CHURCHILL COMMUNITY TO HOST MEETING IN WAKE OF BURGLARIES

first_imgA meeting of concerned residents is to take place in Churchill tomorrow night (WED) following the recent spate of burglaries across the county.While the area has escaped the worst of the break-ins, locals are anxious to set up a text-alert scheme.The meeting, which will take place in McClafferty’s Bar at 9pm, will be addressed by Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Paul Wallace. People from the Glenswilly, Gartan, Churchill and Trentagh areas are encouraged to attend.Organiser Charlie McClafferty said “We are anxious to be pro-active and not reactive to these crimes.“We want to set up a system whereby if there is a burglary then we can react quickly to it and alert the relevant people to it,” he said.CHURCHILL COMMUNITY TO HOST MEETING IN WAKE OF BURGLARIES was last modified: March 4th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:burglariesChurchillSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

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Federal Judge Rules Evolution Must Be Taught As Fact, Not Theory

first_imgIt sounds like open-mindedness is illegal in Georgia, on the face of it.  Federal judge Clarence Cooper is allowing a lawsuit against the Cobb County school district to go to trial.  Their crime has been to insert warning labels in biology textbooks that state, simply,This textbook contains material on evolution.  Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things.  This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered.Six parents sued the school board over these stickers, which they claim advance a religious agenda.  The judge agreed with their claim that the labels did not have “a secular purpose” and therefore were an unconstitutional violation of separation of church and state.  According to the Associated Press story published on MSNBC News, “he noted that while the disclaimer has no biblical reference, it encourages students to consider alternatives other than evolution.”  He thought, therefore, that the labels could have the effect of “advancing or inhibiting religion.”    Presumably, alternatives probably would have included creationism, and while “The theory of evolution, accepted by most scientists, says evidence shows current species of life evolved over time from earlier forms and that natural selection determines which species survive,” the presumed alternative of “Creationism credits the origin of species to God.”  If so, the article claims, “In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled creationism was a religious belief that could not be taught in public schools along with evolution.”    On a related subject, John West of the Discovery Institute rebuked a recent CNN story for distorting the truth.  According to World Net Daily, CNN claimed nine states were considering punishing teachers who failed to consider alternatives to evolution.  The shoe is on the other foot, West responded: “This sort of shoddy journalism is inexcusable.  CNN manufactured a controversy that doesn’t in fact exist.  There is no movement in America to fire teachers who won’t teach ‘alternatives to evolution.’  The teachers who are really facing threats to their academic freedom today are those who want to present scientific criticisms of evolutionary theory.”How false and dumb do news stories have to get before people can’t take it any more and make their voices heard?  As seen in the Associated Press story about the textbook warning labels, the usual lies and misrepresentations from the Darwin Party have now been superseded by actual mind control.  Students must not develop critical thinking skills.  Open minds must be closed.  The thought police will now tell them what they must believe.  But CNN has the audacity to assert that opening the door to alternatives to evolution restricts teachers’ rights.    Judge Cooper based his decision not on the facts, nor on what the label actually said, but on (1) the assumed motive of the school board, and (2) the assumed effect on students.  As for (1), the judge felt he could read between the lines and discern the motives of the school board: “Aha!  I know what you’re trying to do.  You say you want students to keep an open mind, but what you really want to do is push the Biblical teaching of creationism!  Well, we’re not content to keep you off first base; we’re going to bend the rules so you can’t have a turn at bat!”  The danger of this legal approach should be self-evident.  If the thought police can now arrest you for what they think you might do, instead of for what you have done, then the Bill of Rights is out the window.    Some will retort that school board members are elected representatives of the state and speak for the government.  So what?  Does that trump their rights?  Does that make them slaves to the Darwin Party?  Government is of the people and by the people.  Are not school board members allowed to think, debate issues and make decisions?  If the voters don’t like their decisions, they can vote them out of office.  Why does the Darwin Party use the end run tactic of going to the courts to get their way?  One would think that scientists were interested in debating evidence, if “most scientists” believe “evidence shows” bacteria evolved into humans.  OK, may we talk about that evidence?  “No!  We’re going to find a judge who will outlaw criticism of our view!”    As for (2) the presumed effect on students – the fear that they might actually develop critical thinking skills and consider alternatives instead of swallowing the dogma that evolution is a fact – it is inconceivable that any science teacher worth his or her salt should fear open-mindedness.  Most science teachers want students to think and not just parrot answers.  Most science teachers would love it if their students actually understood something, and could discuss it intelligently, instead of just believing the textbook or the teacher’s word.  Even pro-evolution teachers should realize that discussion and debate about evolution is healthy.  The warning labels could be a great teachable moment for both sides.  What is there to fear?  That a student might think for a change?  Come on, Darwin Party apologists; you are making yourselves look like thought police.  If the only way you can get students to believe your view is to prevent students from even knowing there might be alternatives, then your view is not worth learning.    The Associated Press repeated a common lie about the 1987 Supreme Court decision, that creationism could not be taught along with evolution.  The decision only outlawed state laws that mandate equal time.  It specifically allowed for any scientific theory of origins to be taught in the science classroom, including creation or intelligent design, as long as it was not required to be given equal time.    It is a strange thing, yet all too common, to see the very people who preach free thought oppose it, and the ones who want to question everything shut off debate.  Then they rant and rave over rumors, which turn out to be false, that their opponents might restrict free thought.  There’s a word for this: hypocrisy.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ethiopian minister is first African to head the World Health Organization

first_imgFormer Ethiopian health minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been chosen as the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former Ethiopian health and foreign affairs minister, has been elected director-general of the World Health Organization. Tedros is a respected community health researcher, specialising in the fight against malaria. (Image: World Health Organization)CD AndersonDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the government of Ethiopia and elected by the WHO member states to begin his five-year term as director-general on 1 July 2017. He succeeds Hong Kong’s Dr Margaret Chan, who has held the position since 2007.Tedros has been Ethiopia’s minister of foreign affairs since 2012. He was also the Ethiopian health minister from 2005-2012, during which time he spearheaded a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system.Actions included expanding the country’s health infrastructure, creating 3,500 health centres and 16,000 health posts. Ethiopia’s health service workforce was also increased by 38,000 workers, including doctors, nurses and emergency service workers. In addition, he overhauled the financing mechanism to expand health insurance coverage to more Ethiopians.As Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Tedros worked closely with other African nations on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to financing achievable Sustainable Development Goals for the continent.As an internationally recognised malaria researcher, with a PhD in community health research, Tedros will be tasked with leading WHO developments in the fight against not only malaria, but also HIV/Aids and Ebola crises. During his career, he has worked extensively with United Nations bodies to ensure fair representation for African countries in health research and aid.Tedros has chaired the board of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as head of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board.His successes with these two organisations included securing increased funding to fight life-threatening diseases in Africa. At the RBM, his team created the Global Malaria Action Plan, which made inroads in malaria awareness and prevention not only in Africa, but also in Asia and Latin America.Tedros was also co-chair of the board of the Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health.Addressing the World Health Assembly shortly before the vote, Tedros pledged to lead the WHO in responding to future emergencies more “rapidly and effectively”, particularly the early detection of Ebola outbreaks.He also vowed to use his experience as Ethiopian health minister to actively ensure all Africans had access to healthcare, emphasising that “all roads should lead to universal health coverage. I will not rest until we have met this.”Further outlining his vision for the organisation’s role as a global health security body, Tedros said he foresaw the WHO’s work ensuring “a world in which everyone can lead healthy and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live”.(Image: World Health Organization)His five priorities as WHO director-general are:Advancing universal health coverage;Rapid and effective WHO response to disease outbreaks and emergencies;Ensuring the wellbeing of women, children and adolescents are the primary focus of global health and development;Helping nations address the effects on health of climate change; andMaking the agency transparent and accountable.Reacting positively to the appointment of the experienced doctor, the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s leading biomedical research charities, stated that his track record on global health issues held great insight and strong political will when dealing with governments around the world.Wellcome director Dr Jeremy Farrar added: “Dr Tedros has the power to herald a new era in how the world prepares for and responds to epidemics, including building partnerships, strengthening public health systems, and developing new vaccines and therapies that are available to all who need them.”Source: World Health Organization, The Guardian, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Employers must use new 1-9 form

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As of Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use a new version of Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification of new hires. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised Form I-9 last November and gave employers a short grace period for making the conversion to the new form, dated 11/14/16. The new form is available on the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.Employers will notice several improvements to the new I-9:The instructions are now separate from the form and include specific guidance on each section.The form is much more computer-friendly, with drop-down lists, calendars, on screen prompts and instructions for each field, a “start over” button and easy access to full instructions.The employer may now list more than one preparer and translator who assisted in completion of the form.In the first section, the employer must list only “other last names used” rather than “other names used.”A new “additional information” box provides space for the employer to note important information for the employer’s purposes such as additional documents presented, employee termination dates or form retention dates.Employers must complete a Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of every individual hired for employment. For more information, see our previous post on Form I-9, and visit the USCIS’s “I-9 Central” at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.last_img read more

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Google’s Android Things toolbox helps IoT devices get connected

first_imgTags:#Amazon#Android Things#Google#IoT#Nest#Thread#Weave Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Google is releasing a new toolbox that will make connecting Internet of Things (IoT) hardware as simple as writing an Android app.The search firm is showcasing Android Things via a developer preview. The new toolbox will allow IoT devices to push updates or connect to cloud services.See also: Can Amazon’s new Dash connect IoT’s dots?Specifically, Android Things uses such ordinary developer tools as Android Studio and the official software development kit. As well, it taps into Google Cloud Platform and Google Play Services for more options.And in the months ahead future versions will be able to download updates as well as tap into Google’s Weave.“This is ostensibly designed for companies building custom hardware, but you don’t need pro engineering skills to get started,” according to Engadget. “Android Things already works with Intel’s Edison, Raspberry Pi 3 and NXP’s Pico, so you can whip up a Google-powered gadget with minimal effort.”And to ease the rollout, Google is also improving its ad hoc Weave networking itself.To enhance Weave, some hardware like thermostats and light switches will be able to access a new device developer kit. As well, Weave devices can tap into other services like Google Assistant.Weave the Nest togetherIn the future, Google intends to merge its own version of Weave with Nest’s version. As well, it will offer tools to aid the creation of mobile apps.This flurry of activity is evidence that Google is upping its game to compete with other players like Microsoft, who are also developing their own IoT platforms.Earlier this year, Google opened up its IoT protocol for its Nest systems, as competition with Amazon for smart home market share heats up.Google launched its first open-source foray for Nest’s Thread protocol, which paves the way for better connectivity between IoT devices from different manufacturers and between devices and the cloud.Google was following the lead of Amazon, which previously opened up Echo’s virtual assistant Alexa to work seamlessly with other IoT devices. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Donal Powerlast_img read more

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