1 fined, 2 on bail for Alberttown brawl

first_imgThree persons were on Friday slapped with multiple assault charges and appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Odessa Ford, Aqueena Ford and Ron Clarke were all charged separately for assaulting each other on September 20, 2018.The allegation against Odessa Ford stated that on September 20, 2018, at Lot 55 Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, she assaulted Aqueena Ford. She admitted to the charge after it was read to her. The charges against Aqueena Ford stated that on September 20, also at Lot 55 Fifth Street, Alberttown, she assaulted Odessa Ford. Other charges read that on the same date, she also used indecent language towards the said Virtual Complainant (VC) and unleashed her ferocious dog with the intent to have the animal attack the VC. Aqueena Ford denied all the charges.Meanwhile, the allegation against Ron Clarke stated that on September 20, 2018, also at Lot 55 Fifth Street, Alberttown, he assaulted Odessa Ford. Clarke denied the allegation.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objection to bail and as a result, Magistrate Daly released Aqueena Ford on $70,000. Clarke was released on $10,000 bail and Odessa Ford was fined $10,000. The cases will continue on October 16.last_img read more

Humboldt State’s Ja’Quan Gardner, Alex Cappa named preseason All-Americans

first_imgARCATA >> Ask Ja’Quan Gardner about what allows him to do what he’s able to accomplish on the ground, and it won’t take too long before he’s talking up his offensive linemen.So, in that case, it’s fitting that both Gardner and the Jacks’ top offensive lineman have both been recognized before the 2016 season has even began.Gardner, the Jacks’ dynamic junior running back, and junior offensive lineman Alex Cappa have been named preseason All-Americans by D2football.com, it was announced late …last_img

Scientists Need Philosophers

first_imgWise journal editors realize that they can’t do science without philosophy.Science and philosophy are locked in a symbiotic relationship, but scientists often get the most press.  Indeed, some scientists disdain philosophy as a useless intrusion.  But science doesn’t work in a vacuum; it needs to be grounded in philosophy; and all three major divisions of philosophy—ontology (what exists), epistemology (how do we know), and ethics (how should we act)—must hold science accountable.  Here are a few recent articles dealing with this sometimes tense but unavoidable relationship.“In defense of philosophers as scientists” is the title of an essay by Brian Koberlein published on PhysOrg.  After reviewing the history of philosophy (Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Descartes, Popper etc.), he defends philosophy against the scientific naysayers who, like Vizzini in The Princess Bride, said with puffed-up arrogance that “compared to him, the great philosophers were morons.”  Not so—Our modern world is so deeply rooted in scientific thinking that it can be difficult to recognize the philosophical roots of our modern worldview. It’s easier to think of past generations as wrongheaded and ignorant rather than adherents to a different metaphysics. And this is one of the reasons science needs philosophers. It’s always good to have a bit of pushback against your assumptions.The edge of science:  Science Magazine published a book review by Michael A. Goldman of Dartmouth cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser’s book, The Island of Knowledge The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning.  This “demanding, though stimulating, read” is somewhat positivistic, but recognizes the limitations of science, particularly of physics and astronomy, Gleiser’s specialty.  At best, science can only offer tentative answers:Coming to grips with the ever-changing landscape of fact, and the possibility that some things cannot, by their very nature, be known, is fundamental to our understanding of science and the scientific method. But, as Gleiser argues, this needn’t be cause for despair. “To avoid the funk of a modern scientific nihilism, we must find joy in what we are able to learn of the world, even if knowing that we can only be certain of very little.”Gleiser might struggle somewhat with Ken Ham’s conundrum: “If you don’t know what you don’t know, you don’t know what you do know, which could be very little” (paraphrase).  This makes it audacious for Gleiser to claim any certainty at all.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing:  Nature published an editorial summarized by its subtitle, “The significance of expertise passed on by direct contact— tacit knowledge — is moot.”  The article deals with the problem of reproducibility, tackling the question of how much in a method such as measuring something is science, and how much is art.  Like Goldman and Gleiser, they struggle with our limited knowledge:There are known unknowns and unknown unknowns, as former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld clumsily explained. Some tacit knowledge is deliberately withheld, and some journal methods sections offer insufficient space for elaboration. Those are the known unknowns and are most easily addressed. The tacit knowledge that is harder to pass on is the nugget of information that neither the teacher nor the pupil realized was important: the varnish on the Stradivarius violin; the greasing of the thread behind the ear.The editorial leaves the problem unresolved.  Even though we have more data and faster communication, are all forms of knowledge dependent on the procedures used to discover them?  “One way or another, we could be poised to find out.”Buyer beware:  Consumers of scientific knowledge have their issues, too.  In “What kind of research can we trust?” on Medical Xpress, Adam Dunn And Florence Bourgeois worry about the reliability of health claims.  This gets into philosophy’s third division, ethics.  How much should we doubt the conclusions of a scientist with ties to a drug company?  How can we know the statistics were not fudged?  Is there conflict of interest?  “To be able to make informed decisions together, doctors and patients need research that’s trustworthy,” obviously. “If systematic reviews are to remain the pinnacle of evidence-based medicine, then the processes underpinning them need to be continually reassessed to ensure they meet the highest of standards.”  Ah, but who makes the standards?Bloviating without repentance:  It’s funny to read Sean Carroll’s bombastic claims in summer about the BICEP2 results (Caltech E&S, Spring/Summer 2014), then to follow that up with Nature’s hand-wringing editorial (Oct 14) about lessons learned from the “Dust to dust” fiasco (see 9/25/14).  The editors reveal some of the human element inserting itself into the knowledge-generation process:There is a deeper issue here: science not by press conference but presented as an event. What in reality is a long, messy and convoluted process of three steps forward and two steps back is too easily presented as giant leaps between states of confusion and blinding revelation. At the heart of this theatre is the artificial landmark of a peer-reviewed paper. Fixed print schedules and releases to journalists under embargo (with or without champagne videos) help to lend the impression that the publication of a paper is the final word on a question — the end-of-term report on a scientific project that details all that was achieved.Incidentally, Caltech’s article featured a photo of that now-embarrassing champagne party after BICEP’s media event.Earlier in the editorial, apparently penitent over the establishment media’s misdeeds, they had something good to say about science bloggers:The (welcome) rise of the science blogger has fuelled this navel-gazing. Some bloggers seem to spend most of their time criticizing other science writers, or at least debunking examples of what they regard as inferior science writing. But they do lots of good stuff too. Although traditionalists lament the decline of science coverage in the mainstream press, a terrific amount of analysis and comment, much of it very technical, is happening online under their noses.Maybe you’re reading some of that right now.As we have argued many times, you can’t get ontology, epistemology or ethics out of materialism by blind, unguided processes of evolution.  Only the Christian worldview provides the necessary and sufficient presuppositions for doing science with any degree of reliability.  It provides an ontology that’s reliable (because our Creator made us to perceive it), an epistemology based on an omniscient Communicator, and an ethic based on the Creator’s holy character that loves truth and hates lies.If you disagree, we’ll just argue that your selfish genes are using you in their strategy to propagate themselves.  Philosophize your way out of that. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa leads the pack on the African continent ahead of WEF 4IR Affiliate Centre launch

first_imgThe South African government is delighted to spearhead an affiliate centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), under the World Economic Forum (WEF) banner. Members of the media and CSIR partners gathered in Pretoria on Tuesday for the C4IR Business Breakfast Consultation ahead of the centre launch, set to take place on the sidelines of WEF Africa, 4 – 6 September 2019.The event created an opportunity for all stakeholders to probe conversation on SA’s state of readiness for the 4IR and also take stock of implementations that need to be put in place. Affiliate centres have already been established in China, Japan and India, with South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Israel next in line.In her address, Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane elaborated on how widespread the impact of the 4IR will be: “The technologies associated with the phenomenon of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have already begun reshaping the way we produce goods and services; how we communicate and interact; how we administer health; how we educate the young; and how we do many other things that determine how we live. It is no longer possible to discuss economic development without factoring in the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the economy as whole. Any effort we make as a country to grow our economy will now largely be shaped by how quickly we are able to embrace and master the technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”Minister Kubayi-Ngubane further said that as a country, we were spectators of the second and third Industrial Revolutions, but this time around government would like to position South Africa as a forerunner.Head of the WEF 4th Industrial Revolution Network, Dr Murat Sönmez presented a talk on WEF C4IR, highlighting aspects of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the internet of things, robotics, digital trading, data policies and smart cities. “Who gets to benefit from the #4IR? Through affiliate centres like these, we need to come up with policies and protocols that will ensure that the 4IR doesn’t only benefit a select few”, he said.Dr Sönmez also announced that South Africa will have a seat on the WEF C4IR global advisory board.The realisation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is highly dependent on a reinforced collaboration as the world gears up for global transformation.last_img read more

Urbana FFA members attend Washington Leadership Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Urbana FFA sent four members to the Washington Leadership Conference on July 14 through July 19. Kaylan Turnmire, Shane Souders, Swayde Finch and Jared Weller were sent to Washington to learn the importance of personal growth, leadership development and community service. During Washington Leadership Conference students were able to learn the four themes “Citizenship, Me, We, Do, Serve.” During the first night of WLC students were asked to define and discuss citizenship. During this students would be in groups and discuss the main idea of citizenship while later students would be split into community groups and students would go in depth on what an engaged citizen looks like. The first full day of the conference, titled “Me”, the objectives include identifying personal passions and strengths. After being in the big group discussion students would then spit into community groups and create personal purpose statements. During the night of the first day Students took a night tour in Washington. Students got the chance to see the Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial, WWI Memorial, Abraham Lincoln Memorial, MLK Memorial, FDR Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial. During the Iwo Jima Memorial students were told of the in depth lives of each soldier who pulled the flag up. The second day called “Me Day” students traveled to Arlington and saw JFK’s grave and saw the Changing of the Guard. After going to Arlington, students came into groups and defined diversity, race, and identified aspects that make us diverse. During community groups students created and shared their personal philosophies about diversity. Then during the third day “We Day” Students went to the Capital and took a group photo. Then the students came back to the hotel and students analyzed needs of their communities back home and developed a wide ranging and high impact community service initiative and how to implement their plan with the help of their FFA chapter upon return home. During the fourth day,”Do Day” students went to see the Newseum. After this, students learned that the world needs them more than they think. Students learned that poverty and malnutrition is bad in the world and learned the percentages of people who don’t have enough to eat. Then during dinner students were put into four different sections of the dinner room. Two sections had tables with table clothes represented people who could afford food and other accessories. The other two sections represented people who are homeless or too poor to buy food. For the last day of the conference students boxed up 59,700 bags of fortified macaroni, with each bag capable of feeding two people as an initiative with Meals of Hope. After that students traveled to the Ronald Reagan Center and were given free time to explore Washington D.C.. During this time students had the chance to see the Holocaust Museum, Tower, and the White House. After this students returned to the hotel to talk and make commitments to helping their community and the world. Then to end WLC students celebrated with dancing. “Students who attend the Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how to take action and the importance of serving others,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities and their country.” Agricultural Education teachers attend the Washington Leadership Conference as well, learning how to motivate and help develop their students’ personal growth and leadership potential and how they can help maximize their local FFA chapters’ communityservice initiatives throughout the year. The conclusion of each weekly session of the Washington Leadership Conference is a civic engagement activity where participants apply what they have learned at the conference to a real, hands on service activity.last_img read more

I’m Worried About You

first_imgI am worried . . .. . . that you are waiting for your company’s marketing department to provide you with the insights and ideas you need to go and make a difference for your clients.. . . that you don’t know that salespeople need to also be first rate marketers with the business acumen of a good general manager. I’m worried that you aren’t spending enough time working on the only real asset you have for producing all of the results you will ever produce.. . . that you believe opportunities are going to come to you without the extraordinary effort it takes to open relationships now. I am worried that you believe that there is single method of prospecting that eliminates the need for all others, as well as the hard work.. . . . that your sales manager doesn’t understand that his role is more leadership than management. I’m more worried that your company burdens their sales managers with managerial tasks that prevent them from being great leaders. I’m worried that you’ve been set adrift alone.. . . that you belong to a generation of business people that have been taught to believe that the only value worth creating is a lower price. I’m more worried that you believe that more value can be created at lower and lower prices, forever and ever, without ever reaching the bottom. I’m worried that you don’t know we reached the bottom a long time ago.. . . that you are going to allow your client to underinvest in the results they need and, by doing so, allow them to fail their clients. I am worried about your client’s clients who also bought on price alone and, as a result of that decision, also failed their clients.. . . that you don’t know what you are capable of, that you haven’t given yourself permission, and that you are wasting time waiting for someone to come along and tap you on the shoulder. I am worried that you aren’t going to make the difference that you know you are capable of making–and the difference the world is waiting for you to make. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

9 months agoDONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Rochdale sign Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale have signed Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell on loan until the end of the season.Ebanks-Landell, 26, has played 50 times for Wolves since his debut in their League One-winning 2013-14 season.He has also had loan spells with Bury, Sheffield United as well as MK Dons.Rochdale boss Keith Hill said, “He’s of a young age but he has already experienced League One football,” said Hill.“He’s had promotion with Sheffield United and was involved in a relegation battle with MK Dons last season.“We see in Ethan the attributes that we need as a football team and a football club. He fits my DNA – it’s a good acquisition.” last_img read more

Senate Approves Bill to Retake Ownership of Petrojam Shares

first_img The Senate on Friday (February 22) approved legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe.The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act, 2019 was piloted by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.In her address, Senator Johnson Smith said the decision to move in the current direction was in a bid to safeguard the country’s energy security, noting that Petrojam and Jamaica have been left at risk due to years of inaction.She said the Government has explored several channels, which have proved unsuccessful to repurchase the shares.“[We have] pursued several diplomatic initiatives at the highest level which have been unsuccessful and those include no less than four heads of government; [we have] written letters at the technical and ministerial levels across the years; [and] waited more than 12 years without no indication that the upgrade would be conducted or pursued under the agreement which exists,” she said.The Leader of Government Business noted that without an upgrade, Petrojam would be unable to further process heavy fuel oil (HFO) into high-value products, and having lost a major customer in JPS, Petrojam would become unprofitable.In addition, technical assessments have found that refining operations will be negatively impacted by 2020 if Petrojam is not in a position to execute Phase 1 of the refinery upgrade.This is primarily due to the imminent international obligations as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization regulations regarding sulphur, which will become effective on January 1, 2020.Senator Johnson Smith also cited the United States Executive Order 13808 dated August 24, 2017, which essentially prohibits United States persons from entering into specified transactions with the Government of Venezuela and any political division, agency or instrumentality thereof, including PDVSA.“Having been advised that in no uncertain terms of the potential termination of services by suppliers and banks which would cripple the refinery and severely impact the Jamaican economy, the Government of Jamaica has reassessed it legal options.  This is not a political issue for us, the Government is focused on Jamaica’s economic stability and our energy security which are necessary for the wellbeing of Jamaicans,” she stated.The Leader of Government Business noted that the action to reacquire the shares does not reflect any change in Jamaica’s free market policies or belief and support in property rights.“It is in no way intended to set a particular precedence for similar actions, it is drafted specifically. We are not acting prematurely or hastily, there has been too much time wasted already by previous administrations, so we are taking action now to make sure we have petroleum products to power our homes, schools, businesses, places of work and make sure we can get there to and from,” Mrs. Johnson Smith added.She said while it is the first time a matter has arisen before the Parliament to acquire property in the nation’s interest in this way, it “does not mean that it is not the right action”.“The Constitution of Jamaica clearly allows for it …the framers of the constitution considered the protection to be offered to a person’s property rights and decided that those rights should be protected in the Constitution through the payment of compensation which is provided for in the Bill before us,” she said.The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives on February 19. The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives on February 19. The Senate on Friday (February 22) approved legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe. This is primarily due to the imminent international obligations as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization regulations regarding sulphur, which will become effective on January 1, 2020. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Inconsistent Buckeyes go 11 in weekend play

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team jumped out to a one-set lead (26-24) against No. 19 Michigan, but dropped the next three sets (17-25, 16-25, 19-25) en route to a 3-1 loss Friday night. The Buckeyes seemed energized during the highly contested first set, which saw 16 ties and eight lead changes, winning on a game-point kill by outside hitter Anna Szerszen. The momentum did not hold for the Buckeyes, however, as Michigan jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start the second set. OSU never recovered from the early deficit and headed into the break with the match tied at one set a piece. After the break, Michigan picked up right where it left off, jumping out to a 9-2 lead to start the third set. OSU cut the lead to 9-6 but could never climb back in the set. The last set was close through the first-half, featuring three ties, but Michigan began to pull away after gaining an 11-10 advantage. With Michigan’s lead 23-15, OSU began to fight back, riding outside hitter Katie Dull’s three consecutive kills, but fell short in the end. For the Buckeyes, Dull had a team-high 18 points with 15 kills, two aces and a solo block. Betsy Hone led the Buckeyes with 30 assists and Sarah Mignin was the team-leader in digs with nine. The Buckeyes had trouble getting into a rhythm the entire night. Following the game, the team spent some extended time in the locker room to work things out. “We had a really good conversation that was much needed,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “I think we are going to be better tomorrow. “We were just disconnected and it’s my job as a coach to get everyone connected again. The dynamic needed to be tweaked and it just didn’t feel like our team today, but we’ll move forward.” The Buckeyes recovered quickly, turning around Saturday night to sweep Michigan State at St. John Arena, three sets to none (25-20, 25-22, 25-18). Michigan State found itself leading the first set 14-8 before the Buckeyes made five consecutive points to get them back in the game. A kill by middle blocker Mariah Booth brought up game point, and a kill from Dull sealed the first set for the Buckeyes. Set two was close throughout, seeing seven ties and three lead changes. Michigan State led 10-8 before the Buckeyes scored nine unanswered points, making the score 17-10. OSU increased its lead to 21-13, but the Spartans fought back with six unanswered points of their own, making the score 21-19. A 4-3 run to close the set gave OSU the 2-0 set lead. OSU jumped out early in the third set and never looked back. At 23-17, a kill by middle blocker Kelli Barhorst gave OSU match point. A 24-18 Spartan error gave OSU the match. Dull posted a match-high 18.5 points with 14 kills, two aces and a solo block. Amanda Peterson led the Buckeyes with 31 assists while Mignin was the team-leader in digs with 8. With the win, Ohio State improves to 14-3 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. read more

Ohio State mens tennis wins 7th straight against a ranked opponent beats

Senior Peter Kobelt returns the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / News director at BuckeyeTVAfter a whirlwind week that saw it defeat four top 15-ranked opponents in four days and rise to No. 1 in the ITA team rankings, the Ohio State men’s tennis team returned to action this weekend in another highly anticipated match at No. 10 Notre Dame.Playing in their first match after winning the ITA Indoor National Championship Feb. 17, the top ranked Buckeyes (14-0, 0-0) traveled to South Bend, Ind., Saturday to take on the Fighting Irish (10-3, 0-1).There might have been a bit of a hangover from the previous week’s success as the Buckeyes started out flat in doubles play.Redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach were off first, losing to the Irish duo of senior Ryan Bandy and sophomore Eric Schnurrenberger 7-5.The Buckeyes’ No. 2-ranked duo of senior Peter Kobelt and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka evened things up with a 9-7 win over the No. 17 ranked team of senior Greg Andrews and sophomore Alex Lawson. The Irish captured the point shortly after though, as senior Billy Pecor and freshman Josh Hagar beat OSU’s redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen, 8-6.After riding the doubles teams hard last weekend, and only having lost the doubles point twice in their previous 13 matches, the Buckeyes knew they had to shore up a few things up in singles play.OSU got the message, winning the first set in four of their matches. Steinbach fell quickly to Bandy, 6-3, 6-3, to give the Irish a 2-0 lead, but it was all Buckeyes from that point on.Callahan earned the Buckeyes’ first point, winning in straight sets against Schnurrenberger, 6-4, 6-4. It was his 12th consecutive win.Diaz fought back from being down 5-2 in his first set to force a tiebreaker with sophomore Quentin Monaghan. Momentum was all his at that point as he won the break and went on to win 7-6, 6-4.Metka went back in forth with freshman Eddy Covalschi before winning in a third set tiebreak, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, and leaving the Buckeyes one win away from clinching the match.No. 23 Kobelt was the one who provided that point. In his match against No. 37 ranked Andrews, both players held serve every single time with each set heading to a tiebreak. After losing the first break, Kobelt took the next two, clinching the match with a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 victory.“It’s always exciting to clinch match point for your team, especially against a very good Notre Dame team,” Kobelt said after the match.It was Notre Dame’s first home loss of the season and also the Buckeyes’ seventh straight win this season against a top 25 team.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to head to Indiana Monday to open Big Ten play with a match against the Hoosiers. The match is set to start at 2 p.m. read more