end.”Advertisement At the end, the fan expressed his gratutide towards Irfan for his contribution to the cricketing world: “Thank you for everything you’ve given me, India and the world. You’ll always be the best for me. Thank you Irfan,” the fan wound up the message.Irfan replied with a goodwill gesture: “Thank you buddy. Wish you all luck for your career.”Irfan Pathan made his debut in Test cricket back in 2003 against Australia. However, the 35 year old was not picked up in the Men in Blues squad for eight years, but continued to play in domestic cricket for Baroda and also in 9 seasons of the Indian Premier League. After his last IPL game in 2017, Irfan failed to get a pickup in successive auctions, and decided to ang his boots up on 4th January.Also read-One That Swung Away: Irfan Pathan bids adieu from all forms of cricket    Advertisementlast_img read more

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After More Than 1,090 Days, Shelter’s Longtime Resident Finds a Home

first_imgA black-and-white terrier mix with a shiny coat, Jules knows commands like “sit” and “paw.” She loves to go for walks or runs on her leash and wears a bright pink collar. She loves belly rubs and has a contagious smile. She sometimes barks out of excitement but is very friendly. The pup had been involved in theShare-A-Pet program at the facility,which allows donors to take her onwalks, feed her treats and give herattention. These social interactionsopened her up and readied her foradoption, the shelter states. According to the shelter there is a $165 fee to adopt large, mixed-breed dogs which includes spaying/ neutering, updated vaccinations and microchips. A $350 fee is imposed when adopting puppies and might require adopters to sign up for puppy training classes. The fee for adopting felines is $75 for kittens and $50 for adult cats, which also includes spaying/neutering, updated vaccinations and microchips. “There’s too many animals whodon’t have homes or families tolive with,” said Delfino Salazar,a shelter employee since 2010.“These dogs need family, love.” TINTON FALLS – Things werelooking a bit dismal for a 6-year-oldterrier mix named Shanice. Nov. 2marked her third year in a TintonFalls-based animal shelter andshe was about to spend her fourthChristmas inside those walls. Thatis, until last week. Shanice was the longest resident of the Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey’s Tinton Falls facility. Representatives started campaigning for her adoption as her 1,090th day in the shelter approached, came and went. But a media blitz brought Shanice to the attention of employees of the Jackson-based nonprofit Pitties and Pals Rescue, who decided to change her luck, promoting her cause until finding her “forever family.” A 6-year old terrier mix, has been adopted after spending over three years in the Associated Humane Societies shelter in Tinton Falls. Representatives campaigned for her adoption before the holiday season.Photo by Allison Perrine Papa thought Jules probably spent so long in the Tinton Falls shelter because she was not great with other dogs. “But that can always change. This is a stressful environment, so sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what they’re going to be like in a home. But we obviously have to be cautious.” The adoption process at The Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey’s Tinton Falls facility requires that interested parties have a copy of a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification available. Homeowners must prove ownership of their home with a tax bill, deed, or the like. Home renters must provide a lease specifically stating that animals are allowed. If it does not say it, a notarized letter must be provided from the landlord. Any adopters who already have dogs must bring them in for a meet-and-greet with the dog looking to be adopted. To learn more, contact the shelter, located at 2960 Shafto Road. Many other dogs are up for adoption as well as cats, chickens, bunnies, pigs and roosters. “We can get anything on a given day,” said Papa. For more information about Associated Humane Societies, visit ahscares.org. According to Humane Societies representative Lindsay Papa, it’s a bit unusual for animals to stay at the Tinton Falls facility for verylong. The average large dog or pitbull is adopted within six monthsto a year, and the average smalldog, puppy or purebred is adoptedwithin two weeks to two months.Dogs have been held in the shelterfor at most two years before this.“It is hard to say. It really is caseby case,” said Papa. “But our smalldogs, puppies and pure breeds gomuch, much faster.” Shanice, now known as Jules and living the home-sweet-home life in Princeton, was originally a stray from Sayreville that came to the shelter Nov. 2, 2016. Multiple employees described her as a nice, easy and happy dog. She loves to play with toys and has a particular fondness for tennis balls, often jumping into toy boxes to find them for herself. Salazar said campaigns foradoption will be made for otheranimals going forward, but not forall. Special attention will be madeto animals that have been abused,have special needs or have been atthe shelter for a long time.last_img read more

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City revamps economy passes for recreation activities

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John has made some changes to their economy passes as a result of expanding recreation programs. The passes are designed with the intent of making it easier and cheaper for the public to take part in various activities.A release from the City states “the North Peace Leisure Pool has had economy passes for some time but it is now being offered for the programs at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse as well.”Economy passes are also available for events at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.- Advertisement -The pricing of economy passes are broken down based on age, and the length of time the pass would be valid. Recreation activities at the North Peace Leisure Pool and the Pomeroy Sport Centre have youth, adult, senior, and family pricing, and can be purchased as a pass for a single event, or durations of one month, three months, and six months. The pool also has an option for a year long pass.A full breakdown of the costs of each pass can be seen by clicking here.last_img read more

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Thinking about that 2017 holiday? Visit The Atlantic Travel Holiday Show!

first_imgAre you thinking of going on holidays in 2017? Not sure where to go? Come to The Atlantic Travel Holiday Show in the Mount Errigal Hotel on the 19th of January from 5pm – 9pm and speak with all the leading industry experts.There will be exclusive show discounts for your favourite holiday destinations, holidays to be won and loads of spot prizes!With so many types of holidays being represented, there will definitely be something for everyone. Cruises, Family Camping, Cycling Camps, Disneyland, Escorted Tours to China, Japan and Cambodia, 4 & 5* Sun Holidays, Attraction Tickets to Worldwide Theme Parks, Skiing, Football Packages, Adventure Holidays and much much more! If you are getting married and have yet to book your honeymoon come to the show and speak to us. We will have the largest representation of honeymoon providers that you will have the opportunity to meet in one place.If Cruising, Cycling, Italy or Southeast Asia are of interest to you then don’t miss our expert presentations that will help you decide where you are going on your next holiday.Don’t miss out and come to The Atlantic Travel Holiday Show, get unrivalled advice, exclusive discounts and be in with a chance to win a family holiday or a city break.  Thinking about that 2017 holiday? Visit The Atlantic Travel Holiday Show! was last modified: December 28th, 2016 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:atlantic travelholidaysTravellast_img read more

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Healing a sister city’s kids

first_imgSeveral local nurses will make the trip and two of the eight doctors hail from Los Angeles, but most are from the Filipino-American Association of Tennessee. About four years ago Pulskamp, 50, traveled with others to Tena, Ecuador, to lay the groundwork for Santa Clarita’s sister city relationship there. Since then, a contingent that included former Santa Clarita Mayor Carl Boyer, who founded the local sister city program, returned for a medical mission. Pulskamp’s wanderlust blossomed at 20, during a yearlong solo trip to Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, where he traveled on elephants, camels, cars and trains. Midway through college he ventured out to explore Europe and Africa, then migrated to Asia. “I wanted to see the world and explore other cultures,” he said. Since then he has visited more than 70 countries on trips geared to helping others and having fun. Pulskamp will pay his own way on the Philippines trip, which departs June 19. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Santa Clarita Valley International Program is Santa Clarita’s nonprofit sister city group. Its members forge economic ties and cultural bonds with the sister towns. Farmers in Sariaya harvest vegetables and pick coconuts. In May, residents of the quaint town of 160,000, a three-hour drive from Manila, celebrate the Agawan Festival by adorning their homes with vegetables. Pulskamp will attend a groundbreaking for a medical clinic that the two civic groups plan to raise $50,000 to build. Surgeries are scheduled at a hospital near Sariaya for about 100 children, whose facial disfigurements may be more than cosmetic. An untreated cleft lip can result in speech problems, and if the teeth are affected the child may have trouble chewing and digesting food. A cleft palate blocks the tongue and could cause a child’s words to sound unintelligible. The volunteers will disperse to five barrios on the outskirts of town to provide medical care, said city analyst Elena Galvez. SANTA CLARITA – City Manager Ken Pulskamp plans to trade charcoal suits for khakis when he joins a group of volunteers headed for a rural Philippines town on a sister city medical mission. During the nine-day trip, doctors will operate on children who have cleft lip and palate deformities and cataracts. Pulskamp, an experienced world traveler, is representing Santa Clarita in the first trip to the farming town, adopted as one of Santa Clarita’s two sister cities. “He’s knowledgable about giving information and he is willing to help out with the distribution of medicine to the children,” said Cezar Obnial, past president of the Filipino-American Association, which is partnering with the Sariaya Association of California and the city group for the trip. “As city manager, he has been very helpful to children and people who are old.” Obnial, who was born in Sariaya, has lived in Santa Clarita since the 1980s. He estimates Santa Clarita is home to 400 Filipino families. last_img read more

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HISTORIC DONEGAL HOTEL TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER

first_imgThe stunning Fort Royal Hotel is to go under the hammerOne of Donegal’s most historic hotel is to be put up for auction on May 11th.The Fort Royal Country House Hotel in Rathmullan is a 15 bedroom hotel which also includes three self-contained cottages set on more than six acres of stunning grounds.The hotel was build in 1805 by British Naval Officer Charles Rae and is located next to Rathmullan House Hotel. The auction of the hotel is being handled by Franklin Estate Agents in Letterkenny and the sale will be held at the property at 2.30pm.Although it is a hotel, the property can also be used as a stunning residence. HISTORIC DONEGAL HOTEL TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auctionFort Royal Hotellast_img read more

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Focused Fortuna Huskies rout Mack, 9-0

first_imgFortuna >> If the playoffs were to start tomorrow, the Fortuna Huskies are more than ready.Fortuna scored seven first half goals en route to a 9-0 blistering of the McKinleyville Panthers on Saturday at Fortuna High School.The Huskies (14-0 overall, 9-0 Big 5) got a hat trick from Julian Urbina and another two goals from Luis Atilano in a game that saw them jump out to a 3-0 lead after a mere 11 minutes had expired in the first half.“Our chemistry is there,” said Huskies midfielder Marin …last_img read more

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Geology and Anomaly Are Practically Synonyms

first_imgWhen formations don’t fit established consensus views, can secular geologists, indoctrinated into long ages and gradual change, think outside the box?Geological “laws” are made to be broken. For any principle a geology student studies at the university, he can almost count on exceptions in the field, because anomalies abound. Dates of rocks can be re-assigned. Effects can be linked to different causes. And some formations are so baffling they defy any simple explanation. Since modern secular geology is closely linked to Darwinian evolution, changes in one field often ripple across to the other. In these articles, we share recent examples of geologists changing their stories.Grand Canyon Dates Revised AgainCambrian Sixtymile Formation of Grand Canyon yields new findings (Phys.org). The venerable Grand Canyon, that textbook example of geological principles and long ages, is up for revision again. Geologists at the University of New Mexico realize this will shock some people.The Great Unconformity in Grand Canyon. In some locales, the Sixtymile Formation appears below the unconformity within the Chuar Group of inclined sedimentary layers. Creation geologist Steve Austin describes it as “composed of sedimentary breccia formed by rapid tectonic disruption and breakage of the underlying, poorly consolidated limestone and shales.” Photo by DFC.The Grand Canyon is one of the supreme geologic laboratories on Earth and, after about 140 years of geologic investigation, one might think that its secrets have been mostly resolved. This is especially true of the flat-lying layered rocks that are so visible from both rims within Grand Canyon National Park.Nearly five decades ago, in the late 1970s, was the last time a new formation was discovered and defined in the Grand Canyon with the discovery of the Surprise Canyon Formation. Now, a team of scientists, including The University of New Mexico’s Karl Karlstrom and Laura Crossey, have studied one of the last Grand Canyon strata to be dated – the Sixtymile Formation.Their research paper, recently published in Nature Geoscience, titled “Cambrian Sauk transgression in the Grand Canyon region redefined by detrital zircons”, found the Sixtymile Formation sandstone to be much younger than previously thought.In brief, the Sixtymile Formation has graduated from Precambrian to Cambrian. Once dated at 650 Ma (mill-annum, or million years), it is now 148 million years ‘younger’ than previously taught. The uncertainty figure, “508.6 ± 0.5 Ma,” seems ridiculous in light of such a drastic revision.  It’s like claiming your grade point average went from 3.95 to 2.43 ± 0.1. What’s with the 0.1? Was the GPA ever really 3.95 to begin with? The size of the revision swamps the uncertainty value.A change like that does not occur in isolation; it reassigns fossils and surrounding strata as well. The evolutionary tale has been that a wave of slow-moving water swept over several continents 540 million Darwin Years ago, bringing marine fossils over the Great Unconformity. This wave, called the Sauk Transgression (not a sin, but a moving layer of sediment over land), now has to be re-assigned to a younger age, about 505 million years ago. Anomalous zircons are the cause for the revised date. In order to prevent too much change to the story of the overlying sediments, the geologists are speeding up the wave. Flood, anyone?“Thus, flooding of the North American continent took place within a geologically short interval between 505 and 500 million years ago – more recently and much more rapidly than previously thought.“Trilobite mass death display, Wyoming Dinosaur Center (DFC)Mention the Cambrian, and you are likely to hear about one of the most embarrassing facts for Darwinism in the fossil record, the Cambrian Explosion. The new dating scheme adds to the worries for evolutionists by removing a hypothesis that the Sauk Transgression might have triggered the explosion:To this day, the Cambrian Period (541 to 485 million years ago) remains a geologic enigma: why did animal life become so globally diverse during this time; why were many continents flooded by advancing oceans in a way rarely seen before or after; and was there any relationship between these two unique features of Earth’s history?Diverse animal life was present 635 million years ago, and trilobites were making hard shells about 521 million years ago such that the new timing data in this paper do not support earlier models that have suggested that marine transgression across the Great Unconformity was a trigger for the onset of the Cambrian “explosion” in the diversity of animal life.Since the peak of the explosion is considered to be 530 to 525 million Darwin Years ago, an effect cannot precede its cause. It was a silly idea for a cause, anyway. Since when did a wave of moving sediment bring forth new animal body plans? Thinking so is the real Transgression.Anyway, evolutionists have one less just-so story to tell. Don’t worry; when one just-so story dies, two more spring up to take its place.Aerial view of Grand Canyon (DFC)To scientists and non-scientists interested in Grand Canyon geology, the paper redefines Grand Canyon’s rock layers and clarifies the age, nature, and geologically abrupt timescale of flooding of continents by oceans that took place 505-500 million years ago (Tonto Group Sauk II transgression). It shows that this event was later than and hence not the cause for diversification of early animal life but it opens new questions about the causes for early trilobite radiations and extinctions and their punctuated evolution which could they [sic] have been driven by multi-stage Sauk I and II global sea level or ocean chemistry changes.It was not for naught. The team had fun hiking in the Grand Canyon. Maybe they shared ideas for new just-so stories around the campfire.“This research, which involved an amazing group of collaborators, and the support of many graduate students, provides a marked revision of classic Grand Canyon stratigraphy by showing that the Sixtymile Formation is not Precambrian, but is middle to late-Cambrian,” said Crossey. “The rapid transgression is interpreted to have been driven by subsidence along the rifted margin and consequent abrupt sea level rise across a subsiding continent.And so now, despite being so very wrong for over 140 years, the experts tell us we can still trust them.“None of us were there to witness the changes, but the rocks provide a record of the changes, once we learn how to read them,” added Karlstrom. “Once again, Grand Canyon’s well-exposed geologic laboratory provides breakthroughs of global importance for understanding the history of our planet and the evolution of life.”They read them wrong the last time. They will probably continue to misread them. How’s that for “understanding the history of our planet and the evolution of life”?The Oxygen Just-So StorySpeaking of the Cambrian Explosion, the Geological Society of America (GSA) put forth another silly idea in a news release: changing oxygen levels creates new animal body plans. That’s right: just add oxygen, and trilobites will pop into existence. Let the power of suggestion hypnotize you: “Did extreme fluctuations in oxygen, not a gradual rise, spark the Cambrian explosion?” In your imagination, did you see a spark appear, followed by a vision of a trilobite? Meditate again till it does.Trilobites are the best-known animals from the Cambrian Explosion. Credit: Illustra MediaAsk yourself who went nuts in the story as it’s told:Five hundred and forty million years ago, during the Cambrian period, life suddenly went nuts. “Blossomed” is far too mild a word: instead, geologists call this sudden diversification an “explosion.” But what exactly sparked the Cambrian explosion?Now, a new study suggests that wild swings in oxygen levels may have sent life scrambling to adapt, leading to a major burst of diversity. That, says lead author Guangyi Wei of Yale University, challenges the long-held explanation that gradually rising oxygen simply reached a life-fueling tipping point. The study was just published online ahead of print in Geology.The Dolomite ProblemDolomite is a very common mineral, calcium magnesium carbonate, CaMg(CO3)2, occurring in crystals and in masses. Did you know it has a problem? Actually, geologists have a problem with it. A paper in PNAS tells you about it and offers hope: “Oxygen isotope composition of the Phanerozoic ocean and a possible solution to the dolomite problem.” If you thought the dolomite problem had been solved, it hadn’t.Dolomite is abundant in pre-Cenozoic strata but mostly absent from Cenozoic strata. This observation was referred to as the “dolomite problem” and has been attributed to the experimental finding that uptake of Mg2+ by Ca-carbonate minerals is kinetically limited, with a rate that depends strongly on temperature, and is prohibitively slow at average modern Earth-surface temperatures. Because marine temperatures are believed to have been higher during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic compared with the Cenozoic, cooling of marine waters and sediments are hypothesized to have driven a decrease in dolomite formation rate. This interpretation views dolomitization as an early (i.e., shallow sediment column) diagenetic process that was rapid and widespread in pre-Cenozoic marine sediments and slow and rare in Cenozoic and modern settings. The Bahamas platform is an example of a rare modern setting where locally high temperatures and salinities overcome these kinetic barriers and allow dolomite formation.The findings presented here challenge this model, as they indicate that pre-Cenozoic dolomites mostly formed at temperatures significantly higher than plausible Phanerozoic ocean water or shallow sediment column conditions and commonly grew from isotopically evolved basinal fluids rather than unmodified seawater.So on they go with a new theory. Since Murphy says that “Every solution breeds new problems,” these geologists have to tackle new questions raised by their proposal: e.g., “An open question is how Mg2+ enters these rocks in the first place.” They also have to get the rocks to undergo deep burial for a protracted time (as far as two kilometers), and then raise them up to mountain heights, like the famous Dolomites in Italy that are almost 11,000 feet high. Good luck doing that in slow-and-gradual ways. Why, then, is dolomite rare in the Cenozoic? “This finding suggests that dolomite is sparse in Cenozoic sediments not because of any peculiarity in their depositional conditions or compositions but simply because they have not yet undergone burial to deep diagenetic settings.” That hasn’t happened for 66 million Darwin Years? Sounds like special pleading to get their hypothesis to work.Anomalous Navajo Sandstone in Arizona (DFC). Secular uniformitarians say these are petrified sand dunes. Creationists see turbulent flood action. Both have the same data, but view the evidence from different worldview assumptions.People should know that geology is as full of just-so stories as Darwinism. Most people only hear about modern geology in the confident-looking displays in national parks. If the story of the greatest laboratory on earth, the Grand Canyon, is still being revised, how much more uncertain are theories about other locations? Unless we can see a process taking place before our eyes (e.g., volcanoes, floods, earthquakes) to use as analogues, the past will always be uncertain. Geologists can only piece together ideas and rule out other ideas, but they weren’t there to know. They can invent hypotheses and test some of them with lab tools like flumes, but one never knows if a model covers all the pertinent factors. That’s the advantage of having an eyewitness account. We have eyewitnesses for Creation and The Flood. We don’t have all the details, but those two “golden spikes” can prevent a lot of wasted effort. Read II Peter 3:3-6. Certainly the Biblical explanations make more sense than the “just add oxygen” idea for obtaining over 20 complex animal body plans.One-sided propaganda on Yavapai TrailGeology experienced The Great Turning Point in the 1830s, when scientists wanted to ditch the Pentateuch and go for more secular ideas. Charles Lyell led them astray with visions of slow-and-gradual processes explaining everything. His vision of the slow accumulation of small changes over millions of years, which he called uniformitarianism, profoundly influenced Darwin, his friend. Lyell became one of Darwin’s “Four Musketeers” to popularize evolution (even though Lyell had problems with natural selection’s atheistic baggage). Charlie & Charlie led geology and biology astray ever since, and only brave mavericks like Derek Ager have had the courage to doubt uniformitarianism (ICR). Nobody in the secular crowd has the courage to doubt millions of years, though, because their bosom buddies, the Darwinians, need all the time they can get. Creation geologists, loosed from the shackles of millions-of-years in the geologic column, are free to think outside Lyell’s box and entertain catastrophic processes. They publish, too, but on a separate track in their own peer-reviewed journals, like the Journal of Creation and Creation Research Society Quarterly, not because they don’t have the credentials (several have PhD’s in geology or geophysics), but because the totalitarian secular materialists refuse to publish anything that doesn’t pay homage to the Darwin idol. At least you have a choice over the same old Charlie & Charlie fare. One place where you can listen to lectures by Snelling, Austin and other creation geologists is at IsGenesisHistory.com. Check it out. See what you’re missing. 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Credit card fraud: Crime involving plastic money takes a bolder turn

first_imgCARD SHARP: Mathew made purchases worth Rs 15 lakh on stolen card numbersAt first, nothing seemed amiss about the trio. Like a growing number of youngsters of their age, they too were out to have a rollicking time. Branded clothes, flashy girls, discos – life was one long party, money,CARD SHARP: Mathew made purchases worth Rs 15 lakh on stolen card numbersAt first, nothing seemed amiss about the trio. Like a growing number of youngsters of their age, they too were out to have a rollicking time. Branded clothes, flashy girls, discos – life was one long party, money a non-issue. The credit card took care of it all. Until, of course, the Mumbai Police received a tip-off.When the police acted on the information and arrested the three in May – Charanjit Singh Chaddha, 24, Karanjit Singh Sethi, 23, and Gaurav Bakshi, 26 – even the law enforcers had not bargained for what they recovered: 80 credit cards – and all of them fake. The youths, it transpired, were from Delhi and part of an international racket in which hundreds of genuine US credit card holders were skimmed to churn out an assembly line of fake plastic.The mastermind behind the racket was a New York-based Pakistani national called Fahad. Chaddha and his friends were running his backroom operations in Mumbai and had colluded with a grocer and travel agent to fabricate bills to siphon off over Rs 1 crore from bank accounts of 80 card users in the US. Indian banks are also suffering: Citibank Rs 30 lakh, Canara Bank Rs 50 lakh, Bank of Baroda Rs 60 lakh…More recently, the Mumbai Police arrested Ravi Shankar, a 34-year-old unemployed computer engineer who bribed a waiter in a city hotel for credit card numbers of customers. Using two of these, he ordered two music systems, a synthesiser and a mobile phone from durableshop.com, a Chennai-based e-commerce site. His luck ran out when a suspicious courier company alerted the police just as he was to take the delivery of a new laptop.advertisementSimilarly, two months ago the police in Kottayam, Kerala, arrested Arun Mathew, a 30-year-old engineer who swapped pornographic pictures for credit card numbers with a front-desk staffer of a US hotel. For over a year, he used the credit card numbers of US-based customers to import lingerie and sports shoes worth Rs 15 lakh from e-commerce chains before a foreign bank informed the local police.CLEAN SWIPELOST/STOLEN CARDS: The most common cause of card frauds.POSTAL/MAIL INTERCEPT: Card criminal intercepts the new or renewed card issued to cardholder and misuses it.MAIL/TELEPHONE/INTERNET ORDERS: Fraudulent transactions in which a cardholder’s credit card number is quoted by an unauthorized person to make purchases or use services.COUNTERFEIT/DUPLICATE CARDS: Cards with counterfeit card association logos, holograms with valid names, account numbers and encoded data.MULTIPLE IMPRINTS/SALES DRAFTS: An unscrupulous trader generates multiple imprints of your legitimate card submitted for payment in his premises. The subsequent sales slips could be used to put fraudulent charges on your card or are sold to other retailers. While credit card frauds are nothing new, what has shocked the police is the growing audacity and scale of the crimes. Billed as a convenience tool, plastic money is as convenient to pick. The global village’s criminal now finds it easier to swipe your card and key in its pin number than to point a gun in your face and rob you. The bag of tricks appears to be full. They range from the relatively dated method of stealing the card in your mail to more tech-savvy ones like hacking websites to get hold of credit card numbers.”Credit card fraud is the bank robbery of the future,” says DCP Dinesh Bhatt of the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences Wing. According to a study conducted by the Credit Card and Management Consultancy (CCMC), an Udaipur-based firm, card-related frauds are now increasing at an annual rate of 30 per cent in India.The study pegs the average loss per card at Rs 60,000 per annum and for ATM cards at Rs 30,000. It estimates that 2 per cent of the Indian credit card base, or two of every 100 persons owning a credit card, become victims of fraud at one time or the other.Just two months ago, the Delhi Police busted a racket in which the employee of a courier company had intercepted and stolen eight credit cards despatched by the State Bank of India to clients in Madhya Pradesh. The cards were then sold to friends who bought computers, clothes, refrigerators and mobile phones worth Rs 1.25 lakh.In August 2000, Delhi-based businessman Mohanjeet Singh applied for a Citibank ATM card. The card was reportedly sent to him by post from the bank’s headquarters in Chennai but didn’t reach him. It was intercepted and used by criminals who in a series of rapid-fire cash withdrawals from various ATMs sucked Rs 17.5 lakh out of Singh’s account over 10 days. The culprits are yet to be identified, let alone arrested.advertisement”Going by the experience of developed countries, card fraud in India will soon be an industry in itself,” says CCMC’s Chief Consultant Vijay Mehta. “The bigger the bank, the bigger the card base and the more vulnerable are customers.” Card companies, however, are circumspect. They have a clientele of over 50 lakh credit, debit and ATM card users, a figure growing by an impressive 22-25 per cent annually.That is, every year 10 lakh card holders join the legion of plastic users. The growing crime, the industry fears, could act as a major deterrent. “It inhibits card usage by customers who have had a bad experience,” admits Citibank spokesperson Madhulika Gupta.How vulnerable is a credit card holder to fraud? As vulnerable as he lets himself to be. He can count himself in the high-risk group if he leaves his cards lying around, doesn’t bother to scrutinise his monthly statements and freely parts with the card number to anyone asking for it on the phone or the Net.EXPOSED: Chaddha (in red shirt) with six others arrested in MumbaiThat’s one side of it. There’s also porous technology and the lack of legal safeguards to contend with. Most foreign banks claim they have the technology to detect card fraud. Standard Chartered, which has over 10 lakh customers in India, has a system which pinpoints abnormal attempts on a credit card.”We send out an advisory to the customer if we see him buying say 10 shirts or indulging in low-denomination transactions, usually done by card criminals to check the card’s validity,” says Shyam Srinivasan, head of the credit cards division, Standard Chartered.Citibank too boasts of a similar check system. But it is obviously not enough. Neither bank will reveal the losses they suffer from card fraud, preferring to call it “well within globally acceptable norms”.While multinational banks can afford to absorb the hits – at the current levels at least – many Indian public-sector banks have shied from entering the technology and volume-driven card industry. Some fight fraud by maintaining modest user levels and thus bypass the sophisticated technology required to protect huge card bases.Taking note of the growing foul play, however, the Reserve Bank of India recently issued a circular advising all major Indian banks to set up internal control systems and participate in fraud-prevention task forces to formulate stringent laws. At present, whenever a fraud is detected it is registered as a case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC. But that’s more of a formality. With no fool-proof protection, victims of fraud often find themselves helpless.While their liability to pay up is reduced if the theft of a card is reported in time, there is little they can do in other cases. Rajesh Dalvi, an executive with a Mumbai TV software firm, for instance, wanted to protect himself from fraud. He asked Standard Chartered for a photo credit card.advertisementA bank “representative” came to his house one evening to collect his old credit card and do the needful. Within a week Dalvi was slapped with a bill of Rs 18,000 for shopping he hadn’t done. Dalvi had no option but to pay up. For bitter cardholders like him, credit is a taboo word now. At least till technology and legislation to tackle plastic crime are fully in place.last_img read more

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