Nelson cleared by JRC

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson was on Tuesday cleared by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for his riding of highly-fancied COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park on Saturday, March 19. Nelson rode the veteran campaigner to finish fifth to HOVER CRAFT over 1500 metres, but the stewards were not satisfied with his riding and summoned him to an inquiry. After hearing submissions from Nelson as well as his representative Ed Barnes, the stewards accepted the jockey’s submission that he had suffered an injury on the track on Friday, March 18 and had received medication from the doctor. They also accepted the argument that COMMANDING CHIEF displayed symptoms of breathing problems during the race, which affected his performance. Additionally, Nelson apologised to the stewards for his disrespectful behaviour in the scales area and in the vicinity of the Stewards’ Room. He was also cautioned regarding his conduct and what is expected of him as a professional jockey. Nelson, the leading rider with 22 wins so far this season, was second time lucky yesterday, when he successfully appealed the decision by the stewards to disqualify his mount, PAPER N LACE after winning division one of the McKay Security Trophy over 1820m on New Year’s Day. The horse was disqualified for causing interference to OH MY GRANDPA in the early stages of the event and the race was awarded  to GRAN CORAZON. PAPER N LACE was reinstated to first by the full Commission.last_img read more

Ball is in Government’s court

first_imgDear Editor,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has suggested that better parenting, schooling, and religious and community involvement are important to tackle domestic violence. The Hon. Minister must know that political will, more than anything else, can ensure the needed mechanisms:1) Parent/Teachers Associations hold monthly parenting training for members.2) Government supports umbrella religious bodies to organize regular parenting sessions at mandirs, churches and mosques. Perhaps a representative coordinating body can be set up?3) Sensitivity training for all Police officers to address Police disregard for abuse complaints, and bribery in return for doing nothing or engaging in personal attempts at mediation and monitoring bodies to prevent same, among other issues.4) The Gatekeepers’ Program to ensure first responders in every community. The Caribbean Voice plans to implement this programme next year, and we welcome the Ministry’s collaboration. We promise we won’t ask for money.5) Ministry of Education directives for all educators to be mandatory reporters, once abuse is suspected, identified or reported, as is the case in many nations.6) A national survey to determine the root causes of domestic violence, perhaps spearheaded by the University of Guyana, which already has the required skills and capacity. In effect, the ball is totally in the Government’s court, which, to date, has played nothing shots.7) For example: In February 2015, The Caribbean Voice and other stakeholders met with the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB), at which it was agreed that the PTCCB would unveil an adaptation of the Shri Lankan model of Hazard Reduction, which had reduced pesticide suicide in that nation by 50% in about a decade. Nothing has since been heard about that proposed unveiling.8) After our August 2015 National Stakeholders’ Conference on Suicide and Related Issues, Minister Ramjattan informed TCV that President Granger had directed him and the Prime Minister to provide all necessary help to TCV. We’re still waiting for any form of assistance.9) Last year, when a special sitting of Parliament was held to discuss suicide prevention, The Caribbean Voice was one of two NGOs invited to make a presentation. However, our invitation did not come from Government, but from the local office of an international organization.10) Since we launched our Youth & Student Workshop in 2016, continuous efforts to obtain Government’s permission (just permission, nothing else) to take it to public schools have met with no success, even though many schools have requested the workshop.11) Since 2015, continuous efforts to obtain Government’s (non-material) support for a National Youth & Suicide Essay Contest on suicide with US$5,000 in prizes have met with no success.12) Last year the Government voted against a bill to decriminalize attempted suicide, to prevent the Opposition from getting credit for it.13) Last year, when we planned a weekend intervention in Region Two, our request for our team to be accommodated overnight at the government guesthouse was rejected because TCV was “a PPP organization”, an assertion that has no basis in reality.14) Last year also, a request for a meeting with the then Police Commissioner was rejected with an unfounded assertion that TCV had supposedly campaigned at the 2015 elections. Incidentally, Minister Ramjattan had set up such a meeting in 2015, but a few days prior, we were informed that the meeting was postponed, as the Commissioner had an urgent matter to attend to. Subsequent communication to have the meeting reset went unacknowledged.15) Last month, at a meeting with Minister Ramjattan’s personal assistant, a broad range of issues was raised. A response sent to us on April 17 ignored all the items discussed, but stated that “the Ministry of Public Security Budget cannot accommodate additional budget lines to its existing work programmes.” Yet we merely requested $50,000 to print flyers for the National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil held on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10. Since its inception by Voices Against Violence, (an umbrella of almost 100 entities across Guyana), two years ago, 800-plus vigils have been held across Guyana. Incidentally, we reached out to the Minister based on his offer of support in a recent Kaieteur News interview.There is much more, but the above make the case.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Listen: Returned faces rising the optimism for Ryan McHugh

first_imgRyan McHugh believes Donegal’s jigsaw is piecing together at just the right time.Donegal staged a stirring second-half comeback yesterday at Pairc Ui Rinn to overcome Cork and put them firmly in the promotion shake-up.Definitely delighted, first and foremost with the win,” McHugh said. “That’s what we came for, to go back with two points.“We’d be disappointed with the last five minutes of the first half but, after that, we showed good composure and good skill to kick 1-13 in the second half.”Yesterday marked the returns of the likes  of Neil McGee and Paddy McGrath to a playing capacity with Michael Murphy making his first start of the year.McHugh said: “It’s great to get back as a squad and as a team. You want to have the best players playing every day.’ The 2018 All-Star was speaking to Ocean FM’s Paddy McGill. Listen to the full interview below … Listen: Returned faces rising the optimism for Ryan McHugh was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 Allianz League Division 2CorkMichael Murphyneil mcgeePaddy McGrathRyan McHughlast_img read more

More Cavani speculation and report says Chelsea will tell Cech to leave

first_imgCiting a tweet by a Spanish journalist, the Express say Arsenal look set to beat Chelsea as well as Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.It is claimed that the Blues want Cavani, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge many times. Arsenal are apparently willing to pay £51m for him.Chelsea are again linked with Real Madrid’s Germany star Sami Khedira – again by the Express.The midfielder, who played under Jose Mourinho at Real, has been tipped to move to the Bridge or Arsenal after being left out for this week’s Uefa Super Cup game against Sevilla.Chelsea will tell Petr Cech to find a new club, according to Goal.com.There has been speculation about the 32-year-old’s future, with Thibaut Courtois widely expected to be installed as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.Real Madrid, PSG and Monaco are all said to be monitoring the situation.And Chelsea youngster Victorien Angban is set to join French club SC Bastia on loan, according to reports in the midfielder’s native Ivory Coast.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Panic over Garoppolo, fullback, long snapper?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A 4-0 start isn’t enough to alleviate some 49ers’ fans concerns, so let’s try doing that in this week’s mailbag via questions through my Instagram and Twitter outreach program.If Juice is a no-go for Sunday, what changes does Kyle make in the run game? (@geoffcast)Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, arguably the MVP of the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack, indeed is out for at least Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Rams. He has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, requiring …last_img read more

Evolution 2.0: What’s in the Upgrade?

first_imgConsider Evolution 1.0.  That was the old biological, Darwinian stuff.  Now, there’s Evolution 2.0 – the evolution of technology.  W. Brian Arthur explained the upgrade package for New Scientist: “On the origin of technologies.”     Arthur is not the first to try to define a law of nature for the origin of technology.  He recognized, though, that prior attempts failed because some technologies do not fit the picture of an accumulation of small variations.  “The jet engine, for example, does not arise from the steady accumulation of changes in the piston engine, nor does the computer emerge from accumulated changes in electromechanical calculators,” he explained.  Therefore, “Darwin’s mechanism does not apply to technology.”  His new book The Nature of Technology tried to identify the laws of technological evolution.  He argued that new technologies do, indeed, derive from older ones, but not in a gradualistic way.  It’s more a combinatorial evolution, he said: “we need to tailor our thinking directly to technology, not borrow from biology.”     In order to think technologically instead of biologically, he said, “To start with, we can observe that all technologies have a purpose; all solve some problem.”  Then, “novel technologies form from combinations of existing ones, and in turn they become potential components for the construction of further technologies.”  As a result, a kind of tree of technology emerges: This mechanism, which I call combinatorial evolution, has an interesting consequence.  Because new technologies arise from existing ones, we can say the collective of technology creates itself out of itself.  In systems language, technology is autopoietic (from the Greek for “self-creating”).  Of course, technology doesn’t create itself from itself all on its own.  It creates itself with the agency of human beings, much as a coral reef creates itself from itself with the assistance of small organisms.     Autopoiesis tells us several things: that every technology stands atop a pyramid of ancestral ones that eventually made it possible; that all future technologies will derive from those now existing (though we cannot say exactly how); and that a novel technology’s value lies not just in what it does, but also in what further technologies it will lead to. Arthur tried to make tie-ins to Darwin wherever he could.  He has common ancestry, he has progress, he has a tree (or pyramid), he has building blocks, and he has emergence.  He even has digital organisms producing logic circuits in silico.  He fed a computer program a few simple logic circuits, some random mutations, and watched what emerged: Once we launched the experiment we found, unsurprisingly, that most new random combinations failed to meet any needs.  But after a few hundred steps, circuits started to appear that matched some elementary needs, and could be used as further building blocks.  From these, more sophisticated technologies evolved.  After about a quarter of a million steps, we found that the system had evolved quite complicated circuits: an 8-way-exclusive-OR, 8-way-AND, 4-bit-Equals – even an 8-bit adder, the basis of a simple calculator. He did admit, of course, that the emergence of these “technologies” was predicated on the fact that he had defined “needs” for the program.  These served as goals that could be rewarded.  “When we took away these simpler needs, these stepping-stone technologies did not emerge, and complex needs went unfulfilled.”     How does Evolution 2.0 differ from Darwin’s kind of evolution?  The primary difference is that combinatorial evolution is rare (but not absent) in biology.  Living organisms, he argued, evolve primarily through incremental changes and selection.  Technologies only emerge when pre-existing technologies combine in new ways.  “Darwinian variation and selection kick in only once a technology exists,” he said.  “For what really counts, the formation of new ‘species’ in technology, combinatorial evolution holds sway.”     One phrase notably missing from his theory is intelligent design.  It would seem ID would play heavily in any theory of technology, but references to human intelligence, goal-directed behavior, and purpose were referred to obliquely at best. It sometimes seems inconceivable that such shallow logic can pass for scholarship and scientific reasoning these days.  Someone needs to inform poor Dr. Arthur that he cannot derive Evolution 2.0 from Darwinism.  What he calls Ev 2.0 is nothing more than human intelligent design.  Humans are not omniscient.  They don’t create radar and iPhones ex nihilo.  But they learn, they create, and they choose.  They know what they want, and they can move mountains and organize materials to get it, once they find a method that works.  So yes, there will be elements of progress in human technology.  When the Sicilians invented the catapult, a way to inflict damage on an enemy city from a safe distance, the Romans were quick to improve on it.  These were all purposeful actions by intelligent beings capable of arranging materials for ends.  What on earth does that have to do with Darwinian mutation and selection?  Nothing.  Even the Victorian notion of progress in biology had a serious falling out in the 20th century.  Our perceptive readers surely noticed Arthur cheating in his software.  Just like the “digital evolution” charlatans, he held the strings of his marionettes so that they would do his own purposeful bidding.     That’s one of the fundamental errors in Arthur’s thinking.  He fails to constrain himself to the world of particles he describes.  He sits like Yoda, looking down on the world of nature, to explain it in a detached manner, like some disembodied sage on an alternate plane.  Once these guys understand that it is impossible to justify the Yoda Complex in a naturalistic world view, they will start understanding the scornful looks coming from the sentient designed beings around them.     So what’s in the Ev 2.0 upgrade?  Intelligent design – of an inferior kind from what came in its predecessor, life.  It’s a downgrade.  Unload your stock in Darwin & Co.  The smart money is on biomimetics – imitating the advanced technology found in the living world (e.g., AskNature.org).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Press release: Gauteng – an attractive and competitive investment destination

first_imgThere are more than R300-billion worth of investment opportunities in Gauteng that are still to be tapped into. The Inspire Gauteng Tourism, Trade and Investment Conference taking place this week will showcase these opportunities.The Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng will host the Inspire Gauteng Tourism, Trade and Investment Conference, which looks to raise awareness about the investment opportunities that exist within the province. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Monday 23 October 2017 – Brand South Africa will join the Department of Tourism and the Gauteng Growth Development Agency in partnering with Inspire Gauteng Tourism , Trade and Investment Conference and Exhibition on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October 2017, at Maropeng Cradle of Humankind.The aim of the conference and exhibition is to raise awareness around the R300 Billion plus investment opportunities and ease of setting up and doing business in the Gauteng province, thus positioning the province as a much sought-after investment destination.Themed “Unleashing Gauteng’s Investment Potential through Smart Partnerships, Economic Cooperation and Industrialisation” the main objective is to create a platform that will introduce national and international business partners to the vast opportunities available to further industrialize and create employment opportunities within the Gauteng Province.Media are invited to attend as follows:Date: 24-25 October 2017Time: 8:00 for 8:30Venue: Maropeng Cradle of HumankindRSVP: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comFollow the conversation #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Happy Halloween! – Geist des Hagen (GC11JM6) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgHave you ever found a “haunted” geocache or seen a ghost while out caching? Tell us in the comments. Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTen creepy caches for HalloweenOctober 24, 2017In “Community”Happy Halloween! – Geist des Hagen (GC11JM6) – Geocache der WocheOctober 30, 2013In “Deutsch”Geocaching.com Presents: FavoritesOctober 20, 2011In “Learn”center_img Watch out for the Ghost of Hagen while earning this smiley. Photo courtesy of die HeldenGeocache Name:Geist des Hagen (GC11JM6)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:There’s no better day than Halloween to venture into the dark woods of Germany to hunt for one of the country’s most favorited geocaches. Geist des Hagen (in English: Ghost of Hagen) is modeled after Das Nibelungenlied (The Song of the Nibelungs), an old tale of love, war and betrayal in which Hagen is a character. Spoiler alert: Hagen dies. And now his spirit, forever unable to rest, haunts this geocache and those who dare seek it out. Apparently Hagen isn’t a very scary ghost because thousands of geocachers have made the find. And of those that have found it, many of them have awarded it a Favorite Point. While the story this geocache is based on is from ancient times, the geocache is very much up-to-date. This geocache includes electronic components and even a voice module.# of Finds:5,611# of Favorite Points:2,836, which makes it the second-most favorited geocache in all of GermanyWhat die Helden, the geocache owner, has to say:“After this great feedback to this cache we did the other caches of the “Nibelungensage”, and now there are 10 caches from this series and some of them are made with even more mechanic and electronic “specials”. And when we do our caches we pay special attention to the water and weather proof stages, so we don’t need so much maintenance. For example we use many pieces from the car industry. It’s fun to do this caches and to interact with cachers.”What geocachers are saying:(Translated from German)“Fantastic, this is how caching should be, if your expectations are high because a cache already has 3000 favorite points: absolutely spectacular! Too bad you cannot give more than 1 favorite point. With amazed awe, Team Osterhasl” – Osterhasl“We came here only because of the favorite points to see what could be a cache like that to collect so many favos. This truly is worth every favorite point it has and more… One of the best caches we have ever found!” – Black_IslandRead More LogsPhotos:Another piece of the cache. Photo courtesy of die HeldenThis is what you’re looking for! Photo courtesy of die HeldenSecrets lurk everywhere in the forest. Photo courtesy of die HeldenSee All Photoslast_img read more

This Week in Business Analytics: Oracle Takes on SAP with New Business Intelligence Application, and More

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley Last week we took a look at several business analytics related predictions from analysts from Forrester and Gartner. This year’s analytics product announcements are off to an interesting start, even if they’re not confirming those predictions yet. The main trend we see in the three announcements we’re covering this week is integration. Oracle is announcing a new module for integrating with SAP, RJMetrics is integrating with MongoDB and Jaspersoft is setting itself up for easier integrations.Oracle Releases New Business Intelligence Application for SAPOracle released Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP this week, a module for its Oracle Business Intelligence Applications product. The module extends Oracle’s business and financial analysis tools to SAP. SAP, which lost a long court battle with Oracle last year, offers its own BI products NetWeaver Business Intelligence and BusinessObjects.RJmetrics Adds MongoDB SupportWeb-based BI vendor RJMetrics (see our previous coverage here) announced support for MongoDB this week. RJMetrics can now integrate directly with a customers’ MongoDB backend to analyze data stored there.Jaspersoft Re-Architects its BI SolutionThe open core BI vendor Jaspersoft released its completely re-architected product this week. Jaspersoft is now built entirely with standard Web technologies: JSP, JavaScript and HTML/CSS. This means three things for customers: 1) It will easier for you to customize your Jaspersoft deployment 2) It can easily be integrated with other Web technologies (see our report on web-oriented architecture) 3) Jaspersoft can be easily deployed anywhere: locally, in a private or public cloud environment or as a SaaS.Photo by Patrick Hoesly Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Reflections on “Communicating Effectively During Transitions” Webinar

first_imgDr. Patty Stewart Griffith is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked for more than 26 years in Los Angeles and Minneapolis providing mental health services ­ and also direct psychological services to hospitals, human service organizations, and the military. She has provided mental health services for the past 23 years to PICA Head Start, which serves 2500 children and families a year. She also has provided direct ongoing mental health services for U.S Military service members for the past 7 years. by Patty Steward Griffith, PsyD, MA, LPSometimes I feel that as mental health providers we are often out of breath, running to catch up with the ever changing and dynamic needs of service members and their families. And, although each military family is different and special, broader themes emerge in our work with the military culture that could best be explored through the research of social scientists in order to better serve our military families.The August 18, 2015 MFLN Family Transitions webinar “Communicating Effectively During Transitions – Managing Turbulence and Dilemmas” with Steven Wilson and Leanne Knobloch is a prime example of the investigative work being conducted that offers a contextual understanding for common challenges faced by service members and their families. Especially relevant for mental health providers was the methodology of the research. This webinar was beneficial in that participants were able to walk away with concrete data and tools for their toolbox to support better communication during transitions. The strategies shared for achieving meaningful and productive communication are helpful to both families and practitioners..One resource that was shared, VA Coaching into Care, seems to be an excellent resource, because bringing in a third party to navigate the VA health care system can help families avoid the potentially painful conflict of trying to coax a resistant service member into unwanted treatment. The social stigma that surrounds asking for mental health support still exists within the military culture. This a complicated dilemma and understandable to individuals serving in the military. Many military men and women would rather confide in their unit buddies about mental health issues, than speak to a stranger who may or may not “get it.”In my experience when working with military families as a mental health provider, through the Yellow Ribbon Program and then with rotational work with the military, I have found that chaplains are incredibly helpful and important in easing the transition for our military men and women to find their way to civilian or military behavioral health help. The chaplains are trusted and quite often the first responder for an individual’s mental health issues.Outside of the somewhat protective bubble of the Yellow Ribbon events, providers working with trusted military individuals are essential for creating strong and helpful relationships with families. I have worked with some remarkable women and men of military families within communities who have quietly been providing excellent support and services to military families for decades. They have been extraordinary role models and teachers. The military community in outstate rural areas often depend upon the expertise and wisdom of these individuals.I have worked on the clinical side of the psychological service spectrum for more than 20 years. Since 2009 I have worked with other mental health providers at innovative Yellow Ribbon programs events nearly every weekend in a 5 state area. We provided confidential support and also trained service members and families about post deployment issues, children and deployment, effective communication, the new normal, predeployment preparation, strong bonds couples’ work and more. These workshops served as conversation starters and provided useful shared information as well. This has been a casual and effective way to provide services to interested families and individuals. Having the communication data from this webinar would have been ideal then, and will now be a good addition to workshops, and for therapeutic work with military families.Something that Steven Wilson spoke about in regard to clear and thoughtful communication with a family member or provider talking to a post deployment service member was the statement, “I can’t ever know what you have gone through.” . This really resonated with me. This statement is both honest and somewhat open ended. Sometimes this kind of comment will pave the way for more conversation in a relationship or therapy session. It is, without being prying or judgmental, a neutral statement that can promote better communication and potentially develop trust with the family member or provider.At the end of the day, having excellent care for military families with sound, research-based strategies is what I believe mental health providers strive to offer. The research presented in this communication webinar supports this vision.last_img read more