first_imgPhoto caption: South Africa captain Eben Etzebeth. A hardened lock very much in the mold of the generations of players who have occupied the Springboks second row, Etzebeth sees Saturday’s Rugby Championship test at North Harbour Stadium as just 46 blokes going hammer and tongs on a patch of grass.”Once you jog onto the field, any records, they disappear out of your head,” the 25-year-old said on Friday about the fact South Africa had not won in New Zealand since 2009.”You don’t want to break records, you just want to win the test match. They want to win it, we want to win it. Records don’t count for very much.”Until the British and Irish Lions ended New Zealand’s 47-match unbeaten streak with a 24-21 victory in the second test in July, the last time the All Blacks had lost at home was when John Smit’s Springboks beat them 32-29 in 2009.That victory was something of a statistical anomaly for the Springboks, who are historically the All Blacks’ toughest opponents but have a woeful record in New Zealand.Of the 42 tests played in New Zealand between the two teams since 1921, South Africa have won just nine, and only three of those – two in 2009 – have come in the 25 games since sporting ties resumed after apartheid ended in 1992.The South Africans also had a woeful 2016, winning just four of their 12 tests and were hammered 41-13 and 57-15 by the All Blacks in their two Rugby Championship encounters last year.The Springboks have, however, enjoyed a resurgence this year under Allister Coetzee and are unbeaten in six games with five wins and last week’s 23-23 draw with the Wallabies.That resurgence has prompted some in New Zealand to question why the game was not played at Eden Park given the All Blacks are unbeaten there since 1994 and there is a large expatriate South African community in Albany.Coetzee, though, felt it would make no difference to his side where they played the All Blacks.”No influence, nothing at all,” Coetzee said.”Two sets of poles, chalk on the field, a referee, no difference … it just comes down to Saturday and the 80 minutes.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Demerara Lioness Club, the mostly female arm of the Lions Club International, has elected its first male president for the fiscal year 2016-2017. At a ceremony on Sunday, Mark Ross was chosen and he will now head the board of directors, effective July 1.Lioness Club elected their new President SundayAmong objectives for his tenure, the President-elect stated that he plans to establish a Lions and Leo’s Youth Symposium to observe International Youth Day. This year will also see the club collaborating with the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus Lions Club where a reading programme will be formed. Additionally, Ross also plans to head a recycling project utilising worn vehicle tyres, as well as have the Lioness Club assist in the rehabilitation of the New Amsterdam Library in honour of its 100th anniversary.Meanwhile, outgoing President Kayeann Moore noted that the club has provided assistance and implemented major projects in Regions Four, Five and Ten which she explained has benefitted “500 persons at total cost of $3.2 million.”The Lions Clubs International is said to be the world’s largest service club organisation and has some 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world.According to the organisation: “Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.”last_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has with immediate effect relieved of duty the Deputy Director for Operations of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Darlington George, and directed him to report to the Ministry of Justice for investigation in the case of assault on Ms. Varnester Maday Kiatamba. If found wanting, he shall be sent to court for prosecution. An Executive Mansion release issued late Monday, September 14, ordered that others involved in the fracas that are not EPS agents should also report to the Ministry of Justice.The Executive Mansion said it “will not condone such an act of sheer indiscipline and total lack of morals on the part of any member of State security institutions especially the EPS, which has been subject to thorough psychological reform in order to give a human face to the public service they are entrusted to perform.”Meanwhile in an interview on Farbric Radio, Ms. Kiatamba explained that she was trying to settle a dispute between her friends who were fussing when Darlington George came very close to them with his vehicle, nearly hitting them. When she went to confront him about his offensive behavior, she said George began to use profane expressions at her and her friends, calling them “prostitutes”, sources say. Eyewitnesses narrate that Kiatamba returned a similar expletive concerning his mother, which infuriated the EPS Deputy who started “punching and kicking her… and ordered his bodyguard to hit her with a bottle in his hand.”She explained that Darlington George boasted that he is Ellen’s son and “nothing can be done” to him for assaulting her. Just as he had ordered, the bodyguard immediately threw the bottle at her which wounded her face and she fell to the ground and fainted. (The story did not report how Ms. Kiatamba was rescued and who and where she received assistance afterward.) Meanwhile when an indentified journalist got in contact with Darlington George and raised the incident of the assault, George reportedly requested the journalist to meet him at his office on Tuesday to discuss it. Facebook has been flooded with calls for Mr. George’s immediate dismissal. Some, however, are calling for George’s side of the story, suggesting that Ms. Kiatamba may have instigated his actions. “Let him tell his side to the court,” was the landslide verdict in the online court of public opinion. It is not yet clear whether the Ms. Kiatamba has pressed charges against Darlington George but, as of yet, there has been no other legal or punitive action apart from the President’s order. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“I personally found that I could be more successful with difficult children by inspiring them,” Latshaw said. In one popular lesson, students determine how many scoops of salt are needed to make an egg float in a glass of water. Salt water is denser than fresh water, so an egg will bob to the surface once enough salt is stirred in. In another experiment, students create carbon dioxide by mixing vinegar and baking soda, then pour the CO2 gas onto a lighted candle. Without the oxygen the flame needs to burn, the candle is extinguished without anyone touching it. The lesson that caught Amgen’s eye has students building shoebox-sized robots from Legos, then using a computer to program the device travel two yards, turn around, and come back. Once they have mastered that task, Latshaw asks them program the robots to traverse a squares and recognize tape stuck to the floor. On a recent afternoon, 28 fifth-graders divided into teams to work on their yellow-and-gray robots. Some made a beeline for the computers while others cracked open boxes in search of replacement parts. Students dropped to the floor, chanting encouragement as the robots buzzed along yardsticks set out to measure progress. When the tiny machines performed, the students squealed and congratulated themselves loudly. But more often, the robots stopped short or veered off course, eliciting groans and a dash back to the computers. It is lessons like working with robots that makes Latshaw stand out in the minds of former students. “He was more hands on and had more experiments for us to do,” said Megan Little, 12, who was in Latshaw’s class last year. “My other teachers mostly just gave us papers that told us what to do.” Little’s mother, Anne, nominated Latshaw for the Amgen prize last year without luck. The year before that, Lauren Rush nominated him because of her son, Jake’s, enthusiasm for Latshaw’s class. “My son was thrilled to go to school because of Mr. Latshaw,” Rush said. Now Jake, who rarely talked about science before Latshaw’s class, wants to be an inventor. The nomination that clinched the prize came from Jon Sand, Latshaw’s principal at Westlake Hills Elementary, where Latshaw has taught for 23 years. Sand recognized Latshaw’s teaching always has purpose. “The students don’t say, `Why are we doing this?”‘ Sand said. Half of the $10,000 prize goes to the school, which earmarked the money for new computers, software, microscopes, and geology materials, Sand said. Latshaw plans to spend his share on a new laptop computer or Hawaiian vacation. (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WESTLAKE VILLAGE For 135 minutes each week, Steve Latshaw teaches his fifth-graders how to launch soda bottles into the sky and build computerized robots out of Legos – lessons so engaging, they captured the attention of biotech giant Amgen. The Thousand Oaks company recently recognized the Westlake Hills Elementary School teacher with its Science Teaching Excellence award, which he’ll receive Thursday, along with a $10,000 prize. “If we can encourage and reward the teachers who are inspiring the students then maybe we can keep that passion (for science) moving along,” said Amgen spokeswoman Sarah Rockwell. An emphasis on reading and math scores under the federal No Child Left Behind Act has resulted in significant cuts to science and other classes. But Latshaw incorporates all the subjects in his class, with math lessons inspired by data collected during a science experiment, and writing assignments rooted in scientific ideas. Latshaw began folding science into his lessons after he received a master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge. He originally sought the advanced degree because he thought he could help underperforming students by offering them more emotional support. But back in the classroom, he found he that students were motivated by experimenting with materials, building projects and solving problems through trial and error. last_img

first_imgA MAN who appeared in court today in relation to a slash attack in Letterkenny at the weekend was jailed for nine months on separate charges.Gerard Ward, 31, shouted when Judge Paul Kelly dealt with a number of driving charges including driving without insurance and giving false details to Gardai.Ward, 31, of 9 Fernhill, Letterkenny appeared alongside Thomas McDonagh, 37, of 42 Hazelbrook Crescent, Letterkenny at town’s District Court this morning amidst a very strong Garda presence. A number of Gardai stood at the front and rear of the courthouse while detectives led the two men into court. They are charged with assault.This afternoon the court dealt with outstanding charges against Ward.Judge Paul Kelly jailed Ward, pictured above, for a total of nine months for driving without insurance and other motoring offences. He was disqualified from driving for six years.Ward was led away from the court. On his return to the court ten minutes later he shouted ‘a load of sh**’.Bail on a number of conditions was granted, with bail to be given once Ward has completed his sentence for the motoring offences.In the case of McDonagh, bail was granted on a number of conditions including that he reside at his sister’s home outside Co Donegal, does not interfere with any potential witnesses, sign at a Garda station once per week and hand over his UK passport to Gardai. His sister put forward an independent surety of €2,000.Gardai asked that the address where McDonagh will stay should not be published. The case was adjourned for mention at until February 26th.Earlier Garda Detective Paul Harte told the court that he arrested both men under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act in relation to an incident in which a 31 year old man was attacked in the Glenard Park area of Letterkenny on Friday night last.The man, named locally as Dermot Kildea, was attacked by a number of men.In a follow-up operation three houses were raided by members of the Garda Armed Response Unit.An assortment of weapons including hockey sticks, batons, baseball bats and legs of chairs were seized.Garda Supt Vincent O’Brien told the court that the attack was very serious and that a man had his skull fractured and required 22 staples to his head.AT HEARING – STRICTY © 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Pictures Copyright ATTACK: MAN JAILED ON SEPARATE CHARGES, SECOND MAN BAILED was last modified: February 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMartin McDermott is congratulated by supporters in Buncrana: Pic North West News PixELECTED: MARTIN MCDERMOTT (FF) INISHOWENQuota 1,600Electorate 30653 Turnout 53%Valid Poll 15997McDermott, Martin (FF) 2002Murray, Jack (SF) 1476 Doherty, Albert (SF) 1399Canning, Paul (FF) 1318Crossan, Nicholas (Ind) 1252McGuinness, Bernard (FG) 1180Donaghey, Rena (FF) 1139 Farren, Martin (Lab) 1038Ryan, John (FG) 1013McLaughlin, Ciaran (SF) 980Doherty, Mickey (FG) 638 Murphy, Joe (PBPA) 601McCarroll, Patrick (Ind) 555McCauley, Mary (FF) 516McLaughlin, Peter (FG) 359Stewart, Ryan (Ind) 332Haden, Eilís (DDI) 106Ferguson, Paul (Ind) 93ELECTED (INISHOWEN): MARTIN MCDERMOTT (FF) was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:electedInishowenMartin McDermottlast_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Trivia time: Name the team Jimmy Garoppolo threw his first touchdown pass against in his 49ers debut?Hint: It was to Louis Murphy … a 10-yard strike on a 10-step rollout by No. 10 … as time expired in that Nov. 26, 2017 game … in late relief of an injured C.J. Beathard.The 49ers lost 24-13 that day to the Seattle Seahawks, who, nearly two years later, return to Levi’s Stadium on Monday night to face Garoppolo for the first time since then.San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo …last_img read more

first_imgA new website helps visualize evolution.  But does it confirm or obfuscate the real world?OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer is a new web tool that lets viewers play a kind of “Google Earth” with Darwin’s “tree of life.”  Produced by a computer programmer at Imperial College London, it’s being seen as a tool “to teach people about the evolution and diversity of life, and to help make attractive and engaging displays for venues such as zoos and museums.”  Science Daily says it went live Oct. 16.  The mammal tree is up now.  The front page explanation says,OneZoom is committed to heightening awareness about the diversity of life on earth, its evolutionary history and the threats of extinction. This website allows you to explore the tree of life in a completely new way: it’s like a map, everything is on one page, all you have to do is zoom in and out. OneZoom also provides free, open source, data visulation tools for science and education, currently focusing on the tree of life.Its fractal-like diagram allows viewers to use their mouse to zoom in and out of branches, twigs and leaves via computer or smartphone.  Each branching point is labeled with its evolutionary divergence time on the geologic timescale, and each species is linked to a Wikipedia page.  Students will be able to zoom in and see themselves as just one leaf on a branch of primates shared with the great apes, located between rabbits and hedgehogs.As our entry on Visualization in the Baloney Detector shows, visuals can be good or bad depending on how they are used.  A picture is worth a thousand words to the human mind.  Every good teacher relies on visuals.  However, visuals can be used as propaganda tools of indoctrination when they obscure relevant details, distract from solid arguments with eye-catching pictures, or otherwise distort the truth.  OneZoom is a perfect example.Understand that creationists and evolutionists recognize our morphological similarities with apes.  Both recognize the validity of classification schemes that put rodents in one group, elephants in another group, and generally separate living things into hierarchical categories (kingdom, phylum, order, class, family, genus, species).  In fact, the father of taxonomy, Carolus Linnaeus, was a creationist!  Of course everyone knows we bear similarities with apes more than with mice; we were all made by the same Creator.  The great divide that Darwin fomented is whether all life is related by common ancestry via a mindless, purposeless, aimless process of natural selection acting on random mutations.  OneZoom will present only the Darwinist world view.We have reported how the “tree” of common ancestry Darwin sketched in his notes was only a heuristic “notion” that has not borne the weight of observation.  The tree has been described more like a lawn or web.  By forcing every living thing into a single prefabricated tree diagram, OneZoom directs students’ eyes away from the real world and into a fantasy world from Darwin’s dreams.  The real world doesn’t act like that.  Students should get out into the fields and forests and oceans for their information. What OneZoom “leafs” in is less important than what it leaves out: (Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darwinism thrives on visualization.  Look how the Icons of Evolution survive, despite numerous debunkings by evolutionists as well as creationists.  The impossible becomes plausible in Darwinland’s storybook kingdom: life emerges magically from the sea in Disney’s Fantasia, animals magically morph into each other in Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, a theropod runs and takes off as a bird in a BBC documentary on TV.  Shameful examples are legion, shamelessly promoted by the Darwin Party in one-sided presentations that present evolution as undisputed fact.  Take away their pictures and force them to debate the evidence, and they wimp out.Parting thought:  notice how OneZoom will also be a tool of environmentalists.  Individual leaves are tailored to point out whether they are “endangered species,” a vexed concept with political overtones.  But zoom in on Homo sapiens, and what do you read?  “Population status: least concern.”  Lesson: the beings that are of most concern to the Creator, so much that He sent His Son to die for them, is of “least concern” to the evolutionists.  Think of the consequences of those opposite worldviews.Project: Describe how the information in OneZoom could be recast without the Darwinian “tree of life” motif, showing both the unity and diversity of life without ascribing it to common descent via natural selection.  Sketch a diagram and think about how an alternative educational website could display the same information in an attractive but non-evolutionary way.center_img Will students be taught about the controversies in almost every branch of this mythical tree?  No.Will the designers of the website update it every time a new paper shows a radical revision of thought, which is almost daily?  No.Will they be told about the huge unanswered questions, like the distribution of marsupials and the “convergent evolution” of marsupials and their placental look-alikes, that cannot possibly be closely related?  No.Will they be told how some of the apparently close twigs cannot possibly be related because they live on opposite sides of the world?  No.Will they be told about the major controversies and upheavals about human evolution? No.Will they be told that the origin of life, the base of the tree, is the most puzzling problem of all to evolutionists? No.Will they be told about abrupt appearance of most species?  No.Will they be told about living fossils, stasis, or the Cambrian explosion?  No!  And forget about creationist debaters with PhD’s getting any hearing to point out flaws in this colossal hoaxes-pokes-us scheme, cute as it looks.last_img read more

first_img20 March 2014 More work needs to be done to grow small businesses in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the second annual South African Premier Business Awards ceremony in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening. The awards, which acknowledge excellence across all sectors of South African business, are organised by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African. Zuma told delegates at the glittering ceremony that, in its next five-year term, the government would place greater focus on small businesses, “as these are the engines of job creation. Informal traders and entrepreneurs must be able to develop their small businesses into larger businesses through support mechanisms and an enabling environment.” He said that, through its discussions with business, the government had been sensitised to the need to improve the ease of doing business in the country, and the relevant departments had been instructed to work to create a more business-friendly environment. Zuma also emphasised the need for business and labour to promote workplace stability in the country. “We are pleased that labour relations appear to be conducted in a more stable manner compared to the turbulence of the year 2012, during which we experienced a tragic loss of life and violence in areas such as Marikana,” he said. The awards saw companies ranging from electricity parastatal Eskom to small businesses competing in 13 categories. Among the winners of the night were the Clover Mama Afrika Trust, which won the Rural Development Award, and SAAB Grintek Defence, which took home the Exporter Award. Sam Motsuenyane, former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) and founding chairman of the African Bank, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in the development of black business in the country. “I want to thank government for the positive economic black business policy that they brought into existence after taking over power,” the 87-year-old Motsuenyane said on receiving his award. “A lot of positive things have been done and achieved, but I must tell the President tonight that we still have a long way to go. We need to create as fast as we can a society of black entrepreneurs to participate in nation building.” The inaugural winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, business mogul Richard Maponya, Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng were among those who attended the awards ceremony. Source: read more

first_imgWhat Is “Green”? What Is “Design”?I’ll admit it, I have issues with the term “green.” While it encompasses the values I think are important in building, like any label, it can turn some people away. That’s unfortunate because the factors that go into green design should have universal appeal. So what is green design?In the building world, “green” means:Efficient use of space. Less space means less building materials used, less space to heat or cool, and less area to maintain. It can also mean “cramped,” which is where “efficient” differs from “small.”Reduced use of resources. Managing domestic and stormwater, smart approaches to energy use, careful siting and use of site, consideration of embodied energy of building components.Healthy spaces. Avoiding poisonous gases, controlling temperature and humidity levels, direct and indirect connections to fresh air and sunlight. Consider not just indoor air quality, but the effect that manufacturing and transportation have on global and regional environmental health.Longevity. Not only does a house need to be properly constructed to withstand the elements, it must have aesthetic appeal to be loved and respected if it is to last. The better the house performs, the happier it makes its owners; the more flexible the layout, the longer the house will survive.OK, so that’s the basis of green. What exactly is “design”?Planning. I started my career in construction while in high school, painting during school breaks. Later I tackled site work, then finish carpentry. After graduating from college, I moved into framing and demolition. By starting my education at the “back end,” the final stages of building, I could see where a lack of forethought could compromise the final product. Design is “front-end” work, and when done well, it allows the rest of the project to progress smoothly.Problem solving. The more problems that are solved on paper, the fewer that have to be solved on-site, and the fewer the clients have to live with. To solve problems you need to understand what the issues and their possible solutions. Experience will tell you what has worked in the past, and research will suggest ideas to try in the future.Presentation. Call it communication or information transfer — somehow, the planning and problem-solving have to get from your head to the client, the builder, and subcontractors. If you are doing it all yourself, presentation may not be as important — but you still have to get information to somebody, be it banker, excavator, or building official. This may be the most difficult part of design. Your ideas may be great, but if you can’t convince your client or you can’t convey the information to the builder, you are not an effective designer.A green designer needs to understand what goes into green building, to apply that information to the project at hand, and to get the information to the proper parties. A good green designer will draw from a more extensive knowledge base, solve problems quickly and effectively, and convince others that the design is the right one. A great designer will . . . I’ll let you know, I don’t think I’m there yet. I’m here to share not only what I know, but also what I learn.last_img read more