Is Belief in the Supernatural Universal?

first_imgCan evolutionists exempt themselves from the uneducated masses who cling to supernatural beliefs?Most educated Americans and Europeans would look with pity on those who appeal to witchcraft to explain disease or misfortune.  To varying degrees, evolutionists would include Christians, Jews and other religious people as sadly misinformed about the ability of naturalism to account for all phenomena of the biological world including human nature.   Evolutionists commonly study their fellow humans for how natural selection shaped their responses to social stimuli, confident of the ability of Darwinian selection to explain human psychology.  A recent example can be found in a University of Texas press release that announced, “People Merge Supernatural and Scientific Beliefs When Reasoning With the Unknown, Study Shows.”  In the study, UT psychologist Christine Legare and her team sought to identify predictable and universal ways that people handle “supernatural” and “scientific” explanations for things:Legare and her colleagues reviewed more than 30 studies on how people (ages 5-75) from various countries reason with three major existential questions: the origin of life, illness and death. They also conducted a study with 366 respondents in South Africa, where biomedical and traditional healing practices are both widely available.Unexpectedly, respondents’ supernatural beliefs did not decrease with age or education.  Instead, they tended to accommodate the supernatural and scientific explanations with either-or or both-and concoctions: e.g., either witchcraft or a virus caused a person to get AIDS, or both were involved.The team concluded that belief in the supernatural is a universal human trait that children never fully grow out of:Legare said the findings contradict the common assumption that supernatural beliefs dissipate with age and knowledge.“The findings show supernatural explanations for topics of core concern to humans are pervasive across cultures,” Legare said. “If anything, in both industrialized and developing countries, supernatural explanations are frequently endorsed more often among adults than younger children.”The results provide evidence that reasoning about supernatural phenomena is a fundamental and enduring aspect of human thinking, Legare said.“The standard assumption that scientific and religious explanations compete should be re-evaluated in light of substantial psychological evidence,” Legare said. “The data, which spans diverse cultural contexts across the lifespan, shows supernatural reasoning is not necessarily replaced with scientific explanations following gains in knowledge, education or technology.”Legare dubs this “coexistence thinking” –“As children assimilate cultural concepts into their intuitive belief systems — from God to atoms to evolution — they engage in coexistence thinking,” said Cristine Legare, assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study. “When they merge supernatural and scientific explanations, they integrate them in a variety of predictable and universal ways.”Since the press release tagged this story with “evolutionary psychology,” it can safely be assumed that the University of Texas at Austin was not paying her to think outside the explanatory toolkit of evolution: i.e., mutation and natural selection, studied within the standard academic approach called methodological naturalism.  But the question remains: is belief in the supernatural universal?  or have evolutionary psychologists managed to escape coexistence thinking, purifying their explanations of the supernatural, to attain purely natural, scientific insight?Trick question.  If it’s natural, it’s not insight; if it’s insight, it’s not natural.  Let’s get something straight at the outset: everyone is a supernaturalist.  To justify this assertion, we must first provide clarity by defining our terms.  Robert Jastrow, the late astronomer, defined materialism (a rough synonym for naturalism and more useful, since “nature” is an equivocal word) as “particles and the forces by which they interact.”  He said once you have identified these, you’ve done it all – there’s nothing else to insert into your explanation.  What he failed to appreciate is that explanation itself falls outside that box.  Explanation is not natural; it’s supernatural!Lest a reader contend that we are quibbling about words, consider: “explanation” presupposes many things: among them truth and honesty.  Nobody wants an explanation that is false or dishonest.  Truth and honesty, however, if anything, must refer to concepts (again, immaterial things) that are universal, timeless, necessary, and certain.  This is not to say that scientists are capable of attaining certainty; the quest itself, though, presupposes a belief that a good explanation is out there, and when found, will be true and honestly arrived at.  Since all these concepts lie outside of particles and forces – the limits of natural things – it means that evolutionary psychologists and all the other metaphysical or methodological naturalists are supernaturalists in spite of themselves.  Q.E.D.One way out would be for the evolutionary psychologist to admit truth and honesty into their definition of nature.  This move, however, is a slippery slope.  Once they admit the ontological reality of concepts that are timeliness, universal, necessary and certain into their “natural box,” there is no way to keep out God without making an arbitrary distinction (for fuller explication, see “Naturalism Outline” PDF file at this site).  So, enough of this nonsense that evolutionists can exempt themselves from belief in the supernatural.  The question becomes, who has the most coherent supernatural explanation for human nature?Most academics would like a way to exclude witchcraft from the explanation for AIDS; so would Christians and Jews, who believe in Satan and evil spirits.  These are worthy discussions.  However, to pretend that methodological naturalism is the best method is to make an arbitrary rule within the set of supernatural explanations, and risks missing the right explanation.  It basically says, “we admit we believe in the supernatural, but we choose to pretend the supernatural does not exist.”  Such a position is self-contradictory, self-refuting, and self-limiting.  The method that has a solid foundation begins with the nature of God, the ultimate source of truth, the embodiment of all that is timeless, universal, necessary and certain.  Honesty, wisdom and other desirable traits for a scientist come pre-justified with this approach.To know the nature of God, we cannot reason to it from the bottom up with any certainty.  It needs to be revealed.  Taking the Creator’s self-revelation in the Bible gives us a reliable starting point.  The attributes of God as revealed in the Bible give the scientist assurance that truth, honesty, justice, and wisdom matter; therefore, scientific explanations are good to the extent they measure up to those qualities.  Knowing that humans are created in the image of God, yet are fallen into sin, provides the grounds for human psychology. From knowledge of man’s fallen mind, it will take a good deal of scholarly debate on the limits of human knowledge (subjects, incidentally, that have generated much lively debate from Augustine to C. S. Lewis).All these considerations, however, just get us to the starting point for scientific investigation.  The Bible is a condensed book; it does not provide exhaustive information on most questions of interest to modern scientists.  Knowing that we share the image of God, however, we can utilize our God-given wisdom, creativity and conscience to strive for the best explanations, confident that the “truth” is out there in the mind of God.  Other scientists, also working from that foundation, can judge our conclusions, measuring how well they comport with revealed truth and observation.  This approach at least has the hope of success and is self-consistent.  It’s the approach creation scientists have used for centuries and continue to use.  But let us all disabuse ourselves of the notion that evolutionists avoid the supernatural: they just employ an inconsistent supernatural worldview, stealing the concepts of truth and honesty from the Christian worldview while pretending the supernatural doesn’t exist.Application.  Let’s look at the Legare study with a Christian approach.  The data show that certain South African people continue to assimilate their belief in witchcraft with scientific explanations for HIV transmission.  First of all, we might question Legare’s sample, and be reluctant to speak of all South Africans this way.  Second, we would understand that the fallen mind is prey to demonic delusions, such as witchcraft.  Third, we might ask different questions, like, how well-informed are the participants about Biblical theology?  In our write-up, we might agree with Legare that education doesn’t rid some people of false notions, but would approach the conclusion, not from evolutionary psychology, but from Biblical anthropology, that men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil.  Applying our findings, we might encourage better Bible education for these people.  For fun, we might turn the tables and analyze the “coexistence thinking” of Legare and her colleagues, investigating why they continue holding to naturalistic Darwinism when educated into the fact that scientific explanation implies that naturalism is impossible. 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Woman wrestlers round off impressive show with twin gold

first_imgIndia’s woman grapplers capped their impressive Commonwealth Games campaign on a high with a gold for Anita (57kg) and Alka Tomar (59kg) in the freestyle competition at the K. D. Jadhav Stadium on Friday.World Championship bronze medalist in 2006, Alka outmanoeuvred her fancied rival Tonya Verbeek of Canada, who is a twotime Olympic medallist, via pinfall.Later in the evening, Anita swelled India’s medal tally with another gold, as she subdued the challenge of Megan Buydens of Canada 4-1 in the 67kg bout. After her bout, Anita admitted that it was her coach’s strategy that allowed her to achieve the best result of her international career.”My coach asked me to move in just when my opponent backed out after an attack. That is what I did and capitalised on it to win.This was the best achievement of my entire career and I hope to carry on from here,” Anita said.Alka said it was two years of hard work that finally made her a noticeable face in the country.”We have been preparing for this day for the last two years at Patiala. My opponent (Verbeek) was very tough since she has two Olympic medals under her belt and she gave me a good fight.”This was probably my toughest bout but now, I am ready for all such competitions.I hope I’ll carry on my performance in the same fashion and a gold medal at the Asian Games this year is now what I have in my sight,” she added.advertisementIt was the first time that women’s wrestling was introduced at the Commonwealth Games and the Indian grapplers did exceptionally well to win six medals including three gold.Babita, however, failed to repeat her elder sister Geeta’s gold- winning feat and had to remain content with a silver after her 4- 7 (0-2, 4-5) loss to Nigerian Ifeona Nwoye in the 51kg category.last_img read more

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PM Narendra Modi, President hail Mirabai Chanu’s gold at World Weightlifting Championships

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanu’s gold-medal winning effort at the Weightlifting World Championship in Anaheim, USA.Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record and becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim gold in the tournament.”India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on his twitter handle.India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 30, 2017The President’s Office said in a tweet, “Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen!”Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen! #PresidentKovind- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 30, 2017Seeing the tricolour from the podium, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks, as Chanu picked up a rare honour for an Indian at the marquee event.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also prompt in congratulating Chanu.advertisement”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA. In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight. In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA.In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight.In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.#KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/sbs2crloVv- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 30, 2017Olympic medallist and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom said, “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category.”Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category. #OverTwoDecades #ProudMoment pic.twitter.com/xpSG4420t9- Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 30, 2017Another Olympic medallist boxer, Vijender Singh, also joined the country in congratulating the 23-year-old weightlifter.Vijender wrote, “Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship. She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ????Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship.She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ???? pic.twitter.com/Nh2Ge7wLLD- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 30, 2017The PM meanwhile, also lauded cueist Pankaj Advani for winning yet another world title.Modi said, “Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.”Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 30, 2017last_img read more

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a month agoArsenal hero Parlour advises Emery to make Carabao Cup aim

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Parlour advises Emery to make Carabao Cup aimby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks Unai Emery should be aiming to win the Carabao Cup.The Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the third round on Tuesday night as they start their campaign at the Emirates.”I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,” Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finals in last season’s Carabao Cup.”There is no problem with that, it is good to give the youngsters game time and they have some very good youngsters at Arsenal – Reiss Nelson, (Ainsley) Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe. It is great to see players like that come into the team.”But you can also see how important the competition is to teams like Manchester City and it is another trophy to talk about at the end of the season.”It is a magnificent achievement to win any competition and for Arsenal and Unai Emery, and the rest of the top six, they should be – and probably will be – taking it seriously.”There are a lot of games and you get injuries through the season so it is a bit about balancing the squad.”He added: “The big teams have got bigger squads but it still baffles me when you get to the latter stages of any cup competition and rest players.”Arsenal fans would embrace another day out at Wembley and have a good time, as well as challenging to win the trophy – something Arsenal will be wanting to do, I’m sure.”If you ask any fan around the country and say ‘do you want a Wembley day out to go for a cup and win a trophy’ they would say ‘yes, definitely’.”I’m really surprised sometimes when teams rest players. It was the first ever trophy I won as a player and I really enjoyed it and now Emery could make it his first title in England as well.” last_img read more

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Taber police treat burning of Pride flag as arson case

first_imgTABER, Alta. – Police in a small southern Alberta town are treating the burning of a rainbow Pride flag as an arson case.Taber Police Chief Graham Abela says someone used fuel to light a flag pole on fire Saturday and the flames spread to the flag.Organizers of Taber’s first Pride event plan to raise a third rainbow flag.The first flag raised earlier this month was stolen.Abela says police have spoken with the Taber Equality Alliance about what happened and have offered victim services supports.He says police are looking for tips from the public to help the investigation.“This act of arson is a public safety concern and is not taken lightly by the Taber Police,” Abela said in a release Monday.“This type of activity is not in keeping with the values of the community and we denounce this crime.”Earlier this month, vandals in nearby Lethbridge defaced a rainbow crosswalk twice in four days that was put in place to make the city’s Pride festival.last_img read more

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Cominar changes chief executive as REIT repositions it operations

first_imgMONTREAL – Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust is replacing its chief executive as Quebec’s largest commercial property owner repositions its operations to focus on its key markets in Quebec and the Ottawa region.Sylvain Cossette, president and chief operating officer since joining the firm in 2013, will take over on Jan. 1 from Michel Dallaire, who has held the position since 2005.Cossette said Cominar’s (TSX:CUF.UN) plan to reduce its debt, improve its occupancy rate and focus its activities on the Quebec market are key to driving the fund’s organic growth and financial health.The trust announced in August plans to unload about 100 properties following a ratings downgrade. It expects to allocate more than $1.2 billion in expected proceeds primarily to reduce its debt. The remaining $325 million will be used to repurchase units and for acquisitions in core markets.Alban D’Amours, the lead independent trustee, thanked Dallaire for his contribution, calling him “a true builder and visionary who propelled Cominar to become one of Quebec’s most respected real estate businesses.”Dallaire said his family remains one of Cominar’s largest unitholders and is committed to the Quebec City-based business’ success.Dallaire will remain chairman and executive vice-president operations (office and industrial) and asset management.Michael Markidis of Desjardins Capital Markets said the changes should not have an impact on the strategic direction of the REIT. However, he said separating the roles of chairman and CEO, along with the removal of a Dallaire family member from the board, may be perceived as an improvement.Cominar is Canada’s third-largest diversified real estate investment trust, with 523 office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties across Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic Provinces and Western Canada.It will release third-quarter results on Nov. 10.last_img read more

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Fed raises rates for 3rd time this year with 1 more expected

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve signalled its confidence Wednesday in the U.S. economy by raising a key interest rate for a third time this year, forecasting another rate hike before year’s end and predicting that it will continue to tighten credit into 2020 to manage growth and inflation.The Fed lifted its short-term rate — a benchmark for many consumer and business loans — by a modest quarter-point to a range of 2 per cent to 2.25 per cent. It was its eighth hike since late 2015. The central bank also stuck with a previous forecast for three more rate hikes in 2019.In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed dropped phrasing it had long used that characterized its policy as “accommodative” — that is, favouring low rates. The Fed had used variations of that pledge in the seven years that it kept its key rate at a record low near zero and over the past nearly three years in which it’s gradually tightened credit.By removing that language, the Fed may be signalling its resolve to keep raising rates. In a news conference after its meeting, though, Chairman Jerome Powell said the removal of the “accommodative” language did not amount to a policy change.“Our economy is strong,” Powell declared at the start of his news conference. “Growth is running at a healthy clip, unemployment is low. The number of people working is rising steadily, and wages are up. Inflation is low and stable, all of these are very good signs.”The chairman added, though: “That’s not to say everything is perfect. The benefits of this strong economy have not reached all Americans. Many of our country’s economic challenges are beyond the scope of the Fed.”The Fed’s actions and its updated economic forecasts Wednesday had been widely anticipated. Initially, there was little reaction in the stock or bond markets. But later in the afternoon, stocks sold off, and major indexes closed modestly lower.“The Fed stuck to script today, pushing ahead with another rate hike,” said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.But Pearce added, “Our view is that officials are still underestimating just how quickly the economy is likely to lose momentum next year.”He said he expects the Fed to suspend its rate hikes by mid-2019 — and then feel compelled to cut rates by early 2020 to support the economy.In its updated outlook Wednesday, the Fed foresees one final rate hike after 2019 — in 2020 — which would leave its benchmark at 3.4 per cent. At that point, it would regard its policy as modestly restraining growth. The Fed seeks to slow the economy when it reaches full employment to prevent a tight job market from raising inflation too high.During a late-afternoon news conference in New York, President Donald Trump said he was “not happy” about the Fed’s latest rate hike. In a highly unusual move for a president, Trump has publicly complained that the Fed’s rate increases could blunt his efforts to boost growth through tax cuts and deregulation.Earlier, Powell said during his news conference that such outside criticism would have no effect on the Fed’s use of rates to try to maximize employment and stabilize prices.“We’ve been given a really important job to do on behalf of the American people,” Powell said. “My colleagues and I are focused, exclusively, on carrying out that mission.”The Fed’s latest forecast predicts that the unemployment rate, now 3.9 per cent, will reach 3.7 per cent by the end of this year and then 3.5 per cent next year. Not since the late 1960s has unemployment fallen that low.The central bank expects unemployment to begin rising to 3.7 per cent at the end of 2021. It foresees the economy growing 3.1 per cent this year before slowing to 2.5 per cent in 2019, 2 per cent in 2020 and 1.8 per cent in 2021. The Fed sees the economy’s long-run growth at a 1.8 per cent annual rate — far below the Trump administration’s projections for a sustained rate of 3 per cent.Many analysts think the economy could weaken next year, in part from the effects of the trade conflicts Trump has pursued with China, Canada, Europe and other trading partners. The tariffs Trump has imposed on imported steel and Chinese goods, in particular, complicate the Fed’s decision-making.That’s because the tariffs — and the resulting retaliation from America’s trading partners — could weaken the U.S. economy. The Fed would normally respond to weaker growth by cutting interest rates. But tariffs, which are an import tax, can inflate prices. And the Fed typically counters higher inflation by raising rates.Megan Greene, global chief economist at Manulife Asset Management, said she thought the tariffs were more likely to slow the economy than to accelerate inflation.“The real risk of trade wars,” Greene wrote last week, “is a hit to growth, not a boost to inflation.”Indeed, the Fed’s regional banks have reported that some businesses are delaying investments until they see some resolution to the trade hostilities. In his news conference, Powell said some companies have told Fed officials that the tariffs have raised fears that supply chains will be disrupted and raw materials will cost more.Powell said he had yet to see evidence that the administration’s tariffs have raised prices for many consumers. But he said rising inflation remains a threat resulting from Trump’s trade policies.“It’s a concern,” Powell said. “It’s a risk. You could see prices moving up. You don’t see it yet. But you could see retail prices moving up. The tariffs might provide a basis for companies to raise prices in a world where they’ve been very reluctant to and unable to raise prices.”___AP Economics Writers Josh Boak, Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Hyundai Kia invest 300 million in Ola for EVs smart mobility solutions

first_imgNew Delhi: South Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor group Tuesday said it is investing USD 300 million in ride hailing service provider Ola, identifying India as the centre-piece in its strategy to gain leadership in global mobility market. The investment will be jointly made by group firms — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation — and under a tripartite agreement with Ola, the companies will jointly develop electric vehicles ecosystem and fleet services for global markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUnder the partnership, the three firms will also aim to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure customised for Indian market, the companies said in joint statement. “Hyundai and Kia will invest a total of USD 300 million in Ola,” it said. This will be the biggest combined investment as on date by the two automobile companies. Commenting on the development, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice-Chairman Euisun Chung said, “India is the centrepiece of Hyundai Motor Group’s strategy to gain leadership in the global mobility market, and our partnership with Ola will certainly accelerate our efforts to transform into a smart mobility solutions provider. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHyundai Motor Group expects to accelerate its transition from a car manufacturer into a smart mobility solutions provider, as the partnership initiatives will allow it to engage in all aspects across the entire mobility value chain including vehicle production, fleet operation and mobility services, it added. Already, Hyundai has invested in car-sharing startup Revv, which had last year raised Rs 100 crore in a new funding round led by the South Korean auto major. Revv plans to plans to increase its geographical footprint to 30 cities in India within a year from 11 cities. Starting from this month, Hyundai Motor India has launched a pilot project offering customers to experience its products through a subscription model in partnership with Revv. The initiative will cover six cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. As part of the investment in Ola, the group said the companies have agreed to co-create solutions to operate and manage fleet vehicles, marking the Hyundai’s first foray into the industry, as they expand operations from automobile manufacturing and sales to total fleet solutions. Ola Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said the partners will bring to market a new generation of mobility solutions, and constantly expand their range of offerings for consumers. “This partnership will also significantly benefit driver-partners on our platform, as we collaborate with Hyundai to build vehicles and solutions that enable sustainable earnings for millions of them, in the time to come,” he added. Hyundai, Kia and Ola have also agreed to coordinate efforts to develop cars and specifications that reflect the needs of the ride hailing market (both users and drivers), the statement said. The partnership will also look at supporting micro-entrepreneurship opportunities by providing access to customised Hyundai and Kia vehicles as well as financing and insurance benefits for driver-partners. Under the agreement, the three companies will also extensively collaborate on developing unique fleet and mobility solutions, building India-specific electric vehicles and infrastructure, the statement said. Besides, it will also offer aspiring driver partners customised vehicles on the Ola platform, it added. The partnership will offer Ola drivers various financial services, including lease and instalment payments, while vehicle maintenance and repair services are expected to enhance customer satisfaction, it added.last_img read more

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Giorgio Chiellini Juventus first target has been reached

first_imgJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini is happy they’ve now booked their spot in the Champions League knockout stages after a 1-0 win over ValenciaA Cristiano Ronaldo assist enabled Mario Mandzukic to tap-in a 59th-minute winner for Juventus on Tuesday night at Turin.The result ensured the Serie A champions of a spot in the last-16 with BSC Young Boys awaiting them in the final Group H fixture in a fortnight.“The first goal of the season has been reached,” Chiellini told the club website.“We knew that it would be a difficult game because Valencia are a dangerous team in the spaces.“In the first half we could do better, we got too enthusiastic, then we did well in the second [half] – the result is certainly deserved.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Now the Italian defender wants Juventus to restore their focus back to their Serie A campaign, despite having not sealed first-place in Group H yet.However, with the likes of Inter Milan and AS Roma awaiting them before the end of the year, Chiellini would rather focus on domestic affairs.“Now we turn the page and start thinking about the Champions [League] in February,” Chiellini added.“We have to concentrate on the championship because we have a good month ahead of us.”Juventus will next take a trip to Fiorentina in a Serie A match on Saturday.last_img read more

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House Blocked From Approving Disaster Aid Bill for Third Time

first_imgThe bipartisan $19.1 billion disaster aid bill stalled again Thursday when for the third time a GOP lawmaker objected to a request to approve the package by unanimous consent, CQ reported.Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) blocked the latest request, following previous procedural objections by Reps. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Thomas Massie (R-Ky.).“This is absolutely, without a doubt wrong,” Rose said in blocking the latest request. He objected to the approval of nearly $20 billion in spending while the majority of lawmakers were out of Washington.The package, which gained approval from both the Senate and President Donald Trump late last week, is now expected to pass the House when lawmakers return Monday.The long-delayed disaster relief package includes $3.2 billion to rebuild military bases and Coast Guard facilities that have sustained extensive damage from natural disasters in the past year.Army photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Thomas ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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