first_imgI am at last eligible for a government grant. After all, if illegal immigrants are being given a free flight home and £4,000 to start up a business, I think I must be eligible, as I will explain. And I do not intend leaving the country, so I will not even cost the government the airfare.So how do I qualify? Well, according to family legend, way back in time, a large Scotsman came over the border on a rape-and-pillage raid. He was either a) very clever and brave or b) rather stupid and kept going too far, so he missed England and ended up in Wales, where he met a beautiful Welsh lady called Phillips. And here am I, the fruit of their loins.True, there are a few generations between us, but I feel sure my Scottish forefather did not enter England with any of the appropriate papers. So the only reason I can surmise as to why I have never succeeded in obtaining a grant is because I did not come over in the back of a lorry.While I try to be reasonably law-abiding, it always feels as if I am being punished for behaving lawfully; while if I break the law, there is a whole army of do-gooders out there waiting to make excuses for me and steal your tax money to give me in large dollops. The old saying used to be ’Crime does not pay’. But our politicians have already proved that to be a load of rubbish; incompetence and corruption appear to reign in all public walks of life.We businessmen, I am convinced, are the only remaining upright honest citizens – or should I say slaves – left in the system. Should we behave as our so-called peers behave, our customers would leave us in droves and we would be bankrupt within weeks.It may be quaint, but we have to deliver what we promise our customers or they would go, and there would be about 100 useless bureaucrats descending on us, fining us for every conceivable error they could find, as well as inventing some new statute to fine us for.Once upon a time, there was a pact with governments; they provided a police force to protect us and we, in return, were not allowed to take the law into our own hands. Except during my National Service, I have never fired a gun; they are far too noisy. Yet I am increasingly leaning towards the American view that my home is my castle and, if a number of large louts are attempting to burglarise and harm me and my family, a gun would be far preferable to some crazy expectation that the police might come to my aid.Reading the papers, however, it would seem that if I shouted racial remarks at the police, they would arrive in force and quicker. Although that may be anecdotal, I fear it is more likely true.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the bedrooms.Over the years they added a quarter sized basketball court, a firepit, airconditioning, solar power and a back deck — which is Ms Stark’s favourite area.“Looking out into the surrounding bushland, you can just lose yourself,” she said.“It’s just so tranquil with all the beautiful birdlife and animals around.“There’s also no better place than sitting by the fireplace, looking back up toward the house and the property.“It’s just stunning.”Ms Stark was sad to leave but needed to move closer to family.“Our heart and souls is here and we’re very connected to the land, but it’s time for new people to enjoy it.” Looking up toward the house from the fire pit is one of Ms Stark’s favourite areas. The Cape Cod style cottage at 42 Banmore Court, Dayboro, is for sale.A LIQUID amber tree lined driveway added to the ambience of what would become Jacinta Stark and her partner’s fairytale dream home.At the end of the driveway was a two-level Cape Cod style cottage that would become their primary place of residence for the seven years that would follow.center_img Check out those ceilings!“As soon as we walked in we fell in love with the place,” Ms Stark said.“The surrounding bushland could never be built in, which was a real drawcard.“We had a private sanctuary and the liquid amber lined driveway was pretty appealing.”Ms Stark said they were also attracted to the architecture of the home, at 42 Banmore Court, Dayboro.“The house itself has exposed beams and high ceilings,” she said.“It allowed nature to come inside the house.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen is a decent size.The couple were not from the area, but moved for a tree change, a fact their friends had keenly taken advantage of.“There’s barely been a weekend friends and family haven’t used this as a bed and breakfast as an escape to the country.”last_img read more

first_imgNormally teeming downtown Harare was deserted as soldiers and police patrolled the streets and manned checkpoints. Most people appeared to be staying indoors after security forces on Thursday drove people out of the city and forced businesses to close. The southern African country had gradually relaxed its virus lockdown to allow for some commercial activity, but it continues to ban protests as part of lockdown rules. Armed soldiers patrol a street in Harare, Friday, July, 31, 2020. Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, was deserted yesterday as security agents vigorously enforced the country’s lockdown amidst planned protests. AP HARARE, Zimbabwe – Streets were empty in Zimbabwe’s cities and towns on Friday as the military and police kept a strong presence to thwart an anti-government protest and enforce a coronavirus lockdown. Tensions are rising in Zimbabwe as the economy implodes. Inflation is more than 700%, the second highest in the world. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has described the planned protest as “an insurrection to overthrow our democratically elected government.” He warned that security agents “will be vigilant and on high alert.” Organizers say demonstrators originally planned to protest alleged government corruption but are now targeting the ruling political party, ZANU-PF. Anti-government protests in Zimbabwe in 2018 and 2019 resulted in the killing of several people, allegedly by the military. The pandemic has brought a new layer of suffering. (AP)last_img read more

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Warriors’ most unassuming star maintained it would not bother him if he missed the NBA All-Star game in five years. After all, Klay Thompson could either relax on a beach or catch up with his beloved dog, Rocco.Deep down, though, Thompson did not want to spend All-Star weekend that way. He wanted to stay in the gym. He did not want two shooting slumps this season to define him. He wanted to still be …last_img

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Who saved the Ebola-stricken doctor, God or science?  What is science’s take on whether to flee or fight terrorism?  Why should a scientist be honest?When scientists report news that intersects religion, they sometimes don’t know how to frame the questions.  Some examples point out the issues involved.Who saved Nancy Writebol?  Live Science reported the testimony of Nancy Writebol, the humanitarian worker stricken with Ebola in west Africa who survived when flown for treatment to Atlanta’s well-equipped hospital.  They quoted her own feelings about her recovery:“I just want to express first of all my appreciation to the lord [sic, Lord] for his grace, for his mercy, and for his saving of my life,” Writebol said.An earlier article on Live Science headlined that Dr. Kent Brantley, the other Ebola survivor flown to the Emory hospital from Africa, said “God saved my life.”  It was a “miraculous day,” he felt, when he walked out of the hospital after surviving the deadly disease.These articles led to lively comments about what saved them: God, medicine, or luck.  So far, about 1,700 Africans did not survive the disease, and only time will tell if Dr. Rick Sacra, at the time of this writing being flown to a hospital in Nebraska, survives.Maybe it’s not a question of which cause was the effective cause, but which combination of causes.  Writebol said,“I’m often asked what saved me,” Writebol said. “Was it the ZMapp, was it the supportive care? Was it the Liberian or U.S. medical people? Or was it your faith? And my answer to that question is all of the above.“Suffer or fight?  National Geographic reported on the quandary of Christians in Iraq deciding whether to fight the Islamic terrorists who threaten to exterminate them.  Having already suffered genocide-scale losses in their homeland (a Christian base for at least 1,600 years), they are opting to join forces with the Kurds:The Peshmerga are the official forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government [with whom some Christians are joining]. It is the first such action by Iraqi Christians since some Christians fought briefly alongside the Kurds against Saddam Hussein….“We keep talking about Jesus and peace, and now we’ve reached the point where it’s not enough,” he [Henry Sarkis, spokesman for the Assyrian Patriotic Party] said in an interview at his party’s headquarters in Dahuk. “The age of waiting for the Peshmerga to take back territory while we sit is over. We took the decision that, with our limited abilities, we will try to participate.“The decision marks a “significant shift” in the thinking of Iraqi Christians, who have largely been seen as “passive victims” of Islamic aggression since attacks against them starting increasing in 2003.  They want to be seen not as aggressors, but as protectors of their homeland.  “Before 2003, Iraq held about 1.5 million Christians. The number today is fewer than 500,000,” the article mentions.The value of Dad:  In “Dad is important for his children’s development,” Science Daily reports that “A sensitive and attentive father has a positive influence on his child’s development” — a headline that would agree with the Biblical view of the family.  But then the article qualifies the agreement, saying, “but only if he spends a considerable amount of time with the child during its first year, research shows.”  Does that mean his influence stops on the first birthday?  Is Dad free to leave after that?The Bible commands parents to bring up their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  Fathers clearly have a vital role throughout their children’s life, even into adulthood, in both Jewish and Christian Scriptures; the book of Proverbs, for instance, contains lengthy admonitions from fathers to sons about illicit sex, something that would only be appropriate for sons in puberty years.  How could science say otherwise?  Does science even understand what is obvious to most parents?  One of the “researchers” said, “I was very surprised to find gender differences at such an early stage.”Does science “get” human exceptionalism?  Michael Balter in Science Now talks about the amazing fact that “Humans are generally highly cooperative and often impressively altruistic, quicker than any other animal species to help out strangers in need.”  He tries, though, to show that this behavior has roots in animal ancestry, rooting human altruism in things like “cooperative breeding” (or “it takes a village”) observed in some animals and birds.  He points to experiments with monkeys that appeared to show a relationship between cooperative breeding and willingness to help another monkey obtain food, but admits, “cooperative breeding may be only one of a number of explanations for why humans evolved altruistic, highly cooperative behavior.”  Another anthropologist cautioned that “it was not just one magic factor like cooperative breeding that made us what we are.”  Sarah Hrdy, inventor of the cooperative breeding hypothesis in the 1990s, though appreciating the new experiments, admits she is still at a loss to explain human uniqueness: “But we still have a long ways to go to explain why humans are so interested in the thoughts and feelings, intentions, and needs and desires of others.”When did it start?  Occasionally there are suggestions that human ancestors possessed “cognitive skills” farther back than previously thought.  One study presented in Science Daily suggested that the manufacture of stone-tipped spears by members of Homo some 500,000 years ago (long before modern humans or even Neanderthals were thought to have appeared) “may represent the origin of new cognitive and social development in our human ancestors.”  What kind of mutation would cause that?  Another highly-publicized finding suggests that Neanderthals had art (e.g., see BBC News for story and photo).  Clive Finlayson’s team found etchings on the floor of a Gibraltar cave that appear to show aesthetic leanings thousands of years before alleged “modern humans” could have taught them cave art classes.Thank science?  Can there be a science of gratitude?  Medical Xpress reports on a study that found that saying “thank you” goes beyond friendliness or appreciation; it “facilitates the initiation of new relationships among previously unacquainted people.”  That, however appears to be selfishness rather than genuine gratitude.  Can a scientist say anything beyond observing whether the mechanical saying of “thank you” results in differences in relationships?  How would those traits be encoded in the genes of gametes?Mend the mind:  Another report in Medical Xpress reports that “mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits.”  What is it? “Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a structured form of psychotherapy that combines elements of cognitive-behaviour therapy with mindfulness meditation,” the article says.  It’s usually administered in groups, and involves talking with patients as if you care for them, or prescribing meditation, rather than prescribing drugs, for instance.   This kind of therapy presupposes that minds are real, as opposed to the materialist view that behavior is just a phenomenon of the material brain.  While the results are interesting for acknowledging “mindfulness,” did the researchers ever consider sharing God’s grace and mercy as presented in the gospel of Christ with the depressed?  How would that rate?  How could it be measured?Thou shalt not lie in the lab:  Nature had two articles about the importance of integrity for science.  One was titled, “The cost of misconduct.”  Another, “Lies have consequences.”  Here’s the world’s premiere science journal getting a little “preachy” to its constituents.  Does science need any other of the Ten Commandments to function?  How about “Thou shalt not covet” thy neighbor’s priority or Nobel Prize?  or “Thou shalt not steal” thy colleague’s data?  What mutation built those behaviors into the hominid brain?Science needs all the commandments, starting with “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  Boot the Darwin idol out the temple of science; let God be true, but every man a liar.  Theology doesn’t need science; science needs theology.  Science is actually intended to be a subset of the human responsibility as stewards of God’s creation.  That’s because stewardship requires understanding the natural world so as to care for it effectively to the glory of God.  Since the understanding was darkened by the Fall, it is corrupt in its motivations and goals, even though secular scientists bump into the truth once in awhile.  Without conscience and the image of God, humans would be dumb brutes caring nothing about understanding.  Science was born out of a Judeo-Christian world view, is coasting along on that world view, but is rapidly becoming brutish again as man relies on his own understanding.  One cannot get integrity out of material forces or unguided natural processes.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s Kolt, Matt, and Dale this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Matt sat down with Bill & Susan Shultz, the 2019 Master Shepherds of the year. Dave Russell sent back some audio with Jenna Beadle who is the Director of State Policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He also caught up with Jordan Hoewischer, also from Ohio Farm Bureau. Lastly, Dale visited with Tony Repeta from Franklin Equipment about their upcoming auction.last_img

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Teens aren’t simply signing up for a Facebook account, of course. The data show that teens rely upon Facebook in numbers radically higher than any other social media platform, including Twitter. Note also that Google’s much promoted Google Plus registers at only 1% as teens’ preferred choice.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Such statements were based less on Pew’s actual survey data, however, and more on cherry-picking responses from Pew’s supplemental focus group sessions. In particular, the media chose to focus their attention on two very small open-ended online discussions that Pew conducted: one with 11 middle schoolers and the other with nine high schoolers. Here are the facts: nearly every teen in the U.S. is online and the vast majority of them are on Facebook – first and foremost. Nothing else is close. Indeed, the very same teen focus group complaints likely only reveal the pre-eminence of Facebook in teenager’s lives.  What Are You Doing? Nothing.Fully 95% of American teens are online and of those who use any form of social media, an incredible 94% have a Facebook account – a slight increase from 93% in 2011. This is not to suggest that Facebook cannot be disrupted nor displaced. Nor that teens are sublimely happy with all aspects of the platform. Rather, that significant chunks of their online identity, friendships, and socialization activities are inextricably tied up with Facebook. They are not leaving.A recent article in Huffington Post captures the relationship teens have with Facebook – unlike so many other social media services:“I’ll wake up in the morning and go on Facebook just… because,” [fourteen-year-old] Casey Schwartz says. “It’s not like I want to or I don’t. I just go on it. I’m, like, forced to. I don’t know why. I need to. Facebook takes up my whole life.” Teens may have a complicated, trying relationship with Facebook, but do not expect them to leave the service – or limit their use. For teens, Facebook is not only a destination, but a way of life.Lead image courtesy of Reuters.Survey methodology. brian s hall Tags:#Facebook#Mark Zuckerberg center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Don’t believe the hype. Teens are not abandoning Facebook – nor are they likely to leave anytime soon.Like the once bittersweet, respectful and sometimes resentful interactions between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, so is the prickly, contentious and mutually beneficial relationship between teens and Facebook. It’s complicated, yes, but teens and Facebook – despite what you’ve heard – are practically joined at the hip.  I Hate You! I Hate You! Can I Borrow the Car?Facebook would be wise not to ignore teen’s complaints regarding the service – complaints that span peer pressure, image, prying parents, privacy settings, advertising and access. Nonetheless, for teens, Facebook has become a pillar of daily life, like school and parents.A recent Pew Research report on teens and social media launched the blogosphere into a giddy, frenzied panic. Teens are “abandoning” Facebook, several sites claimed. This is false – likely the result of a limited reading of the report’s data and a too-eager willingness to parrot an Associated Press report which stated that “teens are migrating to Twitter.”Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook.   Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification I’m In ChargeTwo primary reasons many analysts claim teens will abandon Facebook is because of the site’s confusing privacy policies and, possibly more concerning, the fact that teens’ parents can see everything they post. In fact, neither of these are much of a concern.Pew’s data shows that nearly 90% of teens say Facebook’s privacy settings are either “not difficult at all” to manage or “not too difficult.” A surprisingly high 61% of teens have reviewed their Facebook privacy settings within the prior month of the survey – and nearly 80% of teens within the prior year.Turns out, the granularity of Facebook controls are welcome. For example, 60% of teens keep their Facebook profile “private” – restricted to approved friends and family access. Further, only 16% choose to have their location automatically included in their updates. Teens are in control of their Facebook profile. Twitter, by contrast, is more likely to be viewed as fully “public” by teens. With respect to mom and dad seeing what’s on their profile, that also isn’t much of a concern. Only 5% of teens “limit what their parents can see” on Facebook.The vast majority of teen Facebook users say that their parents and other adults see the same content and updates that all of their friends see, suggesting that having multiple Facebook accounts is not a common practice.  Everybody’s Doing ItThe average number of friends for teens on Facebook is 425 – compared to 171 “followers” on Twitter. Teens are not likely to abandon these relationships – in part or en masse. There is simply no bigger, better or more robust alternative to Facebook. There is also a mutually beneficial “network effect” for teens on Facebook – that spurs social media across the web. Approximately three-quarters of teens surveyed have 150 or more friends in their Facebook network, and 20% have over 600 friends.A close reading of the data reveals that the more friends a teen has on Facebook, the more their overall online social activity increases – across all social media sites, not just Facebook. No doubt, Facebook is seeking new methods of tracking and monetizing this enabling activity.  Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgD'Angelo Russell's shot clark vs. Arizona is ugly.Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year. “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied. The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of great defenders in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell. Those defenders gave Russell trouble Saturday evening, as he shot a dreadful 3-for-19 from the field in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wildcats. Russell refused to give a specific Arizona player credit following the win, though. Just asked Russell who the best defender he’s faced this year: “Nobody.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) March 22, 2015That’s obviously a bit of sour grapes from the star freshman, but he deserves to be a little frustrated following what probably is going to be his final game as a college player. Ohio State fans are certainly going to miss him.last_img read more

first_img(Mi’kmaq chiefs gather for Nova Scotia Treaty Day. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN) Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsA legal brief submitted on behalf of the province of Nova Scotia denies treaty rights and labels the Mi’kmaq as conquered peoples.“To suggest that we are ‘conquered’ is a racist taunt,” wrote Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade in a media release. “At its worst, it has been used against Indigenous Canadians to perpetuate or justify a state of inferior legal, social or socio-economic conditions.”The brief is part of a court case centred on consultation with the Sipekne’Katik Band over a natural gas storage project. The band asked for a judicial review of the provincial permits that approved the Alton Gas project.But a court case about whether the Crown meaningfully consulted with one band over a particular project, has brought up what many are calling offensive arguments about treaty rights that extend to all Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia.Alex Cameron, legal counsel for the province’s Department of Justice spent several pages of the submission arguing that the Treaty of 1752 is void, as it was “terminated by subsequent hostilities.” Cameron goes on to point out that the Supreme Court of Canada “wrongly decided” the Marshall Decision, which upheld the Mi’kmaq Treaty right to hunt, fish and gather.“Is this the best the Crown can offer? His position is a betrayal of the province’s commitment to reconciliation,” said Gloade.Cheryl Maloney, a former band councillor for Sipekne’Katik, led the fight against Alton Gas and sat in court, listening to Cameron’s arguments.“I think it’s dishonourable not only to Aboriginal people,” said Maloney, “but it’s a real dishonour to Nova Scotians when we’re in an era of trying to reconcile our past.”Every October 1, for 30 years, the Mi’kmaq have gathered with provincial leaders in Halifax to celebrate and honour the Treaty of 1752.Walking out of the courtroom on the Alton Gas case, however, Maloney was left wondering if the province even thinks the treaty exists.“We now know what kind of province, what kind of government we’re dealing with,” she said. “They showed their true colours.”In 2009 Cameron wrote a book, Power without Law, which was highly critical of the Marshall decision. At the time, the Nova Scotia chiefs asked the province to prohibit Cameron from working on cases tied to Mi’kmaq issues. That didn’t happen.Mi’kmaq lawyer Naiomi Metallic said Cameron is “clearly biased. He has a very particular agenda and this is the question I wonder; is it more him that’s driving this bus?”She pointed out that there had to be oversight on a document filed in a court of law on behalf of the attorney general of Nova Scotia. And that has her asking what it says about the province and what that might mean for relations with the Mi’kmaq.“Why is he making an argument about Mi’kmaq being conquered?” she asks. “No one is going to accept that and it just really shatters the relationship or has the potential to.”The Nova Scotia Chiefs have been at the negotiating table since 2002, working out how to implement the treaties in a modern context.Eric Zscheile is a lawyer for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chief’s negotiating body, Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative, or as it’s called in Mi’kmaq, Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn. He was also the legal counsel for the Mi’kmaq when Donald Marshall was charged with catching and selling eels; the case that was victorious at the Supreme Court in 1999.Hearing Cameron’s arguments around treaty rights in 2016, Zscheile shakes his head.“How do you react to that? And do you get pulled down the rabbit hole of getting involved in that dynamic again? I argued with all of those things decades ago,” said Zscheile. “As far I’m concerned the Supreme Court has already answered it.”He said the legal argument seems at odds with the political point of view he sees at the negotiation and tripartite tables.“Unlike what Alex Cameron says, we have two governments that are willing to sit down and say yes, we need to recognize those treaties, we need to recognize them as valid. We need to recognize them as legal and constitutional,” said Zscheile.And the premier of Nova Scotia agrees.On Thursday, Stephen McNeil sat down for an interview with APTN wanting to clarify the government position.“Mi’kmaq have traditional rights in this province, determined by treaties and we have an obligation and a duty to consult,” said McNeil.The premier, who is also minister for Aboriginal Affairs, said he had not read the brief before it was presented in court, and then it was too late to take it back.McNeil called the arguments questioning the validity of treaty rights “unacceptable” and said he understands the angry reaction from Mi’kmaq.“I’m not happy, not just as the minister, but as the premier that that position was put forward in the court,” said McNeil.“Disappointed would be a huge understatement. To say that I was furious would probably be more accurate.”The premier is putting distance between Cameron’s take on the treaties and his own.But he acknowledges, “I’m going to wear this. We as a government are wearing this. No matter who put it forward, somebody in government should’ve been signing off on this.”McNeil is already looking into how that happened. In the meantime, he’s doing damage control.“My hope is that the chiefs and the Mi’kmaq community will understand it is not a reflection of who I am, and who our government is,” said McNeil.The premier said he has not read Cameron’s book. He can’t say whether Alex Cameron will be removed from cases involving the Mi’kmaq.“I take this issue very seriously and we will be looking into it to see what is the proper course of correction,” he [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20.The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax.Swoop will add six weekly flights between Hamilton and Edmonton and between Hamilton and Winnipeg on June 25.Service between Abbotsford and Edmonton will begin July 25 with three flights a day. The airline will have a total of 45 weekly flights.WestJet announced plans for the no-frills discount airline last year.last_img