WICB ‘dysfunctional’, untrustworthy’ – Holding

first_imgKINGSTON (CMC): Cricket legend Michael Holding has blasted the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) as “dysfunctional” and “untrustworthy” and cautioned that the game is in danger of further deterioration if changes are not made. Holding’s public rebuke of the Dave Cameron-led WICB comes amid reports of defiance at the board’s quarterly meeting in St Lucia on Saturday. The WICB said it has retained the services of Dominican lawyer Anthony Astaphan to provide advice on the recommendations of the CARICOM report calling for the dissolution of the board. A WICB release quotes Astaphan as saying that the way forward is for the board and CARICOM to work together to improve the game in the region. “As for the state of West Indies cricket, that will only get worse as long as this current crop of board members remain there and the structure and culture remains the same,” Holding told Fairfax Media. “You cannot have a healthy productive employee workforce while the employer is dysfunctional, untrustworthy and not liked by the employees.” West Indies cricket has been marred by a turbulent relationship between the board and the players and last year the team abandoned a tour of India, leading to a US$42 million lawsuit from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The latest humiliation for the former world beaters came on the weekend when they crashed to an embarrassing innings and 212-run loss to Australia inside three day in the opening Test. – CMClast_img read more

Evangelist Takes On Darwin

first_imgWhat would Darwin do?  Just in time for the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, his magnum opus has been reprinted with an introduction not by a scientist or historian, but by a Christian evangelist.  He and a Christian movie actor are trying to get their special edition to students at major universities.  Talk about brashness.  Darwin’s defenders are stepping on themselves to condemn this – well, blasphemy.    World Net Daily told how actor Kirk Cameron is taking heat for working with evangelist Ray Comfort to get the “special edition” of Origin on 100 university campuses for the anniversary.  Cameron (Growing Pains, Left Behind, Fireproof) is now unwitting star of a YouTube spoof making him out to be a “willfully ignorant idiot” for taking on Darwin.  Comfort seems to enjoy watching the response.  “The atheists are going crazy,” he told World Net Daily.    Ray Comfort’s introduction to the Origin includes intelligent design arguments, a look at Darwin’s influence on history, and a short gospel message.  Kirk Cameron commented, “An entire generation is being brainwashed by atheistic evolution without even hearing the alternative; and it’s radically changing the culture of our nation.”  The two have gained years of street smarts talking with atheists.    Comfort defends his edition of the Origin by pointing out other printings through the last century have had critical introductions.  You can read his special Introduction to the Origin of Species on His ministry website, Living Waters, where there is additional information about the Origin into Schools Campaign.  Other Christian ministries are participating.Why not?  Darwinolatry is so easy to knock over, anyone could do it with half a brain.  How many degrees are required to point out that design demands a designer?  How much math training is required to show that “nothing times nobody equals everything” is nonsense?  A group of circus clowns could do it.  How much more a couple of sharp, witty, courteous, bold, talented evangelists?    Unlike the Darwin Party hatemongers, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron love people.  They have a lot of experience talking with individuals about their beliefs.  They understand how atheists think.  They know the shallowness of atheist arguments.  It’s not hard to quote Richard Dawkins, the atheist champion, and ask them to evaluate his statement, “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice” (The Ancestor’s Tale, 2004).  He’s right.  Trying to do justice to that kind of folly would be mad.  Look at the fodder in our 09/24/2009 entry alone, to say nothing of nine years of reporting here about Darwinist mythmaking, magic wands, Tinker Bell, Yoda and Popeye stories.  All one has to do is quote a few Darwinists to common people and the lights come on.  A small printed collection of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week awards would not even require any debating skills.  Someone may wish to take that on as a project.    Some Darwin-critic scientists are frankly too stuffy and shy about going on the offensive.  They are worried that unless we argue with scholarly rhetoric and finesse they might disturb the totalitarian dictators of science.  They think this debate needs more nuance.  After all, we wouldn’t want to provoke PZ Myers to spout more toilet talk on his blistering blog or anything.  They wouldn’t want to interrupt the magic act of the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws.  Enough appeasement!  Storm the castle!    It’s refreshing to see some boldness and brashness for a change.  Here are two nice guys willing to go into the Darwin Party strongholds with a smile and the confidence of their convictions.  They’re willing to take the mudslinging that is to be expected from the other side.  They’re only doing what Darwin told them to do anyway.  “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said in his own introduction 150 years ago.  Ray and Kirk see one-sided indoctrination and brainwashing going on.  They want to give students a rational alternative.  For crying out loud, they’re giving students an entire free copy of Darwin’s book – Darwin gets 300 pages, and Ray Comfort gets 50.  Fair enough?  What’s the problem?    There’s no reason to be shy when the truth is on your side.  Remember the unlearned fishermen who changed the world?  Unlike Darwin, they were not spreading cleverly devised fables.  They were eyewitnesses.  They knew what they were talking about.  They were excited about the good news they had to share.  Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are showing us that it’s time to be bold to get the living waters to the masses.  More power to them.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New Forbes Africa out in SA

first_imgRay Maota Patrice Motsepe, South African mining magnate, Mamelodi Sundowns football club owner and billionaire, graces the cover of the first issue of Forbes Africa. (Image: Forbes Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Forbes Africa  +27 860 100 209 RELATED ARTICLES • Law and Order comes to Cape Town • SA actresses make it big in Hollywood • Bieber wins top press photo award • Made in Cape Town: African sci-fiForbes Africa, the latest edition of the world-renowned business magazine, has hit the shelves in South Africa.The launch was held at Montecasino in Fourways, northern Johannesburg, on 29 September 2011.The magazine’s inaugural African edition, which went on sale on 1 October, is published by ABN Publishing and distributed by On the Dot, a leading media logistics company in South Africa.Content for the publication will be derived from a partnership with Africa Business News and TV station CNBC Africa.The business magazine can be found at CNA and Exclusive Books, as well as other selected retailers in South Africa. It will also be available in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mauritius, Botswana and Namibia.Chris Bishop, managing editor of the publication, said: “I am honoured to head up Forbes Africa. It will be a crisp and lucid voice which will resonate wherever people do business – a voice that will articulate the energy, hard work and dreams of the people of Africa.“Forbes Africa is a pan-African magazine that will celebrate and analyse the entrepreneurial spirit in the continent to spark ideas.”Cover manGracing the first issue is South African mining magnate, football club owner and billionaire, Patrice Motsepe.In the issue Motsepe comments on the debate surrounding the nationalisation of mines, money and football.Motsepe said at the launch: “It’s a huge honour to be on the cover of this prestigious magazine, as the people that will feature in this publication will reflect just how excellent entrepreneurship has become in Africa.”The chairperson of Africa Rainbow Minerals and owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, one of the top four football teams in the country, is estimated to be worth US$3.3-billion (R28-billion) and was ranked the 503rd billionaire in the world in 2008.Giving his views on nationalisation as an industry leader, Motsepe said in the first issue that he believes business should be caring about the welfare of its fellow citizens – just as it cares about share growth, competitiveness and the next dividend.Commenting on challenges facing his football team, Motsepe said: “We mainly went into soccer not to make money, but as a means of giving back. Of course we never thought we would lose so much money.“But it’s important for people to know they can relate to you, that you are not an arrogant, aloof, uninvolved person.”The 20 most powerful women in AfricaThe first issue of Forbes Africa also highlights the 20 most powerful women on the continent, ranging from positions in politics, telecoms, finance, mining and aeronautics.In order from one – 10, they are: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal, minister of finance in Nigeria; Joyce Banda, vice-president of Malawi; Gill Marcus, governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa; Joyce Mujuru, vice-president of Zimbabwe; Diezani Allison-Madueke, minister of petroleum resources in Nigeria; Isabel Dos Santos, an Angolan businesswomen; Maria Ramos, CEO of Absa bank; Mamphele Ramphele, former director of the World Bank; and Linah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana.Positions 11 – 20 went to: Nicky-Newton King, deputy CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange; Wangari Mathaai, the first African women to receive a Nobel Peace Prize; Siza Mzimela, CEO of South African Airways; Nonkululeko Nyembezi Heita, CEO of Arcelor Mittal in South Africa; Graça Machel, chancellor of the University of Cape Town; Pinky Moholi, CEO of Telkom; Hynd Bouhia, former director of the Casablanca Stock Exchange; Bridgette Radebe, chairperson of Mmakau Mining; Irene Charnley, non-executive director of the MTN group; and Monhla Hlahla, CEO of Airports Company South Africa.The honour to Wangari Mathaai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, comes posthumously as she died in Nairobi at age 71 on 25 September 2011 after a long battle with cancer.She was the first East African women to receive a doctorate in anatomy and the first environmentalist to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for her initiatives in promoting sustainable development, democracy and peace.last_img read more

Is Twitter a Mental Vacuum?

first_imgmike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When we talk to our less technologically-inclined friends about Twitter, we often run across the objection that they really don’t care what so-and-so ate for lunch today or what movie they are seeing tonight. And every time, we try to extol all the other benefits of the world’s most popular microblogging service. But could we be wrong? Is Twitter mostly people talking about themselves and what they ate for lunch?Well, SemanticHacker, the blog of contextual ad platform Textwise, has crunched some numbers and we may have to eat our hat.Parlez vous Twitterspeak?The blog used Twitter’s streaming API to gather nearly 9 million tweets from over 2 million individual users. Before looking at the data for meaning, the company first took a look at the language distribution of their sample. While the SemanticHacker team expressed their surprise at the language distribution, particularly the strong showing of Portuguese, we at ReadWriteWeb couldn’t help but wonder about the 10% labeled as “Unknown/Misclassified.” Are these tweets simply so horribly misspelled that the language-guessing program they used on the data could not venture a guess? Or could it be that 10% of the Twitter populous is now writing in that contracted form of text message Twitter-speak that it could no longer be classified as a recognizable language? (If you’re looking for a good example, find a 12-year-old and exchange text messages or just give Sarah Palin’s Twitter a look.)What We’re A-Twittering AboutThe folks at SemanticHacker then took a random sample of 1,000 English-language tweets and broke them down into eight categories. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#Semantic Web#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to their findings, it seems that Twitter really is full of people talking about themselves. A full 57% of the sample falls into tweets about what a person is doing, or private conversations between individuals. That leaves just 43% for other purposes, but when we take a look at that, the findings seem to become even more dismal. If we take away another 8% for “Other Messages” and “Unknown,” and another 8% for “Spam” and “Advertising,” we’re left with a mere 27% of the information on Twitter having some sort of value.Maybe it isn’t as bad as it looks, though. We’re willing to bet that if we wrote down everything we said in a day, the meaningful parts might not even reach the 27% mark. Oh, did I tell you about the tasty lentils I had for lunch today?last_img read more

Neymar & CR7 lead CL Team of Group Stage

first_imgUEFA Champions League Neymar and Ronaldo lead the Champions League Team of the Group Stage Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 06:44 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(20) Neymar Monaco PSG Ligue 1 26112017 Gettyimages UEFA Champions League Real Madrid PSG Celtic Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Beşiktaş Kevin De Bruyne Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Kylian Mbappé Harry Kane The PSG striker is living up to his record price-tag so far at Parc des Princes, while his Portuguese counterpart leads the goalscoring charts ALPHONSE AREOLA | PSGAlphonse Areola, PSGIt must be easy playing behind a defence as watertight as PSG’s, but in six games 24-year-old Areola conceded just four times, against Scottish champions Celtic, and kept a clean sheet against Bayern Munich.KIERAN TIERNEY | CELTICKieran Tierney Celtic Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aged just 20, Tierney has become a star for Celtic. Linked with Manchester United, the left-back provided an assist against Anderlecht and appeared to shock his Bayern counterparts with a lung-busting, dynamic display against the German giants. He is sure to make the move to bigger things soon enough, and it is all the more remarkable that he has yet to find his best position – he has been deployed at right-back, centre-back, left-back and on the left wing during his short career thus far.  JOHN STONES | MANCHESTER CITYJohn Stones Manchester CityStones has come on leaps and bounds since falling under the wing of Pep Guardiola, and he showed just what he can do with an exceptional group stage as Manchester City qualified with ease. Stones not only defended impeccably in his four appearances, but also got up the other end to score on three occasions – proving his talents as an all-round defender.DAVINSON SANCHEZ | TOTTENHAMDavinson Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur 09132017Sanchez has become an integral part of Tottenham’s backline in recent months. The summer signing, recruited from Ajax, particularly impressed in each tie against Real Madrid, as he successfully nullified Karim Benzema both in Madrid and London.LAYVIN KURZAWA | PSGLayvin Kurzawa PSG AnderlechtA left-back who scored a hat-trick absolutely merits inclusion in a team such as this. Kurzawa netted thrice against Anderlecht in a 5-0 win for PSG, and has also provided two assists, each against Celtic. It helps, too, that PSG have conceded just once in the competition.KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITYKevin De Bruyne Premier League Team of the WeekThe most in-form midfielder in European football currently, De Bruyne has grown to dominate games under Pep Guardiola. Dynamic, incisive and capable of the absolutely sublime, the Belgium international has provided three assists and scored once as Manchester City won Group F.PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOLSadio Mane Coutinho FirminoA marvellous hat trick on the final group match-day sees the Brazilian push his way into contention among the best of this first round. Coutinho netted five times and added two assists to send Liverpool through to the knockouts at the top of their group, and no team on the continent will want to face them with him, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in top formCRISTIANO RONALDO | REAL MADRIDCristiano RonaldoRonaldo has been going through something of a slump domestically, but he has scored nine goals in the Champions League, and is the leading scorer in the leading competition on the continent. He has scored in every single European game Real have played this season, including four over two ties against APOEL Nicosia.KYLIAN MBAPPE | PSGKylian Mbappe PSG Celtic Champions League 22112017Mbappe may well be the most amazing prospect to emerge since the Brazilian Ronaldo in the 1990s. Mbappe has dominated games in the European top-flight, even with Neymar hogging the left flank alongside him, and drew ever more admiring glances after an incredible performance in the 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munich. Four goals and three assists in six games is a tremendous return; Mbappe will surely add to that tally as the competition progresses.NEYMAR | PSGNeymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017Maybe the best player in the competition this season, Neymar has transformed the Ligue 1 side into one of the most feared sides on the planet. The Brazilian, the most expensive footballer of all time, has contributed to 10 goals in just six games – six goals, four assists – as the club have progressed from Group B.HARRY KANE | TOTTENHAMHarry Kane TottenhamThe Tottenham striker has long been tipped as one of the best strikers in Europe, but, prior to this season, he hadn’t proved it against the best on the continent. This season, that’s all changed – a dynamic, hungry display against Real Madrid inspired Spurs to a 3-1 win at Wembley, while he also scored home and away against Borussia Dortmund. Tottenham have won their group, and Kane has subsequently become one of the most feared strikers on the planet.UCL TEAM OF THE GROUP STAGETeam of the Group Stagelast_img read more

Prime Minister Announces Several Economic Initiatives for 2013

first_imgPrime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has announced a number of economic initiatives that are scheduled to come on stream during 2013.In a national broadcast on Sunday (January 6), the Prime Minister cited the development of the Gordon Cay Container Trans-shipment Hub and the development of the Fort Augusta Container Terminal and logistics centre as two such initiatives.She informed the nation that Cabinet has also approved the establishment of an enterprise team for the privatization of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), which is currently owned by the Port Authority of Jamaica and is one of the region’s leading container transshipment ports. Concurrent with the development of the port is the construction of the North-South link of Highway 2000, which is being constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company at a cost of US$610 million. Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that this will create a number of jobs with major development projects along the corridor between St. Catherine and St. Ann.Mrs. Simpson Miller also announced good news for developments in tourism, stating that “there will be an injection of over US$200 million in capital expenditure with projects, including leisure hotels Riu Palace and Fiesta Phase Two, as well as Shanghai and Marriott business hotels.”The Prime Minister said that for tourism, there will be an increased thrust into the Russian and Latin American markets. The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has been making headway into these markets and the first nonstop service flight from Moscow to Montego began last week with the Russian airline, Transaero, making its inaugural flight to Jamaica carrying 320 passengers.Mrs. Simpson Miller asked for unity as the nation builds. “I commit to do everything to make our economy stronger,” she said.last_img read more

A primer on the case that led to landmark Supreme Court ruling

first_imgVANCOUVER – Barrett Jordan was arrested in December 2008 for his alleged involvement in a dial-a-dope operation in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.Nine years later, he is at the centre of the Supreme Court of Canada’s attack on what it calls a “culture of delay and complacency” in the criminal justice system.In late 2008, the RCMP arrested Jordan and charged him and nine co-accused with 14 offences. Jordan remained in custody for two months but was eventually released on bail conditions, including strict house arrest.A preliminary inquiry was scheduled for May 2010, but the Crown realized that four days earmarked for the case would not be enough. Scheduling issues and court delays pushed the proceedings back by a year to make room for an additional five days.By the time the preliminary hearing had finished, it had been 2 1/2 years since Jordan’s initial arrest.It was around this time that Jordan was convicted of prior drug charges and sentenced to a 15-month conditional sentence.Jordan’s trial was scheduled to last six weeks starting in September 2012. A new prosecutor took over the file in July 2011 and contacted the defence, saying she believed the trial would only take two to three weeks and asked about earlier dates. Jordan’s lawyer did not respond.The trial began in September 2012 and Jordan was convicted in February 2013 on five drug-related offences, a little over four years after he was first arrested.Jordan’s lawyer argued for a stay of proceedings at the beginning of his client’s trial, but the judge dismissed the application. An appeal was similarly rejected.Both the trial and appellate judges said Jordan’s bail conditions were not excessive because he had been living under similar provisions imposed when he was given the conditional discharge on his other drug convictions.Jordan appealed to the Supreme Court, which struck down a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in July 2016.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time.Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in Superior Court.However, these benchmarks are not set in stone.The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” which could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country.They might also arise in complex cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.In addition, a delay may be unreasonable even if it falls below the newly prescribed time limits. However, the defence would have to establish that it took meaningful steps to expedite the proceedings and show the case lasted “markedly longer” than it should have.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Kindergarten registration now open for School District 60

first_imgThe School District is reminding parents to register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) you can contact the nearest school or check the School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.French Immersion Kindergarten is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. You can call the school, at 250-785- 4511, for further information regarding the French Immersion Program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.Blended kindergarten learning and distributed learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only.  You can call the school at 250-261-5660 for more information.Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten Programs. Availability and times vary for each school. You are encouraged to contact your school for details.For further information on the registration process, you can visit the School District 60 website or you can call Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, at 250-262-6017. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations.Registration for Kindergarten Students for the 2019/2020 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.Children who will be five years of age by December 31, 2019 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.last_img read more

Start em Young to Premier this Tuesday on Wild TV

first_img“I think it’s important and I don’t think we give it enough focus in that industry. I want to inspire others as well and give everyone the opportunity to get out there and learn those lessons. For anyone who doesn’t hunt but wants to, we can help out with that. They’re all good lessons to have.”Skage, being a life-long hunter, says the inspiration for the show was based on seeing how excited his son was when he first took him hunting.“When I seen how he was when I took him for the first time into the woods, just that excitement, I got excited and it revitalized me.”The show will premiere on Wild TV on April 16 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. FORT NELSON, B.C. – A locally produced TV series will be premiering this Tuesday on Wild TV.For the past year, Fort Nelson Resident, Mark Skage, has been producing episodes for a series called Start ’em Young.According to Skage, the show aims to inspire and teach youngsters the skills and knowledge of hunting.last_img read more

SDMC told to submit report on illegal encroachments at Samalkha Extension

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the deputy commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation to come up with a report on illegal encroachments and unregulated markets at Samalkha Extension near Kapashera here. The order comes as a Delhi Pollution Control Committee report that a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had gone through. The DPCC status report states that while concerned authorities have taken some steps in the matter, it is not clear whether any effective action has been taken at the ground level, the tribunal noted. “Let a report be filed in the matter before the next date by the deputy commissioner, SDMC,” the bench, also comprising Justice K Ramakrishnan, said, setting July 25 as the next date for hearing the matter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe order comes on the back of a plea filed by resident Narendra Vats contending that illegal encroachments and unregulated markets have come up at Samalkha Extension, East Telephone Exchange Road near Sonia Gandhi Camp, Samalkha village and National Highway 48. He alleged that various complaints were made to authorities concerned but no effective action has been taken till date. The plea also alleged that the municipal solid waste and other garbage generated by the hotels near the airport was disposed of unscientifically.last_img read more