Schools should not avoid criticising religion, say humanists

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGSCharlie HebdoeducationlimerickLimerick School ProjectMid West Humanistasreligion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace”  THE Mid West Humanists say they do not believe that schools and society should be obliged to respect any culture or religion, following reports that parents complained to a Limerick city school after Muslim pupils were offended by a magazine.It was widely reported recently that the mother of a fifth class pupil at the Limerick School Project complained that her son was offended after another pupil brought in a copy of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, with a picture on the front page depicting the prophet Mohammed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up MWH, an atheist community with members in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, said it “agrees fully with respect for all people, but disagrees entirely with the idea of an obligation to have respect for any culture”.The group also says that shielding children from the open discussion of ideas that they may hold, or consider holding, “is infringing the right of the child”.A spokesperson for MWH said: “We do not support the present Constitution and law that makes public disrespect for religion a crime. It is quite an anomaly that it is entirely legal to criticise the food, clothes, and music elements of any culture, and most people would not dream of a law or even of a social convention not to criticise them, but the law and indeed the Constitution of Ireland make criticism of the religious element of a culture a crime.”The group acknowledges that it is “a delicate matter” for teachers to deal with subjects that may be sensitive to pupils, but that schools “certainly should not teach children to have a general respect for any culture or any aspect of culture”.The MWH added that schools and adults should teach children to have respect for others, and to use diplomacy in deciding when to criticise an element of a culture, “but not to set a rule to always avoid criticising any particular part of culture, including religion”. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Email WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement NewsSchools should not avoid criticising religion, say humanistsBy John Keogh – February 16, 2015 694 Previous articlePledge on Heathrow slotsNext articleFlying over this Cuckoo’s Nest John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

String Cheese Incident Debuts Four Covers At Electric Forest

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident delivered a number of live debuts, including four cover debuts, during their two performances at the second weekend of Electric Forest 2018. The new material included songs by Tom Petty, Traffic, Peter Gabriel, and Johnny Nash, as well as two recently released tracks from the SCI Sound Lab.The first debut came during Friday night’s second set, which opened with the first-ever performance of “The Big Reveal”, a Grateful Dead-inspired tune that was penned by keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth (the band released a studio version of the tune last week). Toward the end of that same set, SCI treated fans to a rendition of Tom Petty’s Southern Accents classic “Don’t Come Around Here No More”. Other covers, such as Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” and The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm”, also appeared during the show.Fans were treated to even more debuts on Saturday night, when SCI reconvened for their second show and its theatrical second set, an annual event known as the “Shebang” set. However, the first debut, a cover of Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die instrumental “Glad”, came before the second set’s theatrics got underway. The three debuts that followed came one-by-one during the Shebang set as the band worked through Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain” and Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” before welcoming singer Ruby Chase for the live debut of “Otherside” (the dance-pop track was released a few weeks ago in collaboration with Chase and L.A.-based electronic music trio TELYKast). “Rider on the Storm” also reappeared during the set, which featured a cover Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” as well.Recordings of borth Friday and Saturday night’s shows are available for purchase via LiveCheese.com.String Cheese Incident’s “Shebang Set”Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Electric Forest | Rothbury, MI | 6/29/2018Set One: Eye Know Why, One Step Closer, Get Tight, Way That It Goes, Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Best Feeling > CollidingSet Two: The Big Reveal^, Just One Story > Texas > Riders On The Storm > Texas, I Wish, Purple Strains (Earl’s Song), Way Back Home > Don’t Come Around Here No More*, Way Back HomeEncore: Hi Ho No Show > Just One Story^ = SCI original, debut* = Tom Petty cover (FTP)Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Electric Forest | Rothbury, MI | 6/30/2018Set One: Black Clouds, Nothing But Flowers, On The Road, Falling Through The Cracks, Looking Glass > Glad* > HowardSet Two: Stop Drop Roll, Sometimes A River, Bumpin Reel, Riders On The Storm > Immigrant Song > Red Rain^ > I Can See Clearly Now~ Otherside$, Tinder Box, Dirk > BollyMunster* = Traffic cover (FTP)^ = Peter Gabriel cover (FTP) w/ Ruby Chase~ = Johnny Nash cover (FTP)$ = SCI & TELYKast original, debut, w/ Ruby Chaselast_img read more

Star Treks Nichelle Nichols Becomes Founding Celebrity For STARPOWER

first_imgNichelle Nichols – best known as ‘Uhura’ in Gene Roddenberry’s iconic television show ‘Star Trek’ – has announced her role as a founding celebrity and launch partner of STARPOWER, the largest philanthropic endeavor in social media history, to benefit and support her favorite charities.Video: Nichelle Nichols – Welcome to StarPowerNichols, who volunteered with NASA to promote recruitment of women and minorities into the space agency, is joining forces with STARPOWER to harness the power of her fans online to raise funds and awareness for deserving charities that continue those missions she cares so much about. Effective immediately Nichelle Nichols will be hosting fan events, offering giveaways, signings, competitions, and more to fans that follow her through her STARPOWER account.Fans of Nichelle and of Star Trek can JOIN here.“Nichelle Nichols is a woman of many historic firsts,” said Terri Hitchcock, CEO of STARPOWER. “She has broken boundaries throughout her entire career. From her role as the first African-American woman to play a non-stereotypical television lead, to her pioneering work in the space program, Nichelle has chosen to take on a new historic undertaking with the launch of STARPOWER. We’re truly honored that she’s chosen to join us.”“StarPower makes it possible to share with my fans in ways I’ve always wished I could do, said Nichols, speaking from her Los Angeles home. “I’m excited to not only have a closer relationship with my fans than ever before, but to be doing it for my favorite causes.”Nichols is noted for her dedication to her fans whom she calls ‘many of her best supporters, her cheerleaders, and her very close friends’.Nichols continues to tour the world, attending conventions and performing on stage for both her own work, and for Star Trek. “I wish I could spend more time with each and every one of them,” says Nichols, “and now, thanks to StarPower, I can.”Nichols’ charitable recipients include The Technology Access Foundation which works to aid and equip minority students for success in college and life through an education in the sciences and engineering, and the Planetary Society which sponsors projects that will seed innovative space technologies, nurtures creative young minds, and is a vital advocate for our future in space.last_img read more

The 2019 NBA Draft Class Is Short By Basketball Standards

Neil Paine contributed research. It isn’t that bigs are no longer effective in the pace-and-space modern NBA. As we previously noted, 21 of the league’s 50 most valuable players by VORP two seasons ago stood 6-foot-10 or taller, a high for the league since the ABA merger in 1976. This season, it was up to 26 players.In a league that seemingly gets longer by the minute, it’s telling that switchability — rather than height — is expected to dominate this year’s draft. This year’s NBA Finals pitted 6-foot-7 Draymond Green against 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol, and although the latter won the championship, the incoming archetype more closely mirrors the former. If things play out as ESPN’s latest mock draft suspects, this year’s lottery will feature a bevy of oversized guards, guys capable of being slotted at either guard or wing, bigs with the lateral quickness necessary in modern NBA defense … and one 7-footer.No longer can bigs be immobile. They must now move laterally at a high rate, tread water against guards on pick-and-roll sets and defend multiple positions on the interior. Positional flexibility is here to stay — look no further than Thursday night’s draft. A year after an NBA draft dominated by very large human beings, the draft class to be announced Thursday night should look a lot … shorter. Big men are obviously still alive and well in the NBA, but this class illustrates that the league now focuses on positional flexibility and finds itself firmly rooted in a style of play that prioritizes shooting, spacing and length over height.According to rankings from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, there isn’t a single player taller than 6-foot-7 projected to be taken in the first five picks and just one 7-footer forecast for the lottery. The average height of the projected Top 10 selections is 78.8 inches, or nearly 6-foot-7. While that may be well above the national average, by NBA beanstalk standards this would be the fifth-shortest Top 10 of any draft since 1985. It’s also a stark contrast to 12 months ago, when 7-foot-1 DeAndre Ayton went No. 1 overall, five of the first seven selections were bigs,1That list doesn’t include 6-foot-7 Luka Doncic, who is among the league’s tallest point guards. and six lottery picks were at least 6-foot-10. This season, only one projected lottery pick exceeds 82 inches.But just because this year’s draft has downsized doesn’t mean the incoming crop is all Lilliputian guards. The class is full of versatile wings, and surefire top selection Zion Williamson is an athletic marvel unlike anyone in recent memory. In fact, this draft class is perhaps the clearest encapsulation of the league’s transition away from the lumbering frontcourt.Take Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, for example, who is 6-foot-8 and among 20 players invited to sit in the green room. Last season, coach Mark Few tasked him with protecting the rim. Clarke proceeded to set the single-season blocks record and was the backline of the most dominant shot-blocking unit Few has had in his 20 years in Spokane. “I’m not 7 foot,” Clarke told FiveThirtyEight, “but I have really, really good timing by the basket. Even though I’m 6-8, I feel like I play like I’m much taller.”Juxtapose that with Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 skyscraper who will likely become the tallest player in the NBA since Yao Ming.2The son of Manute Bol, the tallest player in NBA history, is not the tallest person in this draft class. Bol Bol is only 7-foot-3. He’s coming off one of the most efficient scoring careers in the history of college basketball, but there’s a fairly good chance that he won’t be drafted Thursday night, a notion that would stun front office execs of yesteryear.Indeed, there was a time when the most coveted player in an NBA draft was a 7-foot, back-to-the-basket force, capable of controlling the game on both ends of the floor. From 1980 to 1992, nine of the top overall selections were at least 6-foot-10, with seven3Joe Barry Carroll in 1980, Ralph Sampson in 1983, Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, Patrick Ewing in 1985, Brad Daugherty in 1986, David Robinson in 1987 and Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. checking in at 7 feet. But the NBA has changed in myriad ways since the draft was first televised in 1980. Nowadays, even the positions are different, as the 1-5 designation has largely be replaced by three options: guard, wing, big. As such, the coveted prototype for each classification has changed dramatically.“Most high school and college coaches would tell a big to stay back and protect the rim,” said Justin Zormelo, a personal trainer who specializes in analytics and has trained NBA All-Stars. “As you can see in the NBA, you can’t do that anymore.”Slow and plodding — like Roy Hibbert — is out. Quick, long and athletic — like Giannis Antetokounmpo — is in. It’s no coincidence that most of the players in the top half of this draft have been lauded for their ability to switch on defense or play multiple positions on the floor.“Being able to move laterally is important,” Zormelo said. “Understanding your length. Being able to play in different areas of the floor rather than just setting up in front of the basket. Developing a shooting touch. This is now critical.”Let’s look at the Top 5 frontcourt selections in this year’s draft: Williamson, De’Andre Hunter, Sekou Doumbouya, Jaxson Hayes and Rui Hachimura. Their average height: 80.8 inches. Compare that to previous years, and there’s a clear disparity. read more

Cash savings in air travel as InterCaribbean celebrates 22 Years

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – No longer an air carrier with one pilot, one plane and the accountant who was also the baggage handler – all in the person of Lyndon Gardiner. Now, InterCaribbean airways has a fleet of 10 aircraft, 31 captains, first officers and flight attendants and 45 ground support and administrative staff in five Caribbean countries; namely: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and its hub in the Turks and Caicos.This is the report as the company celebrates 22 years in operation. General Manager of the once InterIsland… then Air Turks and Caicos and now InterCaribbean Airways said the company has marked some great moments over the two and some decades including being the first Turks & Caicos airline to operate its own equipment into the United States and Territories, being the first airline to be allowed to operate domestic flights in Jamaica in 50 years of Jamaican independence, being presented in 2014 the Invest Caribbean 2014 Visionary Award and now with launched flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti and launched flights between Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the local scene, InterCaribbean has also upped flights into South Caicos to twice a day. Trevor Sadler said to celebrate the milestone, the company is offering a discount on air travel. A $22 voucher is available when you sign up for it online. You type in ’22YEARS’ – all caps and you have until this Friday February 13th to do it to capitalize on the anniversary savings. The company last month introduced a rewards program, called Cacique Rewards. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, trevor sadler Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Padres to conduct Autism Awareness Night

first_img April 20, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres will conduct Autism Awareness Night at today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park in an effort to raise awareness and support individuals and their families who are affected by autism.Representatives from various autism awareness and sensory inclusive groups will participate in a baseline ceremony and a representative will ring the Mission Bell.A ticket package including a donation to the autism organization Autism Speaks is available at www.padres.com/autism.Autism Speaks seeks to promote solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.Autism Awareness Night comes during World Autism Month. In connection with Autism Awareness Month, Autism Speaks began a public awareness campaign April 2 encouraging parents to have children screened for autism early and seek a diagnosis if necessary.“We are committed to creating a more inclusive world for people with autism, and that starts with early screening and timely intervention so that people with autism can live their fullest lives,” said Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks president and CEO. “There is considerable work to be done in overcoming obstacles that may delay a diagnosis — the first step toward improved future outcomes. With this new campaign, we hope to give families the tools they need to identify early signs, feel empowered to get their children screened and seek support if they need it.”The campaign includes the websites ScreenForAutism.org and DeteccionDeAutismo.org, which have resources for parents.According to an April 2018 report from the Early Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 59 children at the age of 8 were identified with autism spectrum disorder.A report from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention released April 11 found a growing number of 4-year-olds were identified with autism spectrum disorder, increasing from one in 75 in 2010 to one in 59 in 2014, the most recent year studied.“The CDC data for 4-year-olds are an important addition to our understanding of autism prevalence,” said Tom Frazier, Autism Speaks chief science officer. “The estimated prevalence of ASD in 4-year-olds is an underestimate, with many children without an intellectual disability being identified later. These findings suggest that ASD is even more common than indicated by the mostrecent CDC prevalence report for 8-year-olds.”In his proclamation declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, President Donald Trump declared “we must continue to support Americans with ASD” and “the safety of all Americans with ASD is a priority of my administration.”The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, signed into law by Trump on March 23, 2018, included Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2018, which expands the existing federal emergency alert program to include people with ASD and other cognitive disorders who wander from safety.The law also authorizes funding for tracking technologies and specialized training for caregivers to help prevent and respond to instances of wandering.The law was named for two boys diagnosed with autism who wandered away from supervised settings and drowned.“I call upon all Americans to learn more about the signs of autism to improve early diagnosis, understand the challenges faced by individuals with autism and find ways to support those with autism and their families,” Trump wrote in his proclamation. KUSI Newsroom, Padres to conduct Autism Awareness Night Posted: April 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more