In the face of the ongoing Ebola crisis, the Liberian economy is being dealt huge blows, receding by over 6 percent in less than six months. The gross domestic product (GDP) was projected to have grown by 5.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014, but it is now revised downward to 0.4 percent due to the health crisis in the country. In 2013, projected gross domestic product (GDP) growth was 8.0 percent, but it was later revised downward to 5.9 percent prior to the Ebola outbreak.GDP growth was further projected downward to 2.5 percent after the Ebola outbreak and has now shrunk into negative growth. With the increasing threats the Ebola outbreak poses to the economy, the Liberian Government also revised its draft fiscal budget downward reducing revenue projections from over US$540 million to about US$470 million. This is happening in the face of increasing government spending. The Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Mr. Amara M. Konneh told reporters at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefing yesterday that the economy is undergoing serious stress as a result of the Ebola crisis and the need to intervene in further stabilizing the country’s already fragile economy cannot be overemphasized.“The government is challenged in dealing with deficit financing. We have a very huge task in dealing with deficit financing because we don’t want to sink our country into another huge debt,” said Minister Konneh. With the numbers in fiscal deficit lingering around US$305 million, Konneh declared that the government’s Economic Management Team (EMT) has taken several stringent measures towards ensuring strong fiscal discipline in government to create savings, while it is looking for new external sources of funding mainly grants money, to finance the deficit. “We as a nation and people are going through a very difficult period when our efforts to recover from past trials, consolidate the dividends of peace and build a strong and diverse economy still titter on the brink of instability as a result of the prolonged presence of the EVD on our shores,” he said. This massive decline in economic activities can be attributed, in part, to external factors, as the country’s chief export commodity rubber price dipped by 41.2 percent per ton on the world market. Rubber price on the world market has reduced from US$126.8 per ton in 2013 to US$74.6 per ton as of September 2014. This decline is further exacerbated by a 39.2 percent decline in the price of iron ore from US$135.4 per metric ton in 2013 to US$82.3 per metric ton as of September 2014. Minister Konneh explained that the declines in the prices of the country’s chief export commodities is a consequence of the economic slowdown in China as well as an appreciation of the US dollar, which is up 2.5 percent. The massive decrease in the prices of the country’s primary commodities has meanwhile resulted in a 31 percent and 81 percent decrease in export earnings from rubber and iron ore, respectively. Average inflation rate has been projected at 11.4 percent for 2014, up from 7.6 percent for 2013, while the end-of-period inflation rate for 2014 is projected at 14.7 percent, up from 8.5 per cent in 2013. This is far beyond the single digit inflation requirement by the West African Monetary Zone and other monetary unions, of which Liberia is a part. The domestic causes of the economic decline are even more demanding, as total government revenue and grants are projected at 27.4 percent of GDP for fiscal year 2014/15, down from 29.9 percent of GDP for fiscal year 2013/14. Total expenditure plus net lending for fiscal year 2014/15, on the other hand, is projected at 28.6 percent of GDP, down from 31.4 percent of GDP for fiscal year 2013/14. The overall fiscal balance including grants for 2014/15, registers a projected deficit of 1.2 percent of GDP, as compared to a deficit of 1.6 percent for 2013/14. But the overall fiscal balance, excluding grants for 2014/15, reflects a projected deficit of 4.9 percent of GDP as compared to a deficit of 4.0 percent for 2013/14.“Owing to this widening fiscal deficit,” said Minister Konneh, “the public external debt for 2014/15 is projected at 14.3 percent of GDP, as compared to 11.6 percent of GDP for 2013/14; while the central government’s domestic debt for 2014/15 is projected at 15.0 percent of GDP, as compared to 16.6 percent of GDP for 2013/14.”Despite these numbers showing looming threat, Minister Konneh assured the public that the government cannot afford to lose sight of its responsibility to effectively govern and remain fully accountable to the people.“The successes we have seen in the field owing largely to our health care workers and the resilience of our communities, must invoke a renewed sense of national urgency to deal with the governance issues that all but exposed our country during these trying times,” he said.The Minister released three very important documents to the public including the first quarter fiscal outturn covering the period July 1st to September 30th 2014 and the First Quarter Consolidated Fund Account and the Ebola National Financing Report, reflecting contributions and expenditure on core Ebola response activities, in line with the National Ebola Response Plan.He challenged ministries and agencies including security agencies that received the Ebola fund to compile and submit their reports to the Ministry of Finance and the General Auditing Commission (GAC) for audit purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A businessman of Moruca, Northwest District, Region One was chopped to death by an allegedly insane man. Jimmy Changra was attacked in Koko village on Friday during which one of his arm and leg were severed.Details of this story will follow in the March 18th, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.
Members of the Blizzard Bike Club took part in one of the most physically demanding events on their calendar yesterday. Riders took part in the Cactus death endurance race, and taking first place was Ben Dawson as he completed 13 laps in 5:48:15.Second went to Dawit Feyissa who completed 12 laps in 5:45:08. Taking third was Matt Gilmore as he did 10 laps in 5:39:58, fourth was Jeremy Peters with 10 laps in 5:51:38, finishing fifth was Nate Dovick with a time of 5:29:23, and rounding out the field in sixth was Robert Sapp as he did nine laps in 5:33:40.- Advertisement –
This isn’t the first time the $96 million Chatsworth Courthouse has been the subject of controversy. The courthouse, originally planned in the 1980s, was delayed by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, construction disputes and neighborhood opposition. The 300,000-square-foot facility opened in 2002 at Winnetka Avenue and Plummer Street. After promising nearby residents that only misdemeanor cases would be handled at the courthouse, court officials decided in 2003 to transfer felony trials to other courthouses, allowing the lockup facility to be closed and saving the cash-strapped court system $1 million annually. Today, the courthouse only handles civil matters and doesn’t use the lockup facility at all. “If and when we ever get funds to build the courthouse out to the number of courtrooms it’s supposed to have, then that dynamic could change,” Parachini said. “When we had to consolidate operations during the 2002 budget crisis, we combined functions of the Chatsworth and Van Nuys lockups. The one in Van Nuys could handle the sole demand for both of them, and it’s much cheaper to run than the two. “It was a fiscal decision that resulted in the Chatsworth Courthouse being converted to a civil-only courthouse, at least for the time being.” Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Sheriff Lee Baca has no desire to use the Chatsworth lockup to house inmates. “It’s a court facility and it would be cost-prohibitive to turn that into a full jail,” Whitmore said. “Just to bring it online as a lockup would cost $3.5 million.” The jurors’ concerns come as the Sheriff’s Department has been reopening some jails throughout the county to ease overcrowded. Because the jails are so full, Baca has granted early release to hundreds of thousands of inmates in recent years, many whom only served 10 percent of their sentences. In an effort to address the problem, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation earlier this week that will shift thousands of inmates sentenced for minor, nonviolent crimes out of county jail beds and into electronic-monitoring systems using ankle bracelets. This will allow the additional jail beds to be used to ensure violent criminals serve longer portions of their sentences. Up to 2,000 inmates in the county jail system will be placed into electronic monitoring systems. Currently, about 400 offenders are on electronic monitoring. “This should alleviate a lot of the overcrowding,” said Supervisor Don Knabe, who proposed the legislation last year. “And the big thing here is to allow law enforcement and judges to have control over sentencing, versus the prisoners themselves. “For those convicted of minor offenses, it should help to alleviate some of the overcrowding while also keeping the bad guys in there.” email@example.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County court officials said Friday that while a civil grand jury has described an unused detention facility at the Chatsworth Courthouse as a “multimillion dollar boondoggle,” the structure cannot be used to permanently house inmates. In a report this summer, jurors wrote that the “Chatsworth Jail” includes a state-of-the-art detention facility engineered to accommodate 350 prisoners, but is empty and not being used even as state prisons are full beyond capacity. But Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said the Chatsworth facility is a “lockup” – like those in courthouses around the county – used to temporarily house inmates as they await court appearances. Under state regulations, Parachini said the facility cannot be used like a jail because it does not have medical, kitchen or laundry facilities. “It just ain’t a jail,” Parachini said. “It’s unfortunate the Grand Jury mistook it for a jail facility. Maybe they didn’t fully understand the difference between a jail and a lockup. A lockup is different from a jail in a variety of ways. “The cells are not designed for overnight occupancy. And obviously, there is no security perimeter around the building, which would be another requirement of a jail. “It is a courthouse with a lockup. It was never designed, and as currently configured, never could be a jail.” But in their report, jurors said the facility “sits in an empty, pristine and unused condition, despite the fact that the Board of Supervisors is well aware of the appalling conditions at both Twin Towers and Men’s Central Jail. “Who is responsible for the multimillion dollar boondoggle, also known as the Chatsworth Jail?”
Arsenal have informed Roma they will have to stump up £15m if they want to secure the signing of Wojciech Szczesny on a permanent deal.The Poland goalkeeper spent last season on loan at the Serie A club and enjoyed a beneficial spell in Italy, making 42 appearances and keeping nine clean sheets.Szczesny has admitted he would be open to continuing at Roma next season, while Arsenal are also open to extending his stay there for another year before having him back in north London to compete with Petr Cech for the No 1 spot in 2017/18. But Roma are only interested in signing Szczesny on a permanent deal and it is understood the club have been put off by Arsenal’s £15m asking price.Roma are willing to try and negotiate a lower offer with Arsenal – thought to be around £10m – but if the two clubs fail to reach an agreement then the Italians will switch their attentions to signing Brazilian ‘keeper Alisson from Internacional. 1 Wojciech Szczesny in action for Roma
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Conscious Goods Caravan will visit, noon-2 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 260-2377. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. TODAY Community Forum will feature Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (818) 368-3838. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Women of Extraordinary Faith book group will discuss “An Extraordinary Faith,” 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Valentine story time and craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to repair trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Men’s Club will participate in the sixth annual World Wide Wrap, 9 a.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 254-2411. Swing dance auditions for couples ages 20 to 40 for “Wartime Romance,” 1 and 2:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Performances will take place in June. Call (661) 259-9444 or visit www.wartimeromance.com. Free workshop, titled “Financial Planning for Teens,” 3-4 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Open auditions for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be held throughout this week at D.E.E. Studio Productions. Call Nancy Dee Horak at (661) 254-4543 to schedule an audition. Anti-Gang Task Force will hold an informational meeting, 6 p.m. in the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Cynthia Llerenas at (661) 255-4918. Santa Clarita Emblem Club will meet, 6:45 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-1500. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Castaic Lions Club will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Greeting card class will teach fast and easy Valentine’s Day cards, 6:30-8 p.m. at Timeless Memories, 24922 Anza Drive, Suite B, Valencia. Call Alexa Joy at (661) 755-3452 or visit www.alexajoy.com. Santa Clarita chapter of the Century City Ski Club will meet, 7 p.m. at Coco’s, 24930 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Don Gately at (661) 255-8873. I Can Cope cancer support group will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call the American Cancer Society at (661) 298-0886, Option 3. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Boating safety class, titled “Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation,” 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 268-0143. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Inkspell” by Cornelia Funke, 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Valentine craft and story time, 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. SCV Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385. Mom’s Mixer for local mothers to meet and socialize, 7-9 p.m. at the home of Liz Hodson in Valencia. Call Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Sierra Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety Program, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Cat in the Hat story time, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Weimann scored five goals in 43 appearances for Derby last season The 26-year-old forward has penned a three-year contract with the Robins for an undisclosed fee, although reports claim the deal was worth around £2million.Weimann, who scored nine goals in 88 games for the Rams after joining from Aston Villa in 2015, is fourth new arrival at Ashton Gate this summer.The Austrian, who has 14 international caps, made over 100 appearances in the Premier League with Villa and revealed his hopes to help his new club reach the top flight.“I’m excited to get going,” Weimann told BCTV.“It’s an exciting time for the club and from a personal point of view, the head coach said he wants to play me through the middle, which is where I always want to play. 1 Bristol City have confirmed the signing of Andreas Weimann from Championship rivals Derby County. #WelcomeAndreas🗣 “I want to get back to the Premier League and I want to help this club do that.”Andreas Weimann speaks of his ambitions having put pen to paper at Ashton Gate.Full interview 👇— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) July 3, 2018“I am hoping I can come here and kick on, score a few goals and play as many games as I can. Hopefully I can also bring some experience with me as I’ve been around a few years now.“Promotion was the target at Derby, but we didn’t achieve that,” he continued.“I am coming here with the same target, I want to get back to the Premier League and I want to help this club do that.”City head coach Lee Johnson said of the new arrival: “We are delighted Andreas is joining us and I am excited to work with him.“He is a really good player with good experience. His work rate is second to none and he is someone who will add know-how to our group.“We are bringing him in primarily as a striker, who can also play wide if necessary, and I am confident his attributes will enhance the squad and our team.“With our system and shape, I believe he can be a goalscorer that can blend in with the other four senior strikers we have on our books.”
McDERMOTTThe death has taken place of Gerard McDermott of Cellbridge, Co Kildare and formerly of Glenties, Co Donegal. Former GAA analyst and late of the Revenue Commissioners. Peacefully, after a long illness bravely and courageously borne at the Beacon Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Elma and much loved father of Trevor. Predeceased by his parents Con and Frances and brothers Con, Vincent and Seamus. Sadly missed by his loving brothers Fr. Pat (Mississippi), Donal and Liam, sister Rosaleen and her husband Eddie, partner Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, relatives and a large circle of friends. Reposing at his home tomorrow, Sunday afternoon, from 2pm with removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Celbridge on Monday evening, arriving at 6pm. Funeral on Tuesday, after 11am Mass, to Donacomper Cemetery.SHERIDAN The death has taken place at Aras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing Home, Milford of James Sheridan, Craig, Rathmullan. Remains reposing at her daughter Martina Sheridan’s residence at Craig, Rathmullan. Funeral Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Rathmullan tomorrow, Sunday, at 1pm, followed by interment in Rathmullan cemetery. Family flowers only please – Donations, if desired, to the Patients’ Comfort Fund, Aras Uí Dhomhnaill, c/o the Sheridan family.DOHERTYThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Josephine Doherty, late of The Cottages, Redcastle. Remains reposing at her home. Funeral from there on Sunday morning at 10 o’clock going to St Columba’s Church, Drung for Mass at 10.30am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 was last modified: November 19th, 2011 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:2011DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAYNOVEMBER 19
FERNDALE >> Growing up in Pleasanton in the 1960s and ‘70s meant you were inevitably around the horse-racing industry.The town wasn’t that big and it seemed half the people in Pleasanton were involved with horses in some capacity. For Allen Aldrich, his initial involvement was indirect, from his time working at the Pleasanton Fairways Golf Course that was located in the infield of the race track.“I worked at the course and was around the horses every day,” recalled Aldrich. “I would be out …
(Visited 2,018 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Contributing author Jerry Bergman has two books out on the persecution of Darwin skeptics, and a third one is coming out soon. As you read case after case, you will be shocked at the bigoted intolerance of the Darwin lobby against anyone who doubts their views. Scientists, reporters, teachers and other professionals have lost jobs, been denied tenure, and otherwise marginalized or ridiculed for –what? the crime of finding the Darwinian faith unconvincing in one way or another. Darwin bigots take extraordinary efforts to prevent criticism of their views from being heard. If you value freedom of expression and association, and think science needs to hear dissenting views from a fossilized consensus, do your part to defend the rights of Darwin skeptics. —Ed. by Sal CordovaOnce upon a time, the distinguished paleontologist Günter Bechly was on German national TV celebrating Darwinism, but then something happened. He read books about intelligent design and found them compelling. On a web page, Bechly describes part of his transformation from Darwinist to an advocate of intelligent design (ID). His story is also told by the Discovery Institute in a YouTube video.Günter Bechly’s views changed when he read ID books (Discovery Institute)Though Bechly now accepts ID, he would not be classified as a typical creationist. He had no religious background in his youth or adult life. Nevertheless, it is obvious he has had a radical change of views on many levels after making an honest effort to learn about the reasons some scientists doubt Darwinism. These radical changes include his conversion from Darwinism to ID first, and later from atheism to Catholicism. This did not sit well with the Darwin lobby.A follow-up insult incident happened recently. As David Klinghoffer points out at Evolution News & Science Today, Wikipedia erased the memory of Bechly’s accomplishments.Günter Bechly is a distinguished paleontologist, specializing in fossil dragonflies, exquisitely preserved in amber for tens of millions of years. After revealing his support for the theory of intelligent design, he was pushed out as a curator at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany. He subsequently joined Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture as a Senior Fellow. Now we learn that our colleague has suffered another act of censorship: he has been erased from Wikipedia, ostensibly for not being “notable” enough.But this recent insult by Wikipedia is nothing compared to what happened earlier at the German Natural History Museum. Evolution News reports:Now, with the debate about intelligent design (ID) taking place on an increasingly international stage, we reach across the Atlantic to name Germany’s Natural History Museum in Stuttgart as our 2017 Censor of the Year.If you follow us at Evolution News, you’ll already have an inkling of the story that lies behind this choice. On Friday we announced a new Senior Fellow with the CSC, the distinguished German paleo-entomologist Günter Bechly, formerly curator of amber and fossil insects at the Natural History Museum. In welcoming Dr. Bechly, a specialist in dragonflies, we left out one thing. After coming out as an ID sympathizer in 2015, following his private exploration of the evidence for design in nature, Bechly was the victim of retaliation and censorship by his institution. Though the addition of Dr. Bechly to our scientific community is a wonderful boon to us, the ensuing parting of the ways with his museum came with heavy personal, professional, and health costs.Bechly joins a line of several former Darwinian scientists who rejected the naturalistic story for the origin of biological complexity, and suffered for it. The list includes Dean Kenyon, Richard Lumsden, Caroline Crocker and many others.Sal Cordova, who has worked as a scientist, engineer, and a leader in the ID movement, has 4 science degrees and is working on a PhD. See his Author Profile for more information and for his previous CEH articles.