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#JaVotes2016: Slow Start at polling stations in East Portland

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first_imgElection day 2016 was off to a slow start at some polling stations visited by The Gleaner in East Portland. At Ken Wright Primary, voting was delayed despite the polling station opening on time. Election day workers along with the police were on location; however, the presiding officer was absent and ballot papers along with other documents had not yet arrived. Among those arriving early to vote was Lurline Dowie, who complained that she was unable to cast her ballot, as they were unable to accommodate her due to the absence of ballot papers, ink and other material. A similar situation also existed at a centre at Breast Works, where the voting process was delayed for more than 30 minutes. It was somewhat different at Boundbrook Primary, Port Antonio High, Hill Preparatory, Port Antonio Primary and Norwich Primary, where polling stations were opened on time and voting was progressing smoothly. Both candidates for the area, Linvale Bloomfield of the Peoples National Party (PNP) and Derron Wood of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) coasted their votes at Drapers All Age. Bloomfield is confident of victory and predicted that his margin of victory will be larger than in 2011 when he defeated Patrick Lee by 1246 votes. Wood on the other hand has indicated that he will create a major upset. EAST PORTLAND CONDADATES JLP: Derron Wood PNP: Linvale Bloomfieldlast_img read more

Hoddle wants Chelsea job

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first_imgGlenn Hoddle has told the Press Association he would like to return to Chelsea but accepts they will probably appoint another foreign manager.Hoddle had a three-year spell as Blues boss during the mid-1990s before leaving to manage England.The 54-year-old said: “I did a good job when I was there and a lot of Chelsea fans actually say when I meet them ‘thanks for what you did because we started something there’.“Chelsea hadn’t done much for 27 years and they could start to see the progression that was coming very quickly. It has obviously been taken on since Ken Bates was chairman and [former vice-chairman] Matthew Harding died.“It has been taken on with new owners and the rest is history, but I think they will go foreign.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders vs. Browns: 5 things to watch on Sunday

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first_imgThere’s a strong argument to be made that Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns could bury the Raiders four games into the 2018 season.Only one team since 1970 has made the playoffs after starting 0-4; the 1992 San Diego Chargers won 11 of their last 12. Heck, for that matter, no team has made the playoffs after starting 0-3 since 2002, so the odds already are stacked against the Silver & Black.Still, beating the Browns (1-1-1) — not the cinch it looked to be a few weeks ago — could give …last_img read more

Giants sign ex-Rockies starter who they claimed, then cut

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first_imgThe Giants added yet another inexperienced option for their 2020 rotation Tuesday, signing former Rockies first-round pick Tyler Anderson.San Francisco initially claimed Anderson Oct. 30 after Colorado placed him on waivers, but the team did not tender him an option by Monday’s deadline, making him a free agent.Tuesday’s deal is a one-year contract, the Giants announced on Twitter.The left-handed Anderson was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2011 out of Oregon. He appeared in parts of four …last_img read more

“Creator” Becomes Cussword

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first_imgThe reaction to a poorly-translated Chinese word sets off a firestorm of anti-creation protest among scientists.Early Victorian scientists (and their predecessors) would have had no qualms about references to a Creator in scientific writings. That was then. Now, “Creator” is fightin’ words. Pro-evolution bigots react to it like Code Pink at a traditional-marriage rally, screaming, disrupting, and threatening anyone who mentions the C-word in a scientific context, even inadvertently. Evolution skeptics, consigned to their own tents outside the walls of the Science Castle where Darwin is enshrined like a god (2/01/07 commentary), may only utter the C-word in their own dwellings. There is no malfeasance more likely to get one Expelled out of secular science than to appear to give aid and comfort to the enemies of naturalism, the consensus worldview inside the castle where no divine foot can get in the door.The open access journal PLoS One learned this all to well when Chinese researchers wrote the deplorable word in a paper, even though they are evolutionists. In a paper exploring the capabilities of the human hand, they wrote:The explicit functional link indicates that the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture between muscles and articulations is the proper design by the Creator to perform a multitude of daily tasks in a comfortable way.Hand coordination should indicate the mystery of the Creator’s invention.In conclusion, our study can improve the understanding of the human hand and confirm that the mechanical architecture is the proper design by the Creator for dexterous performance of numerous functions following the evolutionary remodeling of the ancestral hand for millions of years.Yikes! Three times they wrote the C-word. Their references to “design” were bad enough, but “Creator”? That was beyond the red line. Evolutionists went nuts, flooding the comments with calls for retraction, calling the references “shameful” and “nonscientific” and “extremely distressing” and “an embarrasment.” One said that “retraction should be just the first step” in the journal’s punishment; others said “PLoS One is now a joke… an absolute joke of a journal.”  At Evolution News & Views, David Klinghoffer likened the protestors to a mob with pitchforks. Nature got out in front to join the condemnation while trying to bring some order to the situation. Retraction Watch put the paper up on their watch list and was soon flooded with dozens of comments. Readers can only imagine what PZ Myers said about it without our having to quote him; this is a family-friendly website, after all.One of the authors, pledging allegiance to Darwin, attributed the mistake to a translation error, saying that the word translated from Chinese into “Creator” actually meant something like “nature.” After all, didn’t they acknowledge “evolutionary remodeling of the ancestral hand for millions of years”? It was too little too late. The holy war was on again (2/19/09).The editors at PLoS One, seeing the firestorm, said they would look into the situation. Soon after, they caved. They issued the following retraction for having sinned by uttering “inappropriate language”—Following publication, readers raised concerns about language in the article that makes references to a ‘Creator’, and about the overall rationale and findings of the study.Upon receiving these concerns, the PLOS ONE editors have carried out an evaluation of the manuscript and the pre-publication process, and they sought further advice on the work from experts in the editorial board. This evaluation confirmed concerns with the scientific rationale, presentation and language, which were not adequately addressed during peer review.Consequently, the PLOS ONE editors consider that the work cannot be relied upon and retract this publication.The editors apologize to readers for the inappropriate language in the article and the errors during the evaluation process.(See Evolution News & Views response.)Not all of the critics were beside themselves over the “Creatorgate” scandal. One “committed atheist” made the following comment to the Nature report:…I find such comments as “Hand coordination should indicate the mystery of the Creator’s invention.” to be naive rather than horrifying, or a reason to withdraw the paper. Seriously: was the data OK? If it was – no problem; ask them to consider removing mention of a “Creator”. Were the conclusions warped to include influence of a deity? If so – ask them to reword / rethink. But to pull the paper?? That smacks of post hoc closing of stable doors…. A little more tolerance, people: I have seen Indian scientists in the ICGEB in Delhi make offerings to the highly impressive statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, in the Institute courtyard – and no-one thinks their science is shoddy.Another wrote to Retraction Watch, “Where has tolerance and respect for the beliefs and opinions of others gone? One doesn’t need to agree, but bringing in a different idea in a civil manner seems more appropriate for an academic discussion.” Doug Bolton at the UK Independent found a little hypocrisy in the intolerance by academics. Such calls for tolerance, however, were drowned out by the vociferous calls to punish the journal for their indiscretion in letting the C-word slip through.Theistic evolutionists shouldn’t kid themselves into thinking they’re safe by putting the Creator into a front-loading position, letting Darwinian evolution do the rest of the creating. At best, they will be given one less lashing.So, all you leftist liberal Darwinian materialists, are you proud of yourselves? Remember in 1874 when your Darwin disciple John Tyndall pled with the British Association to be tolerant of materialist explanations? Now you are the bigots.  You cannot have a rational discussion about evidence, even when the science is good. And the hand is a great example of intelligent design inexplicable by blind, unguided processes (see medical doctor Randy Guliuzza’s article on ICR). No matter. Darwin Sharia demands lex talionis: a hand for a hand.So think about this: according to your own evolutionary theory, this is not about facts, evidence or logic at all. It’s an evolutionary game. Your own materialist brethren view the evolution of altruism as an emergent phenomenon involving cooperators and cheaters (see recent example in Science Advances). You were once the cheaters; now you are the cooperators punishing the cheaters. Accordingly, your position is about power, not truth, and it can oscillate back and forth. If you want your position to be true, you have to find a source for Truth that doesn’t evolve. In other words, you have to believe in a truthful, reliable Creator. With your materialism thus self-refuted, your best option is to abandon materialism and become a creationist—if you can avoid hating yourself. Q.E.D.Exercise: Download the paper while you can (it may be come a collector’s item). Read it with a focus on the data. Does the evidence support design? Do the authors provide any plausible evidence for emergence of the hand by unguided processes of mutation and selection? If not, what’s the problem?(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Australian Youth and Masters Head Coach Expressions of Interest

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first_imgOver the next four years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019 Australia will compete on the international stage annually. The full list of international events appears below: 2016 Auckland, NZ Open Trans Tasman2017 Australia Open, Youth & Masters Trans Tasman2018 New Zealand Open Trans Tasman2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia FIT Touch World Cup & Youth Trans Tasman Expression of Interest To support the High Performance Program TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following Youth & Masters coaching positions. Youth ProgramBoys 17’s Head CoachGirls 17’s Head CoachBoys 19’s Head CoachGirls 19’s Head CoachMixed 17’s Head CoachMixed 19’s Head Coach Masters ProgramMen’s 30’s Head CoachMen’s 35’s Head CoachMen’s 40’s Head CoachMen’s 50’s Head CoachWomen’s 30’s Head CoachSenior Mixed Head Coach For more information on the application process, please click on the attached memo below. Related Filestfa_youth___masters_coach_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksHead Coach EOIlast_img read more

9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola says Danilo deserves his placeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Danilo deserves his place at right-back.The manager has started Kyle Walker on the bench for City’s last two league games as he went with Danilo.“I think they know that already, but maybe you realise more on the bench,” said the Catalan. “They know it.“From the beginning of the season, we spoke about that. We can imagine a different starting XI and not everyone can play.“When we don’t win, it’s always ‘Why didn’t we play this guy?’ When we win, people don’t think about the players who don’t play. But the players who don’t play know they have to be at a high level, because the other ones, if they’re injured, they can play.”Guardiola claimed Brazilian Danilo earned his chance.“There’s no doubt about how important Kyle is for us, so we need him,” he said. “We need the best Kyle.“But one day I decided to put Danilo in and he played top, so I gave him more minutes because he also said he’d arrived here from Real Madrid and I’d never given him four or five games in a row.“You can’t judge a player when he plays once and then has three or four games beside me [on the bench]. The players need time.“The winter time was so demanding, I decided to put Danilo in for a game and he played well. So I said I wanted him for one or two more games.” last_img read more

Industry Minister Welcomes Lumber Treatment Plant

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first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, says the newly opened ARC Lumber Treatment Plant, is a welcome investment that will help to further grow the country’s economy. “The launch of this facility is a clear indication of the owner’s confidence in the country and its evolving business environment. The launch of the lumber treatment plant certainly represents the kind of innovative response from businesses needed to drive our economy and country to the next stage of its development,” he said. Mr. Hylton was speaking at the official opening of the state-of-the-art facility at its Bell Road location in Kingston, on Wednesday, March 13. The Minister further noted that innovations of this type contribute to strengthening the country’s export capacity and is consistent with advancing the national export strategy, which seeks to improve the country’s export performance by advancing the competitiveness of firms and sectors, while enhancing the business and trade environment. “ARC Manufacturing, with its innovative plant, represents the next wave of value-added manufacturing that we expect will benefit directly from the implementation of the Global Logistics Hub, which will serve as a global supply chain platform to support the country’s export sector,” he said. Mr. Hylton further noted that the launch also signifies the company’s efforts to improve the competitiveness of the lumber supply sector in Jamaica. “Management’s efforts to push the company further up the value chain will inevitably position it to take advantage of export opportunities and to generate export earnings, while creating employment and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country,” he said. The Minister praised Osmose Inc., a wood preserving company which collaborated with ARC to establish the facility, for the “strategic partnership in allowing the technology to come not simply to ARC but to Jamaica.” General Manager for Osmose Inc. in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Javier Romero, said the facility, which is the first of its kind in Jamaica, “is the most modern and advanced plant I know in the Caribbean and the Latin-American region.”While the plant, which is fully automated, has the capacity to treat approximately 500,000 board feet (BF) of lumber per 40-hour week, Dr. Romero noted that it has the potential to treat 50 million BF per year, “allowing ARC to cover the domestic demand and also export markets.”He further noted that he is pleased that the company will be using the most environmentally friendly preservative in its treatment operations. The plant, which occupies approximately 11,000 square feet of space, is equipped with a pressure tank; four holding tanks; and a control room. It utilises a process called Pressure Treatment for its lumber and wood products. The type of treatment used is a form of micronized copper preservative, which is widely used in the construction industry in the United States.ARC is one of Jamaica’s leading manufacturers and distributors of building materials. The company locally manufactures construction wires and mesh, nails, fencing and roofing products. It also distributes lumber, cement, steel and steel products.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Cultures clashing the Brazilian Film TV Festival Of Toronto and CineIran Festival

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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tonight (Friday October 14) at 7 pm, Marlom Meirelles’s short Button Eyes and Claudio Assis’s feature Big Jet are paired in a program devoted to the northeast region of Pernambuco, a part of the country that’s rarely captured on-screen but pretty spectacular to look at. And on Sunday (October 16) at 5 pm, a selection of six shorts offers a sense of emerging Brazilian cinema – including Gui Campos’s tender Rosinha and Diego Freitas’s clever Salt. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The fall micro-fest season can get a little crowded, but this is ridiculous: there are no fewer than four film festivals happening this very weekend.Competing with the expansive Reelworld and Toronto After Dark for your attention are two smaller fests, each with a much more specific cultural focus. But if you share that focus, they’re the only game in town.First, there’s the Brazilian Film & TV Festival Of Toronto, or BRAFFTV. Marking its 10th edition at the Carlton Cinemas, the festival – which opened last night – delivers exactly what it promises on the tin, importing recent Brazilian cinema and television for a Canadian audience. And all screenings are free. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State mens tennis win 2 weekend matches beats Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe Ohio State men’s tennis team has come out of the month of March looking like a lion. After identifying themselves as kings of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are now ranked number one in the nation for the second time this season.Playing on the road Friday and Sunday against Minnesota and Wisconsin, respectively, the Buckeyes (23-2, 8-0) solidified their spot atop the ITA rankings.Against the Badgers (9-11, 1-6) Sunday, the second and third doubles teams got off to fast starts to earn the point for the Buckeyes.Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and freshman Herkko Pollanen defeated junior Michael Sinha and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov, 8-4, while redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz crushed sophomore Frederik Strabo and freshman Elliott Sprecher, 8-2.Moving to singles play, Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach were off first after dominating the back end of the Badgers’ lineup.Callahan defeated Strabo 6-1, 6-0 and Steinbach beat Sinha 6-3, 6-3.Senior Peter Kobelt clinched the match for the Buckeyes off with a 7-5, 6-1 win over sophomore Alexander Kokorev. Kobelt, ranked No. 8 in the country for singles, had lost his previous two matches, but came out strong on Sunday.“A whole lot of tennis is just forgetting about the past and that was my goal (Sunday),” Kobelt said Sunday. “Just try to play good tennis and I was able to do that (Sunday). The results come after that. I was able to get a win … hopefully the wins keep coming. You can only prepare to play good tennis, not win or lose.”Metka, Pollanen and Diaz all won in straight sets as well to sweep all matches and give the Buckeyes the 7-0 win.Friday against the Gophers (9-9, 3-3) the number one doubles team of Kobelt and Steinbach got in on the action along with Callahan and Diaz to give the Buckeyes the doubles point.Kobelt and Steinbach defeated juniors Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh 8-7 (7-2) while Callahan and Diaz beat junior Mathieu Froment and sophomore Ruben Weber 8-5.In singles, Steinbach and Callahan were off first this time after winning their respective matches.Steinbach took down freshman Jeremy Lynn 6-1, 6-1 and Callahan beat senior Juan Pablo Ramirez 6-3, 6-1.Kobelt was upset by Toledo 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), but shortly after, Metka defeated Frueh 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to give the Buckeyes the match.A win by Pollanen and loss by Diaz made the final score 5-2.Next the Buckeyes are scheduled for a big non-conference road test at No. 14 Kentucky Wednesday. The two teams played each other Feb. 7, with the Buckeyes winning 4-0.The match against the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., is set to begin at 2 p.m. read more