NIC Urges Stakeholders to Protect Systems from Vandalism

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsFarmers and community stakeholders are being urged to protect the resources of the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) from vandalism.The call has come from Chief Executive Officer at the NIC, Dr. Mark Richards, who said the entity’s property in various communities has been tampered with, the result of which has been periods of loss of supply to customers in the agricultural sector.Dr. Richards said the cooperation of citizens is needed in order to ensure that the full potential of the agricultural sector can be realised. NIC Urges Stakeholders to Protect Systems from VandalismJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedNIC To Spend Over Us$1.8 Million To Upgrade Hill Run Irrigation System Farmers and community stakeholders are being urged to protect the resources of the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) from vandalism.The call has come from Chief Executive Officer at the NIC, Dr. Mark Richards, who said the entity’s property in various communities has been tampered with, the result of which has been periods of loss of supply to customers in the agricultural sector.“We have had a number of incidents in recent times…where meters were tampered with (and) in Clarendon, one of our wells was vandalised and we lost supply,” he said.“In an era of drought … we need to save every drop of water so we can continue with the productivity that we want. I am imploring everybody, farmers and community members to protect NIC’s assets as best as we can,” Dr. Richards pleaded, while addressing a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank.Dr. Richards said the cooperation of citizens is needed in order to ensure that the full potential of the agricultural sector can be realised.“We have to have that level of understanding and cooperation with our stakeholders to ensure that we remain viable and that agriculture can provide that growth that the Government is anticipating to come from this sector,” he said. Photo: Mark BellChief Executive Officer of the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC), Dr. Mark Richards, addresses a recent JIS Think Tank. center_img NIC Urges Stakeholders to Protect Systems from Vandalism AgricultureOctober 13, 2015Written by: Shari-Ann Palmer RelatedGovt Committed To Protecting Poultry Industry RelatedRADA on Mission to Revolutionise Sector Advertisementslast_img read more

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No, Really? Scientists Find Anti-Christian Prejudice in the Science World

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis TagsArizona State UniversityatheistsbiologistsBiology Education Research LabCampus Crusade for ChristCatholicschristiansCruDiscovery InstituteEvangelical ChristiansFederal Governmentfederal grantsfundamentalistsJerry CoyneM. Elizabeth Barnesmainline ProtestantsNational Science FoundationP.Z. MyersPh.D. programsPLOS ONEprejudiceRichard Dawkinsscientists,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos I suppose there’s some value in demonstrating the obvious. Writing in the journal PLOS ONE, four academics from Arizona State University ask, “Are scientists biased against Christians?” I could have told them in a word: Yes! Clearly, there is significant, overt prejudice against Christians in the science world. Aggressive atheist biologists like Jerry Coyne, Richard Dawkins, and P.Z. Myers (pictured above) may not be typical of their profession in how much time they have spent in their writing attacking religious believers, Christians in particular, but neither do they seem to have experienced much criticism for it from colleagues.Three StudiesTo be specific, the bias is not directed, for the most part, at mainline Protestants or Catholics, but rather at Evangelicals. And that is just what M. Elizabeth Barnes, who studies Biology and Society, and her colleagues from the Biology Education Research Lab at ASU confirmed. They conducted three separate studies: In the first study, we found that college science students report a perceived bias against Christians in science and that evangelical Christians perceive greater bias than Catholic and non-Christian students. Then in two studies, biology professors evaluated Ph.D. program applicants and we examined whether the professors rated a student less favorably when the student revealed a Christian religious identity. We found no statistically significant differences in how biology professors rated a student who was President of the Christian Association compared to a student who was President of the Atheist Association or a student who was President of the Activities Association. However, in Study 3, biology professors did rate a Christian student who went on a mission trip with Campus Crusade for Christ as less hireable, less competent, and less likeable than a student who did not reveal a Christian identity. Taken together, these studies indicate that perceived bias against Christians in science may contribute to underrepresentation of Christians but actual bias against Christians in science may be restricted to a specific type of Christianity that scientists call fundamentalist and/or evangelical. [Emphasis added.]What’s in a WordThe statement that “scientists call” this group “fundamentalist and/or evangelical” makes it sounds as if that is an objective, scientific label. After all, scientists are our culture’s preeminent objective truth tellers, are they not? Not quite. If you Google the phrase “fundamentalist Christian” to see how it’s used in the media, you will not find many Christians affixing it to themselves. The word has a history, but “fundamentalist” today functions mostly as a term of mockery or reproach. I’m not a Christian of any kind, but I’ve known enough Evangelical Christians, a very diverse group, to know that “fundamentalists” exist more in the imagination of those who loath them than in the real world. (Discovery Institute has frequently and falsely been tarred with the word.) In fact, on the website of Campus Crusade for Christ (or “Cru”) itself, I find only two uses of the word “fundamentalist,” both applied to “Muslim theocracy.” The authors of the journal article seem to recognize this discrepancy:Most frequently, scientists say they only have negative attitudes towards religions that are “fundamentalist evangelical” in nature, partly because of the perception that this type of religion tries to encroach on the authority of science [19]. While most scholars of religion would consider “fundamentalism” and “evangelicalism” distinct groups [23], scientists themselves tend to use these terms interchangeably [19]. Scientists tend to describe fundamentalism/evangelicalism as religion that is rigid and unchanging in the light of new information, based on moral command rather than moral principle, has a uniform belief structure that discourages diversity of viewpoints, and often tries to intrude on the domain of science [19]. Therefore, bias against Christians in science may be restricted to evangelical Christians, or may be stronger against evangelical Christians than Christians who do not identify as evangelical.In other words, they found that “most frequently,” scientists, unlike “scholars of religion,” freely and contemptuously use a term intended to denigrate a large swath of Christians, dismissing them as “rigid and unchanging in the light of new information,” “discourag[ing] diversity of viewpoints,” and “intrud[ing] on the domain of science.” If that is not gross prejudice, what is?Add It UpI mentioned that there is value in confirming the obvious. But how much value? The four authors note at the end, “This project was supported by the National Science Foundation,” followed by three grant numbers. The grants, which I assume went to other things besides the studies reported here, are in the amounts of $9,800,382, $292,767, and $423,003. That’s right, a total of more than $10.5 million dollars from the Federal Government. Apparently, documenting what everybody already knows pays pretty well. I think I’m in the wrong business!Photo: P.Z. Myers, by Mark Schierbecker [CC BY-SA]. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Faith & Science No, Really? Scientists Find Anti-Christian Prejudice in the Science WorldDavid KlinghofferJanuary 31, 2020, 12:44 PM last_img read more

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Martin City Pizza and Taproom opens in former Pizzabella space at Mission Farms

first_imgTrevor Ashby in the new Martin City at Mission Farms location.When the space opened up on the ground floor, it didn’t take Trevor Ashby long to see the opportunity.As a resident of the apartments at Mission Farms, the veteran restaurant industry manager has longed for a true “neighborhood hangout” that offered great food and service in a relaxed atmosphere.The bar has 16 Martin City Brewing Company beers on tap.“There really wasn’t anything in the area that gave you that more casual situation, nothing with craft beer and a lower price point,” he said.So when Pizzabella at Mission Farms closed up shop last year, Ashby teamed up with the founders of Martin City City Pizza and Taproom to pursue the opportunity to expand the company’s thriving Martin City restaurant concept.“It was kind of the perfect match for a hole that was existing in the neighborhood,” he said. “It was no brainer. We had the pizza and beer dialed in from the first restaurant, and everything we needed to replicate it here.”On Wednesday, after two months of renovations and a few days of soft openings, the new Martin City at Mission Farms location officially opened to the public. They’re having a grand opening celebration Saturday that will feature an outdoor beer tent and tables, yard games, and live local music from noon to 9 p.m.Like at the original location, the Mission Farms operation features a scratch kitchen, a huge pizza oven, and 16 Martin City craft beers on tap.But the Mission Farms location also has a few menu additions designed to appeal to the local crowd.“We have elevated the menu a little with a few more apps, salads,” Ashby said. “It’s about 85 percent of what’s on the original menu and a few more items, which we’ll be trying out to see how people respond.”The dining room has received a few updates from its previous iteration at Pizzabella.last_img read more

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Prairie Village police issue disorderly conduct citation to man after residents say he yelled at them for support of Black Lives Matter

first_imgThe Prairie Village Police Department issued a disorderly conduct citation to a man who allegedly yelled at a family while they were outside their home near Weltner Park, where a Black Lives Matter protest was taking place on July 18.The incident sparked a change.org petition seeking justice for the family and protesters after officers initially declined to physically show up to the scene and issue the man a citation due to the “insufficient threat level,” according to the petition.Police said they initially didn’t respond to the incident because they thought it was related to a Black Lives Matter protest happening at Weltner Park, which the department was trying to keep a low footprint at. The lack of response sparked a change.org petition calling on the department to issue the man a citation and revise its responsiveness policy.As a Prairie Village family unloaded groceries in their driveway, the man pulled up to their residence, which had yard signs with anti-racist messages on them, and “began belligerently screaming at the resident and children,” according to the Change.org petition. He continued to swear and yell at the family before moving onto “shouting obscenities” and verbally threatening protesters, according to the petition.Police Chief Tim Schwartzkopf said there was an assumption that the incident was related to the protest, which the police department was trying to keep a low footprint at. The department planned to respond to vandalism, criminal property damage and overt acts of violence, he said.“Based on the information we had there, we didn’t believe it rose to that level but we also didn’t realize that it was separated from the rally,” Schwartzkopf said. “So, had we made that connection, we would have sent a car down there.”The disconnect put the department a day-and-a-half behind on the investigation, but once all the pieces were put together, “the end result was what it needed to be,” Schwartzkopf said. He said he spoke to the resident about the department’s response and none of the other items from the petition came up.Martin Dressman, a 71-year-old resident who observed and briefly participated in the protest, was also yelled at by the same man. As Dressman mowed his lawn, which has a Black Lives Matter sign in it and is across the street from Weltner Park, the man approached and called Dressman “the enemy.” Dressman said the man told him he was responsible for the protest, as well.Dressman has Black Lives Matter signs in his yard such as the one above, as well.A week prior to the incident, Dressman said he and his wife received an anonymous letter from neighbors implying their Black Lives Matter signs should be removed “to not draw unwanted attention.” The letter went on to say the signs and unwanted attention “might disturb the peace and quiet in the neighborhood,” he said.While there are some people in his neighborhood who seem to support Black Lives Matter, as visibly noticeable from other yard signs, Dressman said it’s apparent others are having some difficulty with the signs of support.“There are apparently some folks that are struggling with these new developments in our nation, in our neighborhood,” Dressman said. “I don’t know whether it was one person, or several people who got together and discussed it and decided that a letter needed to be written.”last_img read more

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Hutcheson petitions for Bar reinstatement

first_imgHutcheson petitions for Bar reinstatement H utcheson petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Douglas Andrew Hutcheson of Niceville has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for reinstatement to The Florida Bar.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Hutcheson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Marsha Underwood, staff investigator for The Florida Bar, at (850) 475-5077. October 1, 2009 Regular Newslast_img

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Five-star wins for Dermott Lennon and Daniel Coyle at Spruce Meadows in Canada

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Five-star wins for Dermott Lennon and Daniel Coyle at Spruce Meadows in Canada Tags: Irish riders have continued their excellent run of form at the five-star fixture in Spruce Meadows, Canada. Co Down’s Dermott Lennon and The Irish Sport Horse MJM Pursuit recorded their third win in as many weeks, when taking the top prize in Thursday’s Kubota Cup 1m50. Thirteen of the 53 starters jumped clear in the one-round speed contest, with Lennon taking the winners prize with a time of 61.40 seconds.Dermott Lennon (IRL) & MJM Pursuit (ISH) (Photo: Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk)The competition unfolded under heavy rain, however this didn’t seem to bother the Irish rider,“I’m delighted with MJM (Pursuit), she went super today. She was a bit unlucky yesterday and pulled a shoe and had a couple down. Today with the weather you just had to give them (the horses) time get back and jump the rails, but other than that the footing was fine,” Lennon said.Jordan Coyle (IRL) & Picador (Photo: Spruce Meadows Media/Mike Sturk)The action got underway in Spruce Meadows on Wednesday with Derry’s Jordan Coyle adding to his recent run of results – taking victory in the Friends of the Meadows Cup 1m50. Coyle, riding Picador, beat off 100 fellow competitors with a clear round in time of 62.05 giving him his fifth win of the 2019 Spruce Meadows Summer Series.“It was a very good course, my horse is quite fast and I just stuck to my plan and it worked out.” said Coyle on his plan going into the competition.Conor Swail also filled third place for Ireland with GK Coco Chanel – finishing two seconds behind Coyle. Among the other notable Irish results this week at Spruce Meadows, Mayo’s Cormac Hanley finished fifth in the 1m55 jump-off class with VD Cartello, while Daniel Coyle scored a win in the 7-year-old competition with Amalia. 5 July 2019, 08:17 Five-star wins for Dermott Lennon and Daniel Coyle at Spruce Meadows in Canada last_img read more

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Ravens appear to be bracing for potential Rice holdout

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice said he outplayed his rookie contract, general manager Ozzie Newsome was asked about his franchise player’s statement at the Ravens’ pre-draft luncheon in Owings Mills on Wednesday.And there was no disagreement.“That was a rookie contract, so yes,” Newsome said. “I’d like to think that every player with the Ravens that we draft hopefully outplays their first contract.”By placing the franchise tag on Rice in early March, the Ravens prohibited him from becoming an unrestricted free agent and ensured he would remain in Baltimore for the 2012 season.Reports indicate Rice does not plan to report for the start of the team’s offseason workout program in less than two weeks and may hold out during minicamp without a new deal in place. Rice would not face any disciplinary action should he decide to skip organized team activities or the preseason.The slow pace of negotiations and Rice’s comments make it easy to conclude the Ravens are preparing for a holdout from their most dynamic offensive player.“That’s something we talk about when we put the tag on him,” Newsome said. “What are the consequences and what are the unknown consequences that could happen? Up until a guy actually signs his franchise tender, he’s not under contract and we’re not allowed to ask him to come to our mandatory minicamp. We understand those things. … We’ve experienced that before.“We’ll be prepared, and I think Steve [Bisciotti] made a great statement that I read. Whenever Ray shows up, he’ll be ready to play. There’s no doubt in our mind.”With running backs Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster signing long-term extensions with their respective teams earlier this offseason, there was optimism that the parameters for a new Rice contract were falling into place. However, it appears Rice and agent Todd France are still looking for dollars more closely resembling the lucrative deals signed by Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson over the last two years.The Ravens and Rice have a July 15 deadline to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the running back is required to play for the $7.7 million franchise tender for the 2012 season. A new contract would not only lock up the two-time Pro Bowl back for the foreseeable future, but it would likely create $2-$3 million of salary cap room — something the Ravens could use this offseason.“We’re happy with the progress that we’re making with negotiations,” Newsome said. “To say that from where he was to where we’ve put the franchise tag on him, that’s a significant increase.”Newsome not biting on ReedIn what’s become virtually an annual occurrence, Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed raised a few eyebrows recently with some cryptic comments regarding his future and a continued desire for a new contract.Talking out of both sides of his mouth, Reed has expressed the possibility of playing another four to five years at one point while also failing to make a definitive statement that he will return in 2012. It’s all just par for the course with the future Hall of Fame free safety.“I have not had a conversation with Ed since our last game to be honest,” Newsome said. “As of right now, whoever we play in that first game this year, I anticipate Ed Reed being our starting free safety. That’s as much information as I have at this point.”The 33-year-old Reed has one year remaining on his current contract and carries a $7.2 million base salary this season.Cornerback contracts in works?The Ravens are in negotiations with cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams in hopes of reaching long-term extensions with each, according to Newsome. Both players are restricted free agents, with Webb having received the first-round tender and Williams getting the second-round tender in March.There has been plenty of talk that teams could pursue Webb — and would be willing to part with a first-round pick to sign him — but no signs point to the Ravens being in danger of losing the fourth-year cornerback.“We are involved in negotiations with both,” Newsome said. “What the status is, I don’t know. I haven’t seen [vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty] today. I only saw him once, but our restricted guys are guys that we would like to extend to longer-term deals.”Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is also a restricted free agent and was given the second-round tender as well. Ravens fine with Flacco’s proclamationUnsurprisingly, the first question leading off the pre-draft press conference related to quarterback Joe Flacco’s comments to WNST.net earlier this week in which he stated his opinion that he’s the best quarterback in the NFL.Newsome repeated the general sentiment that many have expressed in defending the quarterback for simply sharing the confidence he has in himself. However, the Baltimore general manager was quick to point out how Flacco will need to back up his words with his preparation and play on the field.“I don’t think any player, any coach, any [general manager] does not think that they are the best at what they do,” Newsome said. “And, for Joe to say that, I think it’s a common thing. The aspect of it that I think we also look at that if you make a statement like that, then you also have to prepare yourself to be the best. I’m sure that Joe is also doing that.”Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of the pre-draft press conference in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault.last_img read more

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Rohr clashes with Pinnick over Super Eagles’ friendly against Egypt

first_imgGernot Rohr has strongly disagreed with the top echelon of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the choice of Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba to host the national team’s friendly against Egypt on March 26.According to reports, the Super Eagles coach believes the pitch at the Asaba stadium is not good enough to host such calibre of a match between two of Africa’s biggest teams, but the NFF top shots have insisted on taking the game to the Delta State capital.The NFF also intend to stage the Eagles’ last match in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the same stadium, named in honour of former Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.Just as it was for the last Eagles’ friendly game, which also held at Stephen Keshi Stadium, the NFF top brass believes it would be cost effective to take The Pharaohs of Egypt to the same arena.The Eagles’ first friendly in 2019 will come up only four days after they battle Seychelles in their last AFCON qualifier, which is a non-consequential match, as Nigeria has already qualified with a game to spare.The argument being forwarded by officials at The Glasshouse is that Asaba would be the best option for both games, to save costs and due to logistics issues, especially as Delta State government is again ready to foot the bills.Some dissidents in the national governing body are of the view that a major attachment for Asaba comes from the fact that NFF president, Amaju Pinnick is from Delta State, and is inclined towards leaving a legacy behind as gains from his unprecedented two-term tenure at the head of Nigerian football.Relatedlast_img read more

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Utah-Arizona Shootout tees off

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] Ever since it began 14 years ago, the Utah-Arizona Shootout has been as competitive as an annual golf series can be.Going into this year’s event, which will be contested today and Wednesday at the Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, the series stands 7-7.After splitting the first eight matches, Utah won three straight only to see Arizona come back to win three straight matches.The Shootout is patterned after the Ryder Cup and President’s Cup matches with golfers competing in four-ball (best ball), foursomes (alternate shot) and individual matches.Play begins this morning with the four-ball segment in the morning and foursomes in the afternoon. On Wednesday the 12 players from each team will compete in individual matches. Each team consists of two women, two seniors and eight at-large players.Arizona is led by its two women, Tui Selvaratnam and Lynn Simmons.Tui, who played college golf at Arizona State, advanced to the quarterfinals of the USGA Women’s Mid-Am Championship this year and last week finished fourth individually in the USGA State Team Championships.Utah’s women are Sue Nyhus, a former runnerup in the USGA National Women’s Public Links Championship and two-time State Amateur champion and Lachell Poffenberger, a three-time State Amateur champion.Utah’s seniors are Kent Christopher and David Cannon, while Arizona counters with Rich Morrison and Cannon Randall.Guy Gedeon, who has helped his state to three straight victories, leads Arizona’s at-large contingent. The only other Arizona player with experience in the Shootout is Morgan Brown.Utah has three experienced at-large players in Steve Poulson, Herb Lyons, and Jon Morgan. First-timers include Scott Clark, Zach Johnson, Brock Griffith, Carl Jensen, and Randy Hicken. Collegiate players are not eligible for the event. last_img read more

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Penguins’ Murray out 3-6 weeks with broken hand

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops a shot by San Jose Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi (27) during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar AP PhotoPITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out three-to-six weeks with a broken hand.Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced the injury Saturday on the second day of training camp.Murray broke his right hand while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Murray said he jammed his thumb in North America’s loss to Russia on Monday and was held out of its game on Wednesday.The 22-year-old went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in the playoffs last spring as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. This injury makes it unlikely Murray will be available for opening night against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 13 when the Penguins raise the fourth Cup banner in franchise history.last_img read more

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