Pemex gets new director of management and services

first_imgMexican state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has appointed a new corporate director of management and services.Pemex said on Wednesday that Marco Antonio Murillo Soberanis was named as the corporate director of management and services, a position that was until recently held by the current Pemex CEO Carlos Treviño Medina.Medina vacated the position and took over as CEO in late November. He replaced José Antonio González Anaya, who took over as head of the state-owned company in February 2016.Soberanis’ career at Pemex spans 33 years. Throughout this time, he has held several senior management positions in the company. From 2002 to 2004 he was in charge of the corporate human resources management division, and later held the position of deputy director of human resources for 11 years. In 2015 he was appointed as the deputy director of labor relations and personnel services.The company added that he was in charge of the office of corporate management on three separate occasions, in 2009, 2012, and 2017.last_img read more

Broyld provides boost in running game; Krautman misses 2 field goals

first_img Published on September 17, 2012 at 3:02 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman It took three games, but Ashton Broyld finally showed why he was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school.About eight minutes into the second quarter against Stony Brook on Saturday, the freshman running back sliced through the Stony Brook defense and ran 22 yards for his first career touchdown in Syracuse’s 28-17 win over the Seawolves. Broyld rushed for a total of 61 yards in the game on 10 plays, finishing behind Jerome Smith as the Orange’s second-leading rusher on the day.Broyld lined up in the backfield and in the slot, and he thrived most when he was taking handoffs from quarterback Ryan Nassib.“It felt like I belonged there,” Broyld said. “I was not too surprised or too excited; I was just waiting for it to happen. Today, I was fortunate enough for it to happen.”Broyld, a Rochester native, has seen time in all three of the Orange’s games this season. Against Northwestern on Sept. 1, he took four passes out of the backfield for 28 yards. After that game, he went to head coach Doug Marrone asking to play more.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Saturday’s game, Marrone said before he could get increased playing time, Broyld needed to understand his role.“He is a very, very good athlete. But, in order to play more, you have to know the ins and outs of everything you are doing,” Marrone said. “We have been getting him more involved. We have been getting him more carries. That’s the direction we would like to go.”Krautman’s struggles continueField-goal kicker Ross Krautman missed both of his field-goal attempts on Saturday, one from 45 yards and the other from 38 yards. It was Krautman’s third miss of the season, as he missed one from 44 yards out against Northwestern.Marrone said after Saturday’s game that he has more concern about Krautman than he’s ever had in his career.“I think Ross has been a very good, very consistent kicker for us. I’ve been very, very happy with him. He’s been one of the more accurate kickers,” Marrone said. “He’s missed three field goals and that’s unlike him.”Krautman’s two misses on Saturday gave away points on a day Syracuse’s offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders, allowing Stony Brook to keep it close until the end.The first miss came after SU running back Jerome Smith ignited the offense with a 19-yard run to the Stony Brook 27 yard line, but two incomplete passes and a loss of 1 yard on a run killed the drive.Krautman’s miss finished it off.His second miss came on the Orange’s next drive with the team on Stony Brook’s 21. An incomplete pass from Nassib made it fourth-and-7, and Krautman’s kick went wide right.Marrone said it’s also disconcerting since Krautman only has to focus on field goals with Ryan Norton handling kickoffs.Slow starts a mystery for MarroneAll week long, Marrone stands in front of the team and teaches the game plan. The players seem confident, but then, come game time, slow starts keep Syracuse from putting together scoring drives.And then at halftime, he repeats what his players need to do and they start to click.At halftime on Saturday, Nassib had only completed six of his 15 passes for 112 yards, which was inflated after a 61-yard gain on a swing pass to Prince-Tyson Gulley. In the second half, though, Nassib completed 16 of 20 passes for 223 yards. It was a stark contrast to the struggles before halftime.It’s been a recurring theme through Syracuse’s first three games.For some reason, the Orange’s offense hasn’t executed early in games, making for nail-biting finishes for Marrone and his coaching staff.“Honestly, I don’t know what it is,” Marrone said. “It’s my job to find out. We are going through a process of eliminating things as we work through this season.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Answers sought on golf and the environment

first_img England Golf is working with the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and other organisations to produce a Golf Sustainability Project, and is appealing for help with a questionnaire to take the scheme forward. Golf courses in the UK cover an area equivalent to the Lake District National Park. Unmanaged areas, which provide habitat for wildlife, wildflowers and other flora and fauna, are estimated to cover more than 1,000 square kilometres, or the equivalent of the New Forest and Pembrokeshire Coastal Parks combined. Golf courses offer improved air quality, carbon dioxide absorption, air temperature reduction, rainwater run-off attenuation and a host of other valuable natural processes. The idea of a Golf Sustainability Project has been developed following extensive discussions between Tony Hanson from Environmental Solutions International, Dr David Slawson and Dr Poppy Lakeman Fraser from Imperial College London and Howard Craft from Burhill Golf and Leisure. With support from England Golf, BIGGA, and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE), ESi has designed a short questionnaire for those in the golf industry to gather baseline information on the natural environment and resource consumption. With sufficient information it may be possible to make a case for funding and resources from a range of charities and other organisations. To complete the questionnaire, download it here and return it to Tony Hanson via email: [email protected] 3 Feb 2017 Answers sought on golf and the environment last_img read more

Did Apostle Paul Just See a Meteor?

first_img(Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An astronomer explains away Paul’s Damascus vision as a meteor that “changed the course of Christianity.” But does this explain a miracle or insert several more?There has been a long tradition by scientific materialists to explain away Biblical miracles as natural phenomena that simple people in ancient times did not understand. The Flood, for instance, was just a local inundation from the Black Sea. The plagues on Egypt were natural cycles of normal events. The resurrection was a case of the disciples going to the wrong tomb. Here’s a new one: Saul of Tarsus saw a meteor over Damascus. It changed the course of western civilization.According to New Scientist:William Hartmann, co-founder of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, has a different explanation for what happened to Paul. He says the biblical descriptions of Paul’s experience closely match accounts of the fireball meteor seen above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.Hartmann has detailed his argument in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science ( He analyses three accounts of Paul’s journey, thought to have taken place around AD 35. The first is a third-person description of the event, thought to be the work of one of Jesus’s disciples, Luke. The other two quote what Paul is said to have subsequently told others.“Everything they are describing in those three accounts in the book of Acts are exactly the sequence you see with a fireball,” Hartmann says. “If that first-century document had been anything other than part of the Bible, that would have been a straightforward story.“Explanations of this kind usually require auxiliary hypotheses. The voice was meaningless noise that got misinterpreted. The scales that fell off Paul’s eyes were flakes of sunburn from the bright fireball.Writer Jacob Aron finds some plausibility in this account of a natural incident changing the course of history. Didn’t the dinosaurs go extinct from a meteor, changing the course of evolution? Didn’t the Tunguska meteor flatten forests for miles around? Meteors can be world-changing things!Hartmann believes we need to think seriously about the implications of his idea. “My goal is not to discredit anything that anybody wants to believe in,” he says. “But if the spread of a major religion was motivated by misunderstanding a fireball, that’s something we human beings ought to understand about ourselves.”Hartmann might test his hypothesis scientifically, even though he thinks it would be highly unlikely to find pieces of the meteor still lying around in Syria. He could examine how many times meteors created new religions. He could find meteors that speak the words of Jesus. Or, he could point to great philosophers, theologians, and authors of sublime books who were inspired by meteors.The problem with naturalizing miracles in the Bible is that the proferred explanations become more unlikely than the miracle itself. Are we to believe that Paul had never seen a meteor before? Meteors are visible every dark night, and meteor showers several times a year. Almost everyone has seen several bright fireballs by the time they are in their twenties or thirties. Meteors may not have been understood in the way we know them today, but any commonplace natural phenomenon will be understood on its own terms. Paul spent many nights outdoors on his travels. Never did he relate any other case of a “talking meteor” speaking for Jesus. Wouldn’t you think that this intellectual, camping out somewhere in Asia Minor, would see a bright meteor and realize he had been mistaken at Damascus years before? This was no meteor! Fireballs come in with a bang and vanish in seconds. The risen Christ spoke with Paul for a minute or longer, relaying specific words and sentences to him that he remembered the rest of his life.Paul was no fool. He was well educated, an intellectual of his day. His writings are of a high intellectual and moral caliber, showing acquaintance with logic, reason, and philosophy. He is not the sort of person to be deceived by his senses, hearing voices and seeing apparitions that did not occur. He repeated his testimony about that Damascus event many years later to Herod Agrippa II without modification, stating additional things the Lord told him.More importantly, Paul’s message came from other personal appearances of the risen Christ and his own knowledge of Scripture. His own study of the Old Testament—not a meteor—was the foundation for his theology. He did not preach to the people on his travels about the Damascus event, but about  Old Testament prophecies to the Jews, and the evidence of creation to the Greeks. If Hartmann’s weird hypothesis were to be followed, we would have to think that meteors generate sublime writings like I Corinthians 13 about love, or the great moral teachings about humility and Christlikeness in his epistle to the Philippians.And, we might ask, what meteors inspired Peter, John, Luke, Matthew, and the other disciples, Barnabas, Philip, and the author of the epistle to the Hebrews? Paul did not change western civilization in a vacuum. He was welcomed by all the other apostles as God’s chosen messenger to the Gentiles. They gave him the right hand of fellowship. When Paul proclaimed the resurrection of Christ in I Corinthians 15, he did not point to a meteor, but to 500 eyewitnesses—many of them still alive—who could corroborate the certainty of the event. Together, not alone, they changed the world, because they were all eyewitnesses of the risen Christ. (Would that today’s Syrians would open Paul’s letters and read them. They still have the power to change the world.)One could ask who is really starstruck here. Hartmann has already undermined his credibility, because his evident naturalism is self-refuting: i.e., to trust his own senses, his own reasoning, or his own credibility, he must presuppose objective truth and morality. So he is a supernaturalist already. And if he thinks his brain is the product of blind, chance forces, he believes in miracles, too: miracles of chance so implausible as to question the sobriety of those who lean on them.Eyewitness testimony is a form of evidence. Most of what we believe about history is based on eyewitness testimony. You can’t put Paul in a test tube, or repeat an alleged meteor. One has to weigh all the evidence for something as unlikely as the conquest of the Roman empire by a group of persecuted fishermen and commoners. It makes good sense to trust the eyewitness account of a faithful and wise man like Paul, whose credibility was undergirded by a lifetime of self-sacrifice, compassion, humility, love and reason—a man willing to suffer a martyr’s death for his account of how the Lord changed him from the “chief of sinners” who persecuted the early church to an obedient servant of the Christ He met, and came to know, and loved. Discounting Paul’s testimony because one’s philosophy cannot accept it is what’s unnatural.12 “In this connection I journeyed to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 At midday, O king, I saw on the way a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, that shone around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language,[a] ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me.22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?”[b] 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.” (Acts 26:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9).last_img read more

Ravena shines as NLEX survives KIA; Magnolia rips Alaska

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments NLEX trailed big at the start as the Picanto played with so much purpose after being maligned for all of the offseason with questionable manpower movement, and the Road Warriors needed a critical four-point play from the veteran Larry Fonacier with 66 seconds left to gut out the win.Magnolia got 30 points from Paul Lee in the nightcap, with a 108-95 victory over Alaska putting the Hotshots in the company of the Road Warriors and three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer as opening match winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter having just five full practices with the squad in his return from an MCL injury, Lee hit 11-of-14 field goal attempts, making all but two of eight triple tries, in leading the undermanned Magnolia crew.Calvin Abueva had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Alaska. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In search of a franchise player ever since taking over and overhauling the NLEX Road Warriors at the start of last season, coach Yeng Guiao has now found one in Kiefer Ravena.Coming up three rebounds short of a triple double, Ravena’s 18 points and 12 assists helped the Road Warriors pull out a 119-115 decision of KIA Picanto as NLEX—although in quite a rocky manner—got its Philippine Cup bid off on the right foot Wednesday night at San Juan Arena.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ NLEX 119—Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quinahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Taulava 0.KIA PICANTO 115—Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, Reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3, Caperal 0.Quarters: 36-40, 64-68, 90-92, 119-115MAGNOLIA 108 — ALASKA 95MAGNOLIA 108—Lee 30, Gamalinda 15, Sangalang 13, Dela Rosa 10, Simon 9, Herndon 9, K. Pascual 9, Barroca 6, Melton 3, Ramos 2, Brondial 2.ALASKA 95—Abueva 20, Manuel 20, Teng 16, Casio 10, R. Pascual 7, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Banchero 4, Thoss 3, J. Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, Racal 0.Quarters: 21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Guiao maximized his bench, getting eight players in twin digits, and the Road Warriors will use this contest to fine-tune their game as they prepare to slug it out with the powerhouses in the league.“It was exactly what we expected, a hard game for us,” Guiao told reporters. “We will take this win how hard it came,” he went on. “We’re trying to build chemistry and we need to improve on a lot of things.”The 6-foot Ravena, a former college star with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, played just under 30 minutes and hit all five of his two-point attempts and 7-for-10 overall. His pro debut completely overshadowed that of his dad’s, former San Miguel Beer swingman Bong, who had just two points against Pepsi.Bong eventually went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1992 over Vergel Meneses.SCORESNLEX 119 — KIA 115ADVERTISEMENT Eala yields Jr Orange Bowl crown to top-ranked Czech foelast_img read more

16 days agoBarcelona lose Dembele for Real Madrid clash

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona lose Dembele for Real Madrid clashby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance attacker Ousmane Dembele won’t be available for Barcelona’s Clasico with Real Madrid on October 26.Dembele saw red in victory over Sevilla.The competition committee have confirmed this Wednesday morning that the Frenchman’s suspension will be for two games, which means he will miss the matches against Eibar and Los Blancos.Dembele was sent off at the weekend for telling referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz that he is “very bad”. last_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Criticizes Coach K For Dillon Brooks Incident

first_imgColin Cowherd criticizes Coach K.colin cowherd criticizes coach kOregon knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night, and if you missed it, the end of the contest was a little dicey. Ducks star Dillon Brooks, on his team’s final possession, launched and hit a three-pointer that was inconsequential to the score – and then celebrated the shot. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly told Brooks in the handshake line that he is “too good” of a player to be showing off.As you’d imagine, the hot takes regarding the incident are coming from all angles. Friday morning, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd got involved, criticizing Coach K for the move. The gist? Cowherd doesn’t like how college basketball coaches try to control everything – including the players. He doesn’t think it was Krzyzewski’s place to talk to [email protected] on Coach K: You’re getting trounced. You don’t get an opinion on what another player is doing.— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 25, 2016What do you think? Was Coach K out of bounds or is this being blown out of proportion?last_img read more

Deadpool 2s Zazie Beetz Mourns Loss of Stunt Double Joi SJ Harris

first_img Twitter According to Entertainment Weekly, Harris is thought to be the stunt double for Beetz. A woman donning the costume for the mutant Domino was spotted on a black Ducati motorcycle in the area for a sequence days earlier.Harris, known as the first African-American female road racer, died Monday morning on the set of the superhero sequel. It was her first job as a stuntwoman.Witnesses told the Vancouver Sun that Harris lost control of her bike during a stunt, jumped a curb and crashed through a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower. Police said she died at the scene. Deadline reported that she was not wearing a helmet during the scene because her character does not wear a helmet in the film.On Wednesday, Ryan Reynolds led the Deadpool 2 crew in a moment of silence on set before they resumed filming. The actor, 40, stood at the center of the crew members, who huddled up around him and bowed their heads after he said a few words.“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” Reynolds tweeted after the accident. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”SPLASH NEWSHarris’s first passion was encouraging women to join the sport of road racing, and her manager and friend Porsche Taylor told PEOPLE, “She should be recognized and known as more than just the stunt driver who passed away.”She added, “SJ is a remarkable person, and I want her legacy of being an inspiration to women who ride to continue for many more years to come.”BY KAREN MIZOGUCHI Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz is remembering Joi “SJ” Harris, the stuntwoman who died while performing a motorcycle stunt for the sequel in Vancouver, Canada.“On Monday we tragically lost one of our own — Joi SJ Harris. My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do,” Beetz, who was cast as Domino, wrote in a statement shared on Instagram.“I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what her loved ones, friends + family, are feeling. My heart and my love goes out to her and them all. The cast and crew send peace, healing, and their deepest condolences,” she concluded her message. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Groups demand end to infosharing on asylumseeking children

first_imgA coalition of civil-liberties and immigrant-rights groups is demanding that the federal agency tasked with reuniting asylum-seeking children with relatives immediately stop sharing information with immigration authorities.The groups say the information the agency gets from the children is being used to deport relatives and other potential sponsors.The groups made a complaint in a letter Wednesday to the Health and Human Services and Homeland Security chiefs. The complaint is about the little-heralded role the refugee resettlement office assumed this year in an agreement between the departments.Under the info-sharing pact, fingerprints and biographical data from would-be sponsors are fed into a Homeland Security database revamped to aid immigration verification.Immigration officials say the pact is justified because it facilitated the arrest of 41 people for deportation over the summer.Frank Bajak, The Associated Presslast_img read more