New details revealed in the lives of two victims

first_imgLANCASTER – Friends knew Christine Bacon was an affable and fit 41-year-old with a “wicked sense of humor,” who after being raised in poverty in her native Jamaica was trying to make a better life for herself. Her daughter, Crystal Dawkins, was a vivacious, strikingly beautiful 18-year-old with an easy smile. Ultimately, friends say it may have been Bacon’s attraction to the good life that led her into a relationship with a man who prosecutors now believe shot both women to death in Bacon’s Lancaster home late last year. Christopher Anthony Brown, 38, was arrested Jan. 18 in Tucson, Ariz., and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in a special-circumstances case that could bring the death penalty. A friend of Bacon’s, who asked not to be identified out of concern for her safety, said she became concerned when Bacon failed to show up for work for several days and did not return phone calls. When she heard media reports of two women’s bodies being found in a Lancaster home, she said she called detectives and told them about Brown. Bacon owned her house in Lancaster as well as a Las Vegas property she rented, several sources confirmed. She also rented an apartment near Marina del Rey where she was a recruiter for an online university, the friend said. Bacon worked full-time, was enrolled in a postgraduate program for a master’s degree in marketing, and was seen driving a Lexus and carrying Gucci handbags. Her earlier life, however, had been a struggle. After living in Jamaica, she moved to London as a child, where she experienced a constant barrage of racial epithets. Bacon’s relationship with Brown also was turbulent, the friend said, and the pair had parted several months earlier. Homicide investigator Bill Marsh said Bacon was dating several men, but did not say whether that is being considered a factor in the case. Bacon’s daughter, Crystal, was living in Columbia, S.C., and had been visiting her mother for the Thanksgiving holiday. Maurice Dawkins, Crystal’s father, said he plans to remain in the Los Angeles area to monitor the case. His lawyer, Freddy Sayegh, said Dawkins raised Crystal but now has lost his home-maintenance business and is living on borrowed money. “(Crystal Dawkins) was a fun-loving person who always liked to take part in community events,” Dawkins said. “She always liked to smile. She was a great daughter and a great Christian.” On an Internet site known as “Bonnie’s Blog of Crime,” one writer named Melania described Crystal as a fun-loving girl with a spiritual dimension. “… hope to God your killer rot … but i’ll pray for him cause that what you would want – love you girl.” (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He also is facing separate drug charges and is being held by Pima County sheriff’s deputies while awaiting extradition to Los Angeles County. Officials discovered the bodies of Dawkins and Bacon on Dec. 18 at Bacon’s Price Lane home. Sheriff’s homicide detective William Cotter said they had been dead perhaps more than three weeks. Homicide investigators assigned to the case have been tight-lipped about the inquiry, although they have said there were no signs of forced entry into the house. They have not commented on Bacon or Brown’s backgrounds, saying they are reluctant to release any information that could jeopardize the case. A law enforcement official has confirmed, however, that Bacon placed a 911 call Nov. 21 saying Brown had threatened her and asking for a police escort. last_img read more

Peace Region students competing at Canada-Wide Science Fair

first_imgThey earned their spots as the top five students at the regional science fair in Fort St. John in April. They will join hundreds of other students from across the country in displaying their original research, which ranges from a robot that detects H2S to a study of drinking fountain contamination. They’ll compete for medals, cash awards, scholarships and other prizes. Last year students from our region won silver and bronze medals, along with a number of scholarships. Kyle Plamondon, McPhail and Van Volkenburg all competed at last year’s competition in Charlottetown, with this being Van Volkenburg’s third time at nationals. She took home two silver medals in 2013, while McPhail won two bronze medals and $1,300 in prize money.- Advertisement –last_img

Newcastle youngster extends Coventry loan spell

first_img Gael Bigirimana 1 Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has extended his loan spell at high-flying Coventry until January 24.The Burundi international moved back to the League One side, with whom he started his career, on loan in November and has made five appearances so far.Newcastle have now confirmed that Bigirimana, whose loan deal was due to expire this week, will remain at the Ricoh Arena for another fortnight at least.The 22-year-old, who was bought from Coventry for £1m in 2012, has made 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies but has not featured under Steve McClaren.last_img


first_imgDONEGAL’S All-Ireland winning team has received the most nominations for this year’s All Stars – with an incredible TWELVE nominations.A total of twelve counties are represented amongst the 45 nominees.But Donegal top the list with 12, followed by Mayo who have ten. The 12 Donegal players nominated are goalkeeper Paul Durcan, full backs Eamon McGee, Neil McGee, and Paddy McGrath, half backs Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn, and Anthony Thompson, midfielders Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh, half forward Mark McHugh, and full forwards Colm McFadden and team captain Michael Murphy.It could be a record-breaking All Star list.And it is now certain that the Footballer of the Year will be a Donegal player –  with Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn on the three man shortlist.Lacey could pick up his fourth All Star, to add to those he won in 2006, 2009 and 2011. In the Young Footballer of the Year shortlist Paddy McBrearty will compete for the award with Meath’s Donal Keogan and Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor.The 2012 All Star football team will be announced on Wednesday, October 24th. The All Star award ceremony will take place that Friday evening, October 26th.Here are the 45 nominees for GAA/GPA 2012 All Star Team:Goalkeepers: David Clarke (Mayo); Stephen Cluxton (Dublin); Paul Durcan (Donegal).Full Backs: Eoin Cadogan (Cork); Ger Cafferkey (Mayo); Keith Higgins (Mayo); Donal Keogan (Meath); Eamon McGee (Donegal); Neil McGee (Donegal); Paddy McGrath (Donegal); Rory O’Carroll (Dublin); Michael Shields (Cork).Half backs: Emmet Bolton (Kildare); Colm Boyle (Mayo); Adrian Flynn (Wexford); Lee Keegan (Mayo); Karl Lacey (Donegal); Frank McGlynn (Donegal); Kevin Nolan (Dublin); Michael Quinn (Longford); Anthony Thompson (Donegal). Advertisement Midfielders: Neil Gallagher (Donegal); Rory Kavanagh (Donegal); Barry Moran (Mayo); Aidan O’Shea (Mayo); Brendan Quigley (Laois); Aidan Walsh (Cork).Half Forwards: Paul Barden (Longford); Alan Dillon (Mayo); Paul Flynn (Dublin); Paul Kerrigan (Cork); Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin); Mark McHugh (Donegal); Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo); Graham Reilly (Meath); Ciarán Sheehan (Cork).Full forwards: Bernard Brogan (Dublin); Jamie Clarke (Armagh); Colm Cooper (Kerry); Conor Laverty (Down); Colm McFadden (Donegal); Andy Moran (Mayo); Michael Murphy (Donegal); Donncha O’Connor (Cork); Colm O’Neill (Cork).THE DAZZLING DOZEN! 12 DONEGAL PLAYERS ON ALL-STAR NOMINATION LIST was last modified: October 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE DAZZLING DOZEN! 12 DONEGAL PLAYERS ON ALL-STAR NOMINATION LISTlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Defeats Illinois State, 82-64

first_img PDF Box Score As a team, Drake tallied 23 assists on 26 field goals. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) equaled Bachrodt with six assists and Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) handed out four assists for the second-straight game. The Bulldogs made their first 21 free throw attempts and finished the game an impressive 22-of-25 from the charity line. Following Sunday’s game, Drake welcomes Loyola Jan. 11 in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the MVC home opener will be broadcast on ESPN+. Illinois State (8-5, 1-1 MVC) had its seven-game winning streak snapped. The Redbirds were led in scoring by Lexi Wallen’s team-high 16 points. Tete Maggett and Simone Goods finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Loyola 1/11/2019 – 6 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines ESPN+ NORMAL, Ill. – For the second-straight game, the Drake University women’s basketball team led from start-to-finish as it won on the road at Illinois State 82-64 Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena in Missouri Valley Conference action. Full Schedule Roster Drake women’s basketball will host the fifth annual “Baby Bowl” on Sunday, January 13 during halftime of its 2 p.m. game against Valparaiso. Register your baby today at Drake (10-4, 2-0 MVC) was led by Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo), who recorded her second consecutive double-double and sixth this season with 22 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) had 16 points while Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 13 points, six assists, three steals and three rebounds.center_img Next Game: Coming off a fast start in Friday’s victory at Bradley, Drake came out firing again Sunday. The Bulldogs tallied five assists on its first five baskets, all by different Bulldogs, to hold a 14-6 lead at the game’s first media timeout. In the first five minutes, Bachrodt nabbed two early steals and moved to No. 6 all-time in career steals at Drake with 221.  Print Friendly Version Bachrodt made back-to-back threes out of halftime as the teams traded baskets. The Bulldogs though used two different big scoring runs and led by a game-high 25 points early in the fourth quarter. Illinois State made up some ground in the fourth quarter as it outscored Drake, 21-16, behind nine field goals. Watch Live After enduring a nearly four-minute scoring drought to end the first period, Hittner and Rhine, scored back-to-back baskets and Bachrodt nailed a deep three-pointer to push the lead to 23-11 in the second. The Bulldogs extended their advantage to 32-13 with a 16-2 overall scoring spurt as the Redbirds called timeout after Rhine’s three-pointer. Later, Illinois State pulled to within six points, but Rhine scored five straight points to give Drake a 41-30 halftime lead. Story Links HTML Box Score last_img read more

Former Cranes International Ausi Kaaya is dead

first_imgAusi Kaaya has been battling a Lung infection for a while (File Photo)Former Uganda Cranes and proline football club player, Ausi Kaaya, has died. He has breathed his last  on Saturday evening at Mulago hospitalThe Crane international was diagnosed with diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis in 2017 and required over Shs20m to undergo treatment to save the life of the star.Despite the efforts, Kaaya’s health continued to deteriorate by the day.A successful fundraising drive held in February 2018 started by Kaaya’s childhood friend, Mathias Lukwago generated close to Shs5M for his treatment that helped in his treatment at nsambye hospital.Who is Ausi Kaya?Kaaya was born on 1st April 1983 to Ahmed Mukasa and Madina Nakalema in the famous footballing hub of Kawempe division, a Kampala surburbHe studied at Kawempe Mbogo primary and Kawempe Muslim Secondary school until he successfully completed his advanced level education.In his budding career, Kaaya was inspired by the legendary former Uganda Cranes captain Ibrahim Ssekagya, now at New York Red Bull youth team as coach.Kaaya’s potentiality as a promising defender was discovered by the late Steven ‘Gayiige’ Mulinde.He had a blossom club and country career which witnessed him play at State House, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Police and lately Proline behind he hung up his playing boots.Kaaya won two Uganda Premier League titles with Police 2005 and later at KCCA F.C in 2010 under head coach George ‘The Best’ Nsiimbe.He also won the CECAFA clubs championship with Police.His national team career witnessed him amass 35 caps, featuring in 8 CECAFA senior challenge cup tournaments with only one title in 2005.Kaaya’s passing presents moment of reflection on the lives for many retired sportsmen whose lives are in misery after an hitherto promising career.Profile:Full Names: Ausi KaayaDate of Birth: 1st April 1983Place of Birth: KawempeParents:Ahmed Mukasa and Madina NakalemaFamily: Married with two daughters [Hayira Kaaya (11) and Rahima Kaaya (8)]Education: Kawempe Mbogo (Primary)Kawempe Muslim (Secondary)Football Career:State House, KCCA, Police and Proline (Club football)Uganda Cranes (35 caps)Football success:Winner CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup (2005)Winner CECAFA Club Championship (2005)Winner Uganda Premier League [Police (2005), KCCA (2010)] was first referred to Nsambye hospital whereKaaya’s life and career:Kaaya was born on 1st April 1983 to Ahmed Mukasa and Madina Nakalema in the famous footballing hub of Kawempe division, a suburb of Kampala city.He studied at Kawempe Mbogo primary and Kawempe Muslim Secondary school until he successfully completed his advanced level education.In his budding career, Kaaya was inspired by the legendary former Uganda Cranes captain Ibrahim Ssekagya, now at New York Red Bull youth team as coach.Kaaya’s potentiality as a promising defender was discovered by the late Steven ‘Gayiige’ Mulinde.He had a blossom club and country career which witnessed him play at State House, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Police and lately Proline behind he hung up his playing boots.Kaaya won two Uganda Premier League titles with Police 2005 and later at KCCA F.C in 2010 under head coach George ‘The Best’ Nsiimbe.He also won the CECAFA clubs championship with Police.His national team career witnessed him amass 35 caps, featuring in 8 CECAFA senior challenge cup tournaments with only one title in 2005.Comments Tags: Auusi Kaayatoplast_img read more

Mavericks Barbers: Scrub up on these Top 5 shower gels

first_imgThe male grooming experts at Mavericks Barbershop Letterkenny present a tried and tested guide to their best-approved shower gels for man’s every need.With hundreds of shower gels available on the market, finding the best one is nothing short of a drudging task. Shower gels offer numerous benefits, and some contain a variety of natural elements, including potent oils, scents and vitamins. Questioning the difference between using a bar of soap and a shower gel? Studies have shown that gel cleansers are less likely to unsettle your skin’s pH levels than soap, as those brick-shaped substances supposedly strip the skin of its essential oils. So now you ask: What makes for a premium shower gel? Answer: A variety of things. For starters, it should possess high-quality ingredients like grapefruit or bergamot oil – basically, all the good stuff that does wonders for your skin type depending on its sensitivity level. Like shaving gels, see whether it lathers well, as the suds produced from shower gels can strengthen skin cleansing. Bonus points if it has a long-lasting scent.These aren’t exactly the type of results you’ll get from all supermarket brands, which is why we’ve compiled this collection of options from across the spectrum. Here’s a look at the 5 best shower gels that deserve a trial run somewhere on your shower rack, to see what you think…Molton Brown Black Peppercorn Body Wash Best for: A soothing, relaxing washThis one remains a favourite for its concentrated formula, distinguished appearance and intoxicating aroma. Grooming connoisseurs can take solace in knowing that the zestful body wash eliminates skin toxins, whereas fitness freaks can rely on it to boost circulation and relax muscles post workout. Amazingly cleansed and fragrant-ready, Molton Brown has created potentially the most invigorating aroma-therapeutic shower scent out there.Lynx BlackBest for: A great scentLynx Black has the sudsy mannerisms of an elite shower gel, with bergamot and frozen pear notes to inspire social grace. Lynx formulated this wash, collaborating with fragrance icon Ann Gottlieb to develop it in conjunction with legendary fragrance house Firmenich, which confirms its elite status, and you can enjoy it at an unbeatable low price.Dove Men+Care Cool Fresh Body and Face WashBest for: Hydrating your skinDove continues to meet the needs of the ‘flakey dry man’ with its solid line of grooming solutions. The brand uses its patented MicroMoisture to hydrate your skin, tackling dryness and irritation. It’s a clinically proven formula and promises to leave you exuding a cool, invigorating scent.Scaramouche and Fandango Body WashBest for: Refreshing the skinThe UK-based Scaramouche and Fandango has one of the most revitalising and underrated body washes out there. Composed of Brazilian papaya and vitamin E, this gel delivers an enticing scent tailored for dapper dans. Not to mention that it’s oil, silicone and paraben-free. Old Spice Original Shower GelBest for: Everlasting smellBeing suckers for old school grooming in Mavericks it is no surprise that this one has made the short list. But it is by no means undeserving. A good shower gel maintains its scent for long stretches, working in tandem with your deodorant. This urbane gel gives off a pungently masculine aroma that locks into the skin for up to 7 hours daily, so is good enough to get you through an entire workday without you resorting to the cheap aftershave you have in the car or office at work! More surprising is how the product performs just as amazing as it smells, with a super-rich lather factor that comforts skin with gentle foam. Its inexpensive cost also means you can stock up without breaking the bank.Gents pop over to our Facebook page to be in with a chance to WIN a Mavericks t-shirt, a voucher for a haircut and a hamper worth €120, we are giving away this fantastic prize to celebrate the launch our t-shirt & hoody range… Click on the link below Mavericks Barbers: Scrub up on these Top 5 shower gels was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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:mavericks traditional barbershoplast_img read more

DD Motoring: Sam’s the man at the Letterkenny Soap Box Derby

first_imgAs the school doors reopen at the end of the summer break pupils will return to normality and settle down for the incoming term.And as it is the norm a teacher will ask their pupils to write an essay on anything special that they did for their summer holidays.One pupil going into his final year at Lurgybrack National School will gaze out the window and smile. Advertisement By Brian McDaid. You only had to take a look at the body language of young Sam Gorman as he stepped down through the makeshift pit lane on the Port Road shortly after 1pm on Sunday.One of his fans called over to him from the improvised grandstand of the Four Lanterns steps outside the fast-food takeaway and his pit crew made up of his sister, cousin and uncle Seamus just smiles back.The Gorman’s were on a mission Advertisement Ever since the rumours hit the grapevine that an International Folk Festival was back on the cards in Letterkenny “Gorman Go-karts Racing Team” was back after a 30-year gap.Sam Gorman arriving on Sunday to defend the Gorman title, pictured with some of his race team. Photo Brian McDaid.Code name “SG2”A lot of work went on behind closed doors over the summer evenings of 2019 to develop “SG2” which is the code name for the evolution of “SG1” which was developed nearly 40years ago.Even before the win in 1988 the prototype Go-kart SG 1 which was built by the late Seamus Gorman.Summer evenings were spent with his children getting ready for many of the Soap Box Derby’s in the International Folk Festival. Mark Gorman nearly won the event in the early 80’s but was pipped at the post by the late Billy Black and his brother Jason.Soap Box champions 1988, Seamus Gorman with sons Mark, Seamus, Sammy, Patrick, John Paul, and Stephen. along with neighbour Charlie O’Donnell.An old photo shows Mark Gorman getting his runner up prize in 1983 for the International Folk Festival Soap Box Derby. The picture was taken in Dillion’s Supermarket Car Park just off the Main Street.Included in the picture his mum Monica and granny Katie Holmes in the centre. Also included Louise Gorman, Ciaran Harvey, Fiona Harvey, Siobhan Harvey, Seamus Gorman junior and a very young Sammy on the right.Then in 1988, 30 years ago, Gorman’s homemade Soap-Box was victorious that year when they lifted the title of winner for that race through the streets in that far off summer back in 1988. That year the team included, Soap Box champions 1988, Seamus Gorman with sons Mark, Seamus, Sammy driving, Patrick, John Paul, and Stephen along with neighbour Charlie O’Donnell.An even younger Sammy Gorman only 10 years old was the driver that steered the rather robust wooden racing frame on a motorcar back axle and tyres to victory that year.The Gorman Racing Team including driver Sam, Manager Sammy, his brother Seamie and and their team of sons and daughters. Photo Brian McDaid.31 years on and bragging rights in the Gorman camp were at stake as the title was up for grabs as the international Folk Festival returned to Letterkenny on its 50th anniversary.Mini Monaco Street RaceOn Sunday afternoon the Port Road in Letterkenny turned into a mini Monaco F1 track complete with starting ramp, hay bales, crowd barriers, chicanes and jumps.Crowds gathered from early morning for the qualifying and tyre testing as timing systems were set in place.(NWNewspix)Donegal’s version of Prince Rainier of Monaco, Seamus McGettigan did his presidential duties to flag off the cream of soap-box racing at the starting line at the Golden Grill.Our own Murray Walker had a distinctive Arranmore Island tone to his commentary as DJ Tubbsey, Thomas Costello filled the street with race commentary.The RaceRacing proper got underway at 2pm as timing beams were lit up, clocks were zeroed, and the race was on.Barriers on the Port Rd. from the old Golden Grill to Boyce’s Corner were filled as spectators got the best vantage point to watch all the unique shapes and forms that made up the soap-box field for the 50th anniversary grand Prix.Rhys Mc Elhinney gives a thumbs up at the finish of his run in the Soap-box Derby at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.Chief timekeeper for the event and updates supremo, Shannon Side Sister Sara’s Damien Mc Gettigan was down to hundreds of a second as young competitors like Rhys Mc Elhinney, Oisin Mc Crabbe and young Crossan from the Pulse to name but a few posted times upon the board.Launch control Oisin Mc Crabbe had launch control issues in his wide track “Type R” after he launched over the ramp and his racing projectile landed hard only to take to the air again and only for a great bit of opposite lock from this young Manorcunnigham man brought his Soap Box under control againGreat work by Oisin Mc Crabbe to recover from this moment on the Soap-Box Derby on Sunday. Photo Brian McDaid.Gorman’s glory The High centre of gravity of “SG2” Soap Box of 12-year-old Sam Gorman complete with two different colour suspended bicycle forks soaked up all the 2019 track could throw at it.A very clean driving style of young Gorman was the secret for young Sam to take the baton of champions from his father Sammy who first won on the streets of Letterkenny three decades before.Sam Gorman takes to the air on his way to winning the 2019 Soap-Box Derby on Sunday at the 50th International Folk Festival. Photo Brian McDaid.Seamus GormanThe late Seamus Gorman was a supporter of the Soap Box Derby for years building and designing a Soap Box with Sammy and his brother Mark.Mark also competed in the Soap Box Derby in the early eighties and had stiff competition with the black family Billy and Jason. Seamus also supported the Donegal Rally while working with Donegal Oil in the 80’s and provided sponsorship to local rally crews from his company Errigal oil in the 90’s.Mark Gorman getting his runner up prize in 1983 for the International Folk Festival Soap-box Derby. pictured was taken in Dillions Car Park just off the Main Street. Included in the picture his mum Monica and granny Katie Holmes in the centre.Also included Louise Gorman, Ciaran Harvey, Fiona Harvey, Siobhan Harvey, Seamus Gorman junior and a very young Sammy on the right.Sadly Seamus passed away in 2001 but would have been so proud to see his grandson Sam uphold the Gorman racing tradition with his fine win. Roll on 2020.As we go to press there are unconfirmed reports that Mercedes F1 Team Principal Totto Wolff has been on the phone to the Gorman household in Co. Donegal this week to see if he could sign the young driving ace Sam Gorman to partner Louis Hamilton in the coming years after his great win in Letterkenny at the weekend.Unconfirmed reports this week is that Mercedes FI principal Totto Wolff is trying to secure a racing contract for the young driving ace Sam Gorman following his win in the Soap-Box Derby in Letterkenny.Sam’s proud mother Julie, who took the call is believed to have said: “We’ll see”.Watch this space…Happy Motoring Folk.DD Motoring: Sam’s the man at the Letterkenny Soap Box Derby was last modified: August 28th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

Big Science Pushes Gay Marriage

first_img(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterest分享0 Is it the business of science to convert people to support “gay marriage”?  Look what the AAAS just published.A homosexual doctoral candidate at UCLA, with the help of a Columbia University political science professor, just published an advocacy piece in Science Magazine, dressed up as a controlled experiment, promoting gay marriage (the only “control” was support for recycling).  The experiment was noticeably lopsided, lacking any attempt to persuade people to support traditional marriage.  Now, all the science media are jumping in to celebrate the new “findings” on how to convert straight people to supporters of gay marriage using a short, scripted interview.  Laura Geggel says on Live Science, “Short Talk Can Change People’s Views on Marriage of Same-Sex Couples.”The student, Michael LaCour, shown in a UCLA press release, hired his friends at the Los Angeles LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Center as canvassers.  All of them supported gay marriage.  Half, reportedly, were straight; the other half gay.  The Science Magazine paper calls the LA LGBT Center their “partners” — “Canvassers were recruited and trained by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, our nongovernmental organization partner.”  Using scripted conversations, the canvassers went door-to-door to see if they could get opponents of gay marriage to change their minds.  According to the paper, many did.LaCour and Green began by identifying California precincts that had supported the ban on gay marriage, eventually settling on an especially conservative area of Southern California. They then used voter rolls to invite every voter in those precincts, as well as their housemates, to participate in an Internet survey on politics, including only two questions about support for same-sex marriage….The average length of these conversations was only 22 minutes, but the visits had dramatic effects.In follow-up surveys three days later, the researchers found that attitudes were unchanged among the voters who discussed recycling and those who weren’t visited by the interviewers. But among those who spoke with canvassers about gay marriage, support had jumped eight percentage points.“The change was equivalent to transforming a Midwesterner into a New Englander on the issue of gay marriage,” quipped Green, a highly regarded authority on research methods in the social sciences.There’s no question about LaCour’s bias in this “experiment,” because the UCLA press release has him speaking of supporters of traditional marriage as “those who deny marriage equality” – a buzzphrase no conservative would ever use.  He also speaks of “prejudice” against gay marriage, but not of prejudice against traditional marriage.With this success in his resume, LaCour wants to test other ways to push his leftist views.  “The issue LaCour and Green were studying was Americans’ support for gay marriage, but LaCour is in the process of replicating the results with another hot-button issue, abortion rights,” the press release says. “He hopes to eventually test whether a similar approach could shift people’s attitudes toward undocumented immigrants.”Update 5/20/15: LaCour has been forced to retract the paper because he fabricated data. Science Magazine moved swiftly to announce the retraction after Green raised concerns about the data and requested the journal retract the paper. A follow-up study apparently got very different results, and LaCour has admitted to “misrepresenting some data,” although he has been sluggish in writing his own retraction. “In the meantime, Science is publishing an Editorial Expression of Concern to alert our readers to the fact that serious questions have been raised about the validity of findings in this study.” It’s not clear why it took six months for the fraud to come to light. PhysOrg relates that the fraudulent story had ripple effects around the world: “The article in Science received widespread news coverage in December, including articles by the AP, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.” LaCour is claiming that he “accidentally deleted the data”—a strategy from the Hillary Clinton playbook?Hey, frogs in the pot, are you noticing how hot the water is now?50 years ago, “gay marriage” was unheard of.  In fact, in the entire history of civilization, the concept would have seemed bizarre, if not evil.  Even in ancient Greece, where homosexuality and even pedophilia were rampant, “marriage” was always defined in heterosexual terms.  Just 10 years ago, Clinton and Obama were against it, and were supporters of laws against it, until they slowly “evolved” into supporters just a few years ago.  Over the years, homosexual couples had every right granted to them bit by bit, but lacked that special word, “marriage.”  Majorities in many states voted against gay-marriage initiatives, including liberal California.  Many of these laws were overturned by leftist judges, some of them openly gay themselves (talk about conflict of interest).Straights were told that if they just gave in, and let the gays have marriage, everything would quiet down and they wouldn’t bother us any more.  But then, supporters of Prop 8 in California were targeted for harassment.  We watched earlier this year as the well-qualified web expert and CEO Brendan Eich lost his job at Mozilla when his bosses learned he had donated $1,000 to the Prop 8 campaign years prior (Fox News).  We are seeing small businesses persecuted and fined if they do NOT cater to gay couples.  It may not be long before this website is condemned, and maybe shut down, for daring to mention that gay marriage is not a good thing.  Are you noticing how hot the water is now?The LGBT people will stop at nothing but outright violence against anyone who dares question them.  In this “experiment,” they tried the gentle nudge approach.  If it works, LaCour wants to nudge conservatives away from other hot-button issues, like abortion and immigration.  Soon, it will be a crime to oppose the state’s required beliefs.  Thought crimes will be punishable by fines, imprisonment, or death.  If you don’t think so, look how fast this has all happened, and how history has shown what totalitarian regimes can do.But aside from all this, look at what a sloppy “experiment” this was: no controls, no attempt to involve conservatives, no attempt to hire members of pro-family organizations as canvassers, no attempt to try to convince anyone to support traditional marriage, no criticism of the interviews by opponents of gay marriage, no attempt to include conservative, pro-family researchers in the team, no monitoring of the degree of coercion of the canvassers, and no consideration of possible fears of repercussion by interviewees if they answered “incorrectly.”  Look at how they shoved aside any concern over privacy rights by garnering information on how people voted, and specifically targeted conservatives.  This was pure advocacy, and now it has the imprimatur of “science” behind it, being published by the AAAS in America’s most prestigious “science” journal, Science Magazine.  (Both authors list their expertise as “political science.”)  Look at the Editor’s Summary: no calling attention at all to any of these flaws:Dialogue opens the door to attitude changePersonal contact between in-group and out-group individuals of equivalent status can reduce perceived differences and thus improve intergroup relations. LaCour and Green demonstrate that simply a 20-minute conversation with a gay canvasser produced a large and sustained shift in attitudes toward same-sex marriage for Los Angeles County residents. Surveys showed persistent change up to 9 months after the initial conversation. Indeed, the magnitude of the shift for the person who answered the door was as large as the difference between attitudes in Georgia and Massachusetts.We can expect to see the LGBT community shoving this paper in the face of pro-family conservatives, and using it in court to show the benefits of nudging the last remaining “deniers of marriage equality” to get with the program.  We can expect more persecution of churches and businesses who won’t obey the thought police.  We can, that is, unless the frogs get out of the pot and start making some racket, like a few states are pushing back against allowing boys in “gender neutral” girls’ bathrooms.  But beware, these LGBT people, many of them, are some of the most vile, foul-mouthed, vicious individuals you can imagine, filled with rage against the “hate crime” of denying marriage to homosexuals.  I know this from experience in Twitter debates and my JPL trial.  It is shocking what some of these people will say and do.  While making up a very small segment of society, homosexuals’ influence vastly outweighs their numbers.  It’s all part of a plan some rich homosexuals plotted years ago, as documented in David Kupelian’s book, The Marketing of Evil.If you are one of those straight-bashers, let’s have a little dialogue, shall we?  Remember, the issue is not about hate or stopping your freedom, but just about whether the word “marriage” should be redefined in our time to mean something it never did before.  Is it wrong for me to disagree with that?  If you say yes, would you acknowledge that most atheists and evolutionists agreed with my position 50 years ago?  Does morality evolve?  If it does, then you have no claim to believe your position is morally right.  It’s all about power, isn’t it?  Are you prepared to live in a world where morality is defined by those in power?  Beware!For those who accept Lacour and Green’s strategy for changing opinions, let’s see where that could lead.  How about an experiment on recruiting young people for ISIS?  How about an experiment nudging people to accept beheading?  How about an experiment to change people’s minds about cannibalism?  See our satire on Cannibal Rights and consider whether it is outlandish any more these days when anything goes.last_img read more

A nonfiction guide to South Africa’s 20 years

first_imgThe books team at the Sunday Times has put together a list of the top South African books that they believe give readers insight into the country’s transition into a free and democratic nation.Here we highlight the past 20 years of winners of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s premier literary award. Named for Alan Paton, author of Cry, The Beloved Country, the prize is given to books deemed to be outstanding works of non-fiction.Interested in South African novels? See Read your way through 20 years of democracy, which highlights 20 years of the best fiction writing.Highlights from 20 years of nonfiction1994Return to Paradise by Breyten Breytenbach (Human & Rousseau)South Africa heads toward majority rule, yet Breytenbach is far from optimistic about its future. He sees a civil war raging and the land awash in blood. A New York Times notable book of the year. Awarded the SundayTimes/Alan Paton Prize.1995Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Little, Brown)The riveting memoirs of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Long Walk to Freedom recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela’s destiny.1996The Calling of Katie Makanya by Margaret McCord (New Africa Books)A moving, illuminating memoir that chronicles the life of an extraordinary woman who was born in 1873 in colonial South Africa and lived through the early years of apartheid to her death in 1955.1997The Seed is Mine by Charles van Onselen (Jonathan Ball)After years of interviews with Kas Maine and his neighbors, employers, friends, and family – a triumph of collaborative courage and dedication – Charles van Onselen has re-created the life of a man who struggled to maintain his family in a world dedicated to enriching whites and impoverishing blacks.1998Africa: A Biography of Continent by John Reader (Penguin)A one-volume history of Africa that starts in geological pre-history and the formation of the continent, spanning centuries, and ending with decolonisation and African nationalism. This massive book is the result of four years research, most of it in Africa.1999Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary by Stephen Clingman (Jacana)In 1964 Bram Fischer led the defence of Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial. Two years later, Fischer was himself sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for his political activities against the policies of apartheid. This meticulous and finely crafted biography follows a fascinating journey of conscience and personal transformation.2000Mandela: the Authorised Biography by Anthony Sampson (HarperCollins)Anthony Sampson first met Nelson Mandela in the 1950s – and was given complete access to all his personal papers, to the man himself, as well as to his friends and political associates, to write the full story of one of the world’s greatest leaders.2001A Mouthful of Glass by Henk van Woerden (Jonathan Ball)A short, tough story of the man who killed Hendrick Verwoed, the racist prime minister of South Africa, in 1966. Born in Mozambique of a Greek father and African mother, Demitrios Tsafendas was a man lost between the races, maddened by not knowing who or what he was.2002The Dressing Station by Jonathan Kaplan (Pan Macmillan)Surgeon Jonathan Kaplan has flown around the world on medical assignments, but as this debut book suggests, he never feels more engaged with life than when among the dying.2003Midlands by Johnny Steinberg (Jonathan Ball)In the spring of 1999, in the beautiful hills of the Kwa-Zulu-Natal midlands, a young white farmer is shot dead on the dirt road running from his father’s farmhouse to his irrigation fields. The murder is the work of assassins rather than robbers; a single shot behind the ear, nothing but his gun stolen, no forensic evidence like spent cartridges or fingerprints left at the scene. Journalist Jonny Steinberg travels to the midlands to investigate.2004A Human Being Died that Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (New Africa Books)Eugene de Kock, commanding officer of apartheid death squads, is currently serving 212 years in prison for crimes against humanity. He was denied amnesty, while many of his former comrades walk free. Gobodo-Madikizela visited Pretoria’s maximum security prison to meet the man many know as Prime Evil. What followed was a journey into what it means to be human.2005The Number by Johnny Steinberg (Jonathan Ball)On 9 June 2003, a 43-year-old coloured man named Magadien Wentzel walked out of Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. Behind him lay a lifelong career in the 28s, South Africa’s oldest and most reviled prison gang. In front of him lay the prospect of a law- abiding future – and life in a household of eight adults and six children, none of whom had a job. Jonny Steinberg met Wentzel in prison at the end of 2002. By the time Wentzel was released, he and Steinberg had spent more than 50 hours talking. The Number is an account of their conversations and of Steinberg’s journeys to the places and people of Wentzel’s past.2006Aids Safari by Adam Levin (Jonathan Ball)With searing honesty, tender prose and outrageous humour, Adam Levin takes us through the daily trials of living with AIDS, travelling from promiscuity and denial, through the terrors of imminent mortality to face the realities of his disease. Joint winner in 2006 of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award with Witness to Aids by Edwin Cameron (Tafelberg).2007Portrait with Keys by Ivan Vladislavic (Umuzi)Through precisely crafted snapshots, Ivan Vladislavic observes the unpredictable, day- to-day transformation of his embattled city, Johannesburg. A dazzling portrait of a city – and an utterly true picture of the new South Africa.2008Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser (HarperCollins)Mark Gevisser’s profound psycho-political examination of Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s second president. A brilliant but deeply flawed leader, Mbeki attempted to forge an identity for himself as the symbol of modern Africa in the long shadow of Nelson Mandela.2009In A Different Time by Peter Harris (Umuzi)Set in a South Africa gripped by unrest and political tension, when the ANC was in exile and repression at its height. It tells the story of four young South Africans – assassins who reported directly to Chris Hani – who embark on a mission that lands them on Death Row. This true account reveals the lengths people are prepared to go to to fight for what they believe, and the acts people will commit to preserve the status quo.2010The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law by Albie Sachs (Oxford University Press) From a young age, Albie Sachs played a prominent part in the struggle for justice in South Africa. As a result, he was detained in solitary confinement, tortured by sleep deprivation, and eventually blown up by a car bomb that cost him his right arm and the sight of an eye. His experiences provoked an outpouring of creative thought on the role of law as a protector of human dignity in the modern world, and a lifelong commitment to seeing a new era of justice established in South Africa.2011The Unlikely Secret Agent by Ronnie Kasrils (Jacana)This remarkable story of a young woman’s courage and daring at a time of increasing repression in apartheid South Africa is told here for the first time with great verve and elan by Eleanor Kasrils’s husband, “Red” Ronnie, who eventually became South Africa’s Minister of Intelligence Services in 2004.2012Stones Against the Mirror by Hugh Lewin (Umuzi)A brave and moving memoir which is both a family history and a story of friendship and betrayal between people caught up in the wrenching forces of South Africa’s struggle for freedom.2013Endings and Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi (Jacana)Redi Tlhabi makes the painful journey back to her death-marred childhood in Orlando, Soweto in the 1980s. A township under siege, Redi’s father is murdered – and the perpetrators never found. And then Redi meets Mabegzo: handsome, charming and smooth – and a rumoured gangster, murderer and rapist.Originally published by BooksLive. A selection republished here with kind permission.For the full list of both fiction and non-fiction titles – with short descriptions – visit the BooksLive blog at download BooksLive‘s colourful infographic made up of the covers of the selected “notable reads” and prize winners as a high-res PDF, click here. To download a high-res image in jpg format, click here.last_img read more