Dail hears calls for specific body to deal with Inishowen rivers

first_img Google+ Dail hears calls for specific body to deal with Inishowen rivers Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleProposed timeframe for pipe repair works in Falcarragh ‘unacceptable’Next articleGavin James announces Dublin Show! News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – April 15, 2019 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp The Dail has heard that many water courses in Inishowen which were damaged during the August 2017 floods remain in limbo in terms being cleaned and maintained. The issue is said to fall between two stools as neither the OPW nor Donegal County Council claim responsibility for the upkeep.Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue is calling for a specific body to be set up to deal with the matter:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/charliewghjghjhgjghater1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

5 Best NPS Battlefields for Outdoor Recreation

first_imgHistory and adventure–doesn’t get much better than that, right? We’re lucky that our National Park Service values the preservation of historical sites around the country, and we’ve put together a list of some of the best battlefields and historical sites where you can also get your outdoor adventure on.Kings Mountain National Military ParkBlacksburg, South CarolinaMost of the battles of the Revolutionary War took place in South Carolina, and Kings Mountain National Military Park is known as the location of the “turning point” of the war. In this spot in October 1780, the Patriot militia won the first major victory since the British invasion of Charleston that year. The little park park includes a 1.5-mile battlefield trail and a visitors’ center that holds special events and activities for visitors. It also happens to be less than five miles away from Kings Mountain State Park, which features nearly 40 miles of hiking trails, a lake with boating and fishing access, a playground and picnic shelters. You’ll also find several geocaches in the area if you look hard enough, plus volleyball and basketball courts. kings mountainGuilford Courthouse National Military Park Greensboro, North CarolinaOfficially preserved for public use since 1912, the Guildford Courthouse National Military Park honors the site of a 1781 Revolutionary War battle that is said to have ultimately led to the British surrender seven months later. Activities in the park include colonial reenactments and special events for holidays. Most of the monuments are accessible by car, but if you want to stretch your legs and get some exercise, a roughly three-mile hike through the battlefield will give you access to most of them. And when you’re done soaking up the history, if you still have a hankering for some physical activity, the trail system in the battlefield connects to other trails in Greensboro, so you can process everything you just learned while taking a nice long walk or run.Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 2.13.12 PMHarpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry, West VirginiaWhere the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet, you really get the best of both worlds when it comes to history and adventure. The 4,000-acre park encompases land in West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, and includes a quaint, historic downtown area with restaurants, shops, and museums. The battle of Harpers Ferry during the Civil War was fought September 12-15, 1862 as General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army invaded Maryland. After roaming around the downtown area (particularly the monuments and plaques at the bottom of the hill) taking in all the area’s history, your outdoor recreation options are practically unlimited. Take a bike ride along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, check out the Appalachian Trail (which happens to run right through the area), or visit one of the many nearby outfitters for guided activities like whitewater rafting, tubing, paddleboarding, and ziplining.1912431_784077668298618_6797000723103869706_oChickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park Georgia, TennesseeDedicated in 1895, Chickamauga & Chattahoochee Military Park covers more than 9,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee. The park includes both the Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain Battlefield, both sites of Civil War battles in 1863. The Tennessee River is lined with several monuments and reservations, and other historical sites in the park include Orchard Knob, where General Ulyssess S. Grant directed troops during the Battle of Chattanooga, and Signal Point, where soldiers across the valley signaled to one another using flags to communicate. And if you haven’t checked out the Cumberland Trail yet, you should put that on your list while you’re checking out all the historical sites. The north-south footpath passes through 11 counties in Tennessee and as of the end of 2015, nearly 200 miles were open to the public for hiking. 12933007_1103234376406468_3957267816929296574_nNational Battlefield Park Richmond, VirginiaWhen it comes to American history, we dare you to find a better place to soak it all in than Richmond, Virginia. Historical sites in the park include battlefields like Malvern Hill, Cold Harbor, and Gaines’ Mill, plus a Confederacy hospital and the historic Tredegar Iron Works. A driving tour covers all 13 sites along a route of about 80 miles. And just because you’re in a capital city doesn’t mean you won’t have access to outdoor activities. Near the Richmond National Battlefield Park Civil War Visitor Center is access to Belle Isle, a 540-acre island accessible by a footbridge that runs below the Robert E. Lee Bridge. Take a picnic to enjoy on the island’s rocks, and check out the pedestrian-and-bike-friendly trails and small cliffside for some rock climbing.12909656_10154865996510190_390872134284368789_o[divider]More From BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

Lalam wins Uganda gold at Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgROBERT Nathalie 47.044 34.4612 47.045 Uganda’s team celebrates Lalam’s gold.  Left is official Jacqueline Nakiddu and right, Chelangat. PHOTO VIA @william_blick Lalam  ??  wins javelin gold at Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas  Nassau, Bahamas  | THE INDEPENDENT |  Josephine Lalam Joyce on Saturday threw 51.89 metres to win Uganda her first medal of the 6th Commonwealth Youth Games –  a gold in the javelin.Lalam,16, earlier pulled out of the discuss event to concentrate on the javelin, and the decision worked perfectly, as gold was secured with a throw of 51.89, with silver going to Bowyer Ellie Frances of Australia with a throw of 50.64m.It was however a dissapointing night for the other medal prospect Sarah Chelangat who finished 4th in the 3000m in a time of  9.31.65. The race was won by Emmaculate Chepkirui of Kenya, silver medalist at the same distance last week in the World Under 18 athletics championships in Nairobi where Chelangat came 5th.Chelangat had earlier finished 10th in the final of the girls 1500m at the Youth Games on Thursday.Uganda was represented at the Games by three teenagers – one boy and two girls. 34.3313 Athletics – Halimah Nakaayi  400m goldAthletics – Phillip Kipyeko bronze 3000mAthletics – Zac Kiprotich silver 2000m SCAthletics –  Nancy Cheptegei 3000m silverAthletics –  Nancy cheptgeri 2000m sc silver2008Pune, India – 1 Gold, 4 silverAthletics –  Elvis Ukale silver 400mAthletics –  Alex cherop silver 1500mAthletics –  Moses Kibet gold 5000mAthletics –  Dickson Huru silver 5000mAthletics – Doreen Chesang silver 3000mJAVELIN RESULT RANKBIBNAMERESULT1 37.0011 LALAM Josephine .. SAUNDERS Latia The 3000m race in Nairobi where Chelangat finsihed 5th. PHOTO IAAFGreat Commonwealth history for UgandaUganda has a rich history at the youth level, especially in athletics where the Commonwealth Youth Games have introduced the likes of  Halimah Nakaayi to the big stage. The games were first held in Edinburgh in 2000 with Uganda getting onto the medal scene in a big way in Pune, India in 2008.Commonwealth medals for Uganda2015Apia Samoa – Two Silver, two bronze.Athletics – Peruth Chemutai silver in girls 1500m and 3000mAthletics – Janat Chamutso bronze in girls 1500m and 3000m2011Isle of Man – 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze BOWYER Ellie Fra.. 22.3514 41.148 MOULE Bethany El.. 43.277 37.5210center_img HAYDE Arianna Me.. MATON Nur Ayna N.. 44.736 51.892 ROBERTS Alexandr.. 39.559 50.643 GEORGIOU Loukia SIOSIKEFU Haven .. HOWE Emma NEELAKANDAN Hema.. WALTERS Taylor In Bahamas,  Chelangat and Lalam Joyce were joined by swimmer Atuhaire Ogola Ambala, 16 , who featured in the boys 200m freestyle and breastroke plus the 400m Individual medley races where he did not get out of the preliminaries.Uganda has a rich history in the Commonwealth Youth Games, having won 14 medals in track and field athletics at the last three games in  Samoa in 2015, Isle of Man in 2011 and in Pune India in 2008.More than 1,000 young athletes are taking part in the sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games that started on July 18 and ends today, July 23.Atuhaire Ogola Ambala carrying the national flag at the Commonwealth Youth Games opening ceremony in Bahamas Tuesday nightThe participants, aged between 14 and 18, represented each of the 52 Commonwealth countries (or 70 participating national teams) and will compete in nine sports events over the course of six days.The 2017 Games featured three new sports, beach soccer, judo and beach volleyball whilst dropping archery, lawn bowls, weightlifting, and squash. Cycling will also make a return during these games.UOC and Athletics official Godfrey Nuwagaba and UOC’s Jacqueline Nakiddu are leading the Ugandan team. EDWARDS Maxine 19.14Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Ruffled feathers

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Days before the Ravens/Steelers matchup, the talk was more about the uncertainty concerning whether Ben Roethlisberger would be available to play against Baltimore in light of his “concussion-like” injury. Roethlisberger took the first team snaps in practice for most of the week and then decided to reveal that he would not be playing because of the continuing effects that were possibly related to his injury. For the sake of the team, Roethlisberger could have handled the situation better. No one should be questioned if they decide not to compete because of an injury. Sometimes the doctors can clear you but even they can be wrong. No one knows your body better than you. It is his motives that are in question.center_img If he knew that he was not physically able to perform why did he wait until the last minute? I believe Roethlisberger purposely delayed his decision until the 11th hour to inform Dennis Dixon, a QB who had thrown only one NFL pass in his career, that he was going to have to start in what very may well have been one of the most important games of the season.Flash back to the opening game of 2006 immediately following Roethlisberger’s terrible motorcycle accident. Charlie Batch stood in for him and engineered a fourth quarter comeback that beat the Dolphins 28-17. Batch threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Shortly thereafter Big Ben pleaded to then-Steeler head coach Bill Cowher to be reinstated. We all know the results of that season. They called it a letdown. No Steelers Nation, Big Ben let his team down with his selfishness.Hit rewind back to 2008. The Steelers were playing the Redskins in D.C. last season on Monday night. Big Ben left the game appearing as if he would be lost for at least a game or two after aggravating a previous shoulder injury. Enter former Steelers backup QB Byron Leftwich (now with Tampa Bay). Leftwich came in to throw 7 of 10 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers defeated the Redskins 23-6.I recall Ben that night running back onto the field at the beginning of the second half  expecting to be put back in but Mike Tomlin shocked everyone and allowed Leftwich to complete the game.  Roethlisberger healed very quickly and at that was the end of the Byron Leftwich era in Pittsburgh. Ben will not allow “any” competition to survive in Pittsburgh, none. Roethlisberger thought he was throwing Dennis Dixon under the bus but as Jimi Hendrix would say, Big Ben ended up with “tire tracks across his back.”Roethlisberger has lost the Steelers locker room. I don’t care what they say publicly.  They may toe the company line but Big Big Ben has blown it. When your favorite receiver (Hines Ward) does not adamantly defend you on your decision not to compete then but in a post-game interview is forced to defend his honesty, you know there is a problem. When asked whether Big Ben would have been the difference in the game Ward said, “I don’t know.”After Plaxico Burress departed for the Big Apple, Big Ben publicly lamented that he “[preferred] a taller wide receiver. “That being said, after all the abuse that Ward has suffered in the attempt to pull in many of Roethlisberger’s errant and ill-advised thrown passes, that comment itself was a slap in the face to Ward, who, in regards to the numbers, is the greatest wide receiver in Steeler history. Did Big Ben lobby for the Steelers to draft the now infamous “big” wide receiver Limas Sweed who appears for all intents and purposes to possibly be a second round bust?The powers-that-be have attempted to build a franchise around Roethlisberger, but a general who leaves his soldiers in the middle of a conflict floundering and battle weary is not to be trusted. I have a sneaking suspicion that if the Steelers would have been scheduled to play the Lions or the Browns last Sunday night somehow, someway Roethlisberger would have been out there padding his numbers.Was Big Ben “yellow?” In my opinion he was. I don’t care what anyone else says. Why did he even dress? Was it because the national cameras were rolling? How many stomach churning, vomit inducing television shots were plastered across the television sets of America showing Roethlisberger being benevolent and “coaching” Dixon after Dixon and the offense had returned to the sidelines? Big Ben’s “interference” on the sidelines seemed to be more of a distraction than a help.Someone noted that the Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians had asked Dixon what his favorite 15 plays were. Well, 14 of them should have been quarterback draws. Why would Arians call such a pass play in overtime with Pittsburgh at that point on the field? I will conclude by saying this; “I smell a rat and it surely is not ‘Speedy Gonzales.’last_img read more

Olympia Federal Savings Announces Staff Changes and Promotions

first_imgMelissa KirkebyPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Melissa Kirkeby recently earned her NMLS, so in addition to being the Lacey Branch Manager, she is now a Loan Officer. Melissa started her banking career at Oly Fed in 2004 as an intern and was hired in 2006 as a Lead Customer Service Representative after graduating from Washington State University. Melissa has held many positions since that time and was promoted to Branch Manager in 2016. “Melissa is a very talented and positive force within our organization. This new credential allows Melissa to serve our customers in an even greater capacity,” said Drummond. Facebook179Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsMichelle LordPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Olympia Federal Savings is pleased to announce the followings staff changes and promotions:Michelle Lord has a new role with the organization and is shifting her responsibilities from AVP/Senior Loan Officer to AVP/Loan Underwriter. As loan volumes continue to increase for the organization, Oly Fed found it necessary to add additional personnel to review and approve loans. Michelle began working at Oly Fed in 1982. She’s held many positions over the years and has an in-depth knowledge of the level of service and products offered throughout the bank. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Michelle’s caliber ready and willing to take on this new challenge,” said Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings, President & CEO.Leah BackusPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Leah Backus has been promoted to Senior Loan Officer. In 2011, Leah joined Oly Fed and served as a Customer Service Representative at the Lacey branch. In 2012, she entered the Loan Servicing Department and was promoted to Loan Officer in 2015. “Leah is currently responsible for one of the Association’s highest loan volumes and has definitely earned her new title,” said Drummond.last_img read more

State Authorizes $10M to Study Shared Services

first_imgIf a civil service town and a non-civil service town want to share a department, employees from the non-civil service town would gain civil service rights, even after the agreement ended, he said. Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11) At the moment, New Jersey has 192 towns where employees are covered under the Civil Service Commission, which is in, but operates independently from any super vision or control by, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. A larger chunk, $5.8 million, is earmarked for implementation grants to aid in completing or transitioning toward shared services arrangements and for school consolidation studies. “Whenever there’s an opportunity to create efficiency and some cost savings, I think there’s a willingness,” said Mike Cerra, assistant executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. “Shared services agreements can’t come from a top-down approach, where the state tells individual towns what to do, where to merge, and when to cut,” said state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) in a statement Sept. 25. “With these grants, we can really harness the independent creativity of each town in New Jersey, and use that competition to make sure that this $10 million creates the most possible taxpayer savings for every dollar spent.” The league favors allowing local referendums to give voters a choice to opt their communities out of the system. “We’ve been doing that for years, so I’m glad the state is catching up,” she said. “The only way we’re going to save taxpayer dollars is if we work together.” The funding from the state does not specifically address supporting towns that want to merge with one another. The last major municipal consolidation in New Jersey took place in 2013, when Princeton Borough and Princeton Township officially became one community. New Jersey has 565 municipalities and more than 600 school districts. Some parts of the state are further ahead than others when it comes to sharing services. “As we lead our state towards the stronger and fairer economy that we hope to build together,” Murphy said in a Sept. 25 statement, “it is our administration’s responsibility to provide these communities a platform from which to pursue efficient growth, achieve smart government, and provide relief to local taxpayers.” An initiative included in the program challenges local governments to compete for grants from a $3.1 million fund for impactful local shared services projects. Each county has been allocated $150,000. “Not everyone is in the system, although most of the larger communities are,” he said.center_img “The goal of this whole thing for the challenge grants is to encourage towns, counties, municipal authorities to develop the best plan for their residents,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-11). “Even with the 2-percent property tax cap, too many New Jersey residents can’t afford to live here. And that’s the bottom line.” The Murphy administration will provide $10 million to help towns around the state pursue government shared services and school district consolidation studies to lower New Jersey’s property taxes, among the highest in the nation. The final piece provides $1.05 million for the 21 counties to hire staff as shared service coordinators, intended for public-sector, career-minded young professionals under a fellowship, according to the Murphy administration. The funding comes out to $50,000 per county. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D- 3) has proposed merging hundreds of school districts into K-12 regional districts as par t of a series of steps to improve the state’s fiscal health amid concerns about public employee health benefit and pension costs. By Philip Sean Curran Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) said that when she was a Monmouth County freeholder with current director Thomas A. Arnone, the “county was in the forefront of shared services.” She said the county would share services with towns for everything from snow removal to road repair. During the administration of former Gov. Chris Christie, the state imposed a 2-percent tax cap that governing bodies and school districts have to live under. “And we’re concerned, because if you have overlapping, competing school districts and wasting money, that could be going towards children’s education, not towards like more administration costs,” Downey said. But he said there are “administrative obstacles” to shared services at the local level that the state needs to look at. For example, he cited New Jersey’s Civil Service system. “That’s been an obstacle,” he said, “and potential discussions about agreements have almost not gotten started because there’s almost no way to get around that problem.”last_img read more

ASTON VILLA VS LEICESTER CITY

first_imgVILLA (4-1-4-1)GUZAN, HUTTON, OKORE, LESCOTT, BACUNA, SANCHEZ,WESTWOOD, VERETOUT, GANA, SINCLAIR, AYEWLEICESTER (4-4-2)VARDY, OKAZAKI,MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,DE LAET, FUCHS, MORGAN, SIMPSON,SCHMEICHELLeicester City are now level at the top of the Barclays Premier League with Arsenal after beating Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday thanks to Robert Huth’s late winner at White Hart Lane.It ended their run of three games without a league win, while Huth’s goal was Leicester’s first in 374 minutes.On Tuesday, Aston Villa claimed their first win in the Barclays Premier League in 157 days when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to a goal from central defender Joleon Lescott.It was also Villa’s first Premier League win in 20 attempts, having lost 14 of the previous 19.They remain at the foot of the table and face high-riding Leicester City next.The most common Premier League result between these teams at Villa Park is a draw. In nine clashes, four have been drawn while Villa have won three and Leicester two.When they met at the King Power Stadium in September it was a remarkable game. Villa led 2-0 but Leicester struck three times in the final 18 minutes, with Nathan Dyer stealing an 89th-minute winner.last_img read more

West indies cricket comatose

first_img Better in past days The marauding dominance of the West Indies team in those glory days was hardly due to any stroke of genius or brilliant structures and systems implemented by the board then, compared to what is happening now. In fact, I would venture to say that things are better today for the average regional cricketer than they were back in those glory days. Other social, cultural and cricket dynamics have significantly shifted over the past two decades and have effectively forced West Indies cricket into relative obscurity. Those are not restricted to the ineptitude of successive boards and administrators. I have long argued that the problems of West Indies cricket are complex and multifaceted and at this point I would like to add unsolvable. West Indies cricket will never return to what it used to be. The game of cricket has evolved globally, but it has done so at an even faster rate in the West Indies. The fundamental factor driving the current reality is the shift in the mindset and focus of the young and emerging players in the region. The advent of the fast, frantic and cash-rich T20 version of the game has rendered the longer versions of the game irrelevant and unattractive to the average young cricketer across the region. This is quite understandable, since the players stand to make ton loads more money and become bigger and more celebrated stars if they become swashbuckling T20 experts such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell, instead of seeking to represent a struggling mockery of a Test team that is merely clinging to the remnants of a triumphant past. The future of West Indies cricket lies in the T20 format and nowhere else. The West Indies are just as pathetic and shameless in 50-over cricket as they are in Test cricket. The natural athleticism, speed, strength, agility plus typically short attention span makes the Caribbean cricketer the perfect fit for T20. Only the blind optimists will remain defiant and continue to clutch at the rhetoric-laced emotional straws being offered as a chance of a full West Indies revival. The hard, cold fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket remains in a serious coma gasping for its last breath, with the life support machine being fuelled by the much-maligned Twenty20 cricket. ONE of my colleagues said in a commentary last week that the West Indies Cricket Board is sleeping. Upon hearing that pronouncement, I contacted him immediately, telling him it was worse. It is not just that the board is sleeping; West Indies cricket itself is in a coma. This conversation took place even before the regional team bowed and slumped to another predictable and pathetic innings defeat in the first Test match on the current tour of Sri Lanka. Blaming a sleeping WICB for the continuous deterioration of our cricket is an easy way out, within which lies a covert denial of the actual gravity of the situation. Many Caribbean fans continue to profess unconditional support for the West Indies team. Again, an attitude buried in a deep-seated denial of the rapid whittling away of the West Indies team and the very institution of West Indies cricket as we once knew it. The many clichÈd rants about returning to the glory days and turning the corner are basically ‘pie in the sky’ dreams based on emotionalism, blind loyalty, and patriotism without any semblance of appreciation for the reality. While the administrators of the regional board provide an easy punching bag for the state of our cricket, my retort to that is that the competence of our administrators is in no way significantly worse today than it was in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.last_img read more

AAAS President Rails Against ID

first_imgAlan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of Science, wrote an editorial asking “Why are scientists so upset about the growing movement to bring ‘intelligent design’ (ID) into science classrooms and public education venues such as science museums, zoos, and theme parks?”  He took the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Scopes trial to arouse readers of the journal to oppose the movement.1The problem is that ID advocates attempt to dress up religious beliefs to make them look like science.  By redefining what is and isn’t science, they also put the public—particularly young people—at risk of being inadequately prepared to live in modern society.  Twenty-first-century citizens are regularly required to make decisions about issues that have heavy science- and technology-related content, such as medical care, personal security, shopping choices, and what their children should be taught in school.  To make those choices wisely, they will need to distinguish science-based evidence from pseudoscientific claims.    There is an important distinction between a belief and a theory.  ID is cast by its proponents as a scientific theory, an alternative to evolution, but it fails the criteria for achieving that status.  In our business, a theory is not an educated guess nor, emphatically, is it a belief.  Scientific theories attempt to explain what can be observed, and it is essential that they be testable by repeatable observations and experimentation.  In fact, “belief” is a word you almost never hear in science.  We do not believe theories.  We accept or reject them based on their ability to explain natural phenomena, and they must be testable with scientific methodologies. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He repeats several talking points of the anti-ID position: (1) evolution is just as much a theory as gravity, (2) evolutionary does not attempt to answer the religious questions of whether God was behind evolution, “because it is a matter of belief that is outside our realm,” and (3) ID can rightfully be taught in humanities or philosophy courses but not in the science class; “Redefining science to get a particular belief into the classroom simply isn’t educationally sound,” he says.Just as the scientific community has broad responsibilities to monitor the integrity with which its members conduct their work, it also must take some responsibility for the uses of science and for how it is portrayed to the public.  That requires us to be clear about what science is and to distinguish clearly between scientific and belief systems, in schools and in various public venues devoted to science.  Otherwise, we will fail in our obligation to our fellow citizens and to the successor generations of students who will depend on science for their future.1Alan Leshner, “Redefining Science,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5732, 221, 8 July 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1116621].So he is a naive positivist.  Sad.  That the president of the AAAS would have so little understanding of history and philosophy of science is pathetic.  He doesn’t even realize that he just disqualified Darwinism by his own criteria of science.  Clearly evolutionary theory involves heavy doses of belief, while ID entails sound scientific practices similar to those used in cryptography and archaeology.  Evolution is neither testable nor repeatable, yet is maintained with such tenacity that any observation, no matter how contrary, becomes retroactively forced into the belief system.  And who is Leshner to teach about wisdom, responsibility and integrity?  Did those moral qualities evolve, too?  If so, they are without foundation; if not, he has conceded the existence of moral absolutes, and by extension, a moral Lawgiver.    All his propaganda tactics and fallacies are explained in the Baloney Detector (see especially either-or fallacy, association, equivocation and bluffing).  Leshner should become a political speechwriter where his skills would be more appropriate.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The return of the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program

first_imgNadina Taylor, a trustee of the Charles Taylor Foundation and daughter of the late Charles Taylor, is a strong champion of the program. “We’ve seen what a huge impact the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award can have on a writer’s career and wanted to amplify that effect with this opportunity – to help prepare these talented writers for the complex and competitive world of writing and publishing.”“At RBC Wealth Management, we believe it is important to identify, nurture and support the next generation of Canadian talent and to provide writers in the early stages of their career with mentorship opportunities that will help them succeed in the professional world,” said Vijay Parmar, President of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel.Helen Knott of Fort St. John is one of the five “emergent” writers who have an existing body of work, and a non-fiction manuscript close to completion. The participants will correspond with their mentors prior to travelling to Toronto for the Prize weekend, Feb 28 through March 4th. When the participants meet with their mentors, they will participate in an intensive day of professional development, accompany their mentors through media and events, and participate in the Awards Luncheon on Monday, March 4th.Helen Knott — University of Northern British Columbia Knott is of Dane Zaa, Nehiyaw, and mixed Euro descent from Prophet River First Nations, living in Fort St. John, BC. She has published short stories and poetry in the Malahat Review, Red Rising Magazine, through CBC Arts, the Surviving Canada Anthology, alongside other publications and poetry video productions. In 2017, Helen was a recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. In 2016, she was one of sixteen women featured globally by the Nobel Women’s Initiative for her commitment to ending gender-based violence and activism. Her first book, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Struggle and Resilience, will be released in August 2019. She is currently writing an Indigenous female manifesto entitled, Taking Back the Bones, where a personal narrative is interwoven with humour, academic research and critical reflection.The RBC Taylor Prize was established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2018 marks the seventeenth year of awarding the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize is awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception. All finalists receive $5,000, and the winner receives a further $25,000. All authors are presented with a custom leather-bound version of their shortlisted book at the award ceremony. All finalists receive promotional support for their nominated titles.The four other participants of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Mentorship Program are; TORONTO, ONT – The RBC Taylor Prize and the RBC Foundation announced the return of this professional development program, that is aimed to support the next generation of Canadian writers.The program pairs five emerging writers, selected from the nation’s writing programs, with the finalists for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. The award honours and celebrates the pursuit of excellence in literary non-fiction.The program is curated by Joe Kertes, Dean Emeritus of the Humber College School of Creative Arts & Performance in Toronto. The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are; Vijay Parmar, David Staines, Edward Taylor, Nadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor. The Prize Manager is Sheila Kay.center_img Becky Blake — University of Guelph Blake won the CBC Nonfiction Prize in 2017 and the CBC Short Story Prize in 2013. She is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Guelph, and her work has appeared in journals, magazines, and newspapers across Canada. Her debut novel, Proof I Was Here, is forthcoming from Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books in May 2019. She currently lives in Toronto where she is working on a memoir-in-essays called Everything I’m About to Say Is a Lie. The title refers to the recommended way to answer a phone that’s been tapped (as Blake’s once was). Her memoir draws on this and other experiences ranging from the criminal to the comical as she examines the singular power of a true story and the license we sometimes take to tell one.Kirk Angus Johnson — University of King’s College / Dalhousie Johnson is of both Metis and African ancestry. After graduating from Acadia University and an early career in theatre, he attended Concordia University in Montreal to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. In keeping with the military traditions within his family, Johnson enrolled in the Canadian Forces as an Infantry Officer and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010. Now released from the military, Johnson is returning to a career in writing. He resides in Three Mile Plains, NS, his childhood home, and is in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at University of King’s College in Halifax. Some Kind of Hero is a compelling account of the circumstances leading to Afghan vet Lionel Desmond’s tragic 2017 murder/suicide, and the lessons we need to learn from it.Miles Steyn — University of Victoria Steyn was born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and raised in Vancouver. His creative nonfiction has appeared in Existere, The Xanadu Anthology, Unsubscribe Magazine, Gold Literary Magazine, and his essay “Wire to the Sky” was short-listed for EVENT Magazine‘s Creative Nonfiction Contest. In 2018, Steyn’s essay “From Clay” was long-listed for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Expanding on the earlier essay, Wire to the Sky, Steyn’s first book of nonfiction is a genre-bending memoir, told through letters from a brother to his late sister, about race, nationality, and the loss of family.Joshua Whitehead — University of Calgary Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Indigenous literature and cultures at the University of Calgary. In 2016, his poem “mihkokwaniy” won Canada’s History Award for Aboriginal Arts and Stories (for writers aged 19–29), which included a residency at the Banff Centre. His 2018 novel, Jonny Appleseed, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His non-fiction book, Making Love with The Land, is a braid of forms that ruminates on topics such as Indigeneity, queerness, mental health, body dysmorphia, and chronic pain through a variety of literary forms, including horror, speculative fiction, poetry, and confession.last_img read more