St James brush aside Irwin in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:St James High defeated Irwin High 4-1 at Jarrett Park yesterday to join Cornwall College on three points in Group A of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, setting up a tantalising clash this Saturday between the teams.The two are highly fancied to advance from the group that also features Green Pond High.Irwin offered little by way of attacking thrust and fell behind in the 20th minute via a tap-in from Akeem Campbell at the far post for a 1-0 lead.Coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, St James – champions in 2008 – started brightly and should have doubled the lead two minutes later, but Oshane Powell missed the target with Irwin’s second-string goalkeeper out of position.With Cornwall College setting the standard early in this group, it was up to St James to stamp their class on this Irwin side, and they upped the tempo to double the lead in the 44th minute through Powell’s strike.They went up 3-0 at the 65th minute when substitute Roderick ‘Chicken’ Haughton scrambled the ball over the goal line.St James’ fourth was a beauty. Ronaldo McLeish danced his way past a defender then struck a low shot past the keeper at the near post in the 72nd minute.As in their match against Cornwall on Saturday, Irwin grabbed a consolation goal, when Sachin Wilmot scored from just inside the clean execution”It is good to have started with a win, which puts us in a share of the lead in the group,” Whitmore said.”It wasn’t a clean execution from my players, but it’s our first game, and now we must shift focus to Saturday’s clash with Cornwall College. We will be preparing for that match with a purpose,” Whitmore added.In the lone Group I game yesterday, Daniel Green and Alain Black netted to give Marcus Garvey Technical a 2-0 win over Browns Town – their second victory in a row. They now lead the group on six points, following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ocho Rios. Marcus Garvey next tackle York Castle on Saturday.last_img read more

Catcher Chris Herrmann makes grand entrance to Oakland A’s lineup

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — Chris Herrmann needed just two at-bats to make an impression on his Oakland A’s teammates.The catcher, following a 60-day IL stint to begin his first year with the A’s, had an Oakland debut to remember, mashing a go-ahead grand slam off All-Star Minnesota Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi to boost the A’s to an 8-6 win on Tuesday night.Herrmann’s slam came on a 1-1 fastball, effectively booting Odorizzi out of …last_img

Jordanian Teacher Indoctrinates Muslims in Darwinism

first_img(Visited 176 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An observant Muslim teacher in a hijab tries to help her biology students become “free thinkers” – how? By teaching them Darwinian evolution.In Nature, Rana Dajani appears in a photo with her head covering on to explain “Why I teach evolution to Muslim students.” For most of her students, this is the first time they have seen an observant Muslim “citing Charles Darwin as a scientist who contributed to our understanding of the emergence and diversification of life on Earth.” Why does she do it? Her motivations are admirable: promoting free thinking.I teach evolution to university students in Jordan. Almost all of them are hostile to the idea at first. Their schoolteachers are likely to have ignored or glossed over it. Still, most students are willing to discuss evolution, and by the end of the course, the majority accept the idea. If Muslim students can challenge ideas on such a controversial academic topic, then they can also approach other aspects of their lives by questioning — and not just blindly accepting — the status quo. These tools and attitudes are crucial to the development of their personalities and to becoming responsible citizens.She lets wary Muslim students know that she is not teaching against Islam. Muslim scholars, she says, agreed with the principle that science and the Prophet were not in conflict. Bad attitudes were brought in by Christian creationists:Muslim scholars such as Hussein al-Jisr and Ahmad Medhat in the 1880s supported evolution. Before Darwin, al-Jahiz and others proposed rudimentary evolutionary theories in the ninth century. I point out that the apparent controversy over evolution and Islam arose only in the twentieth century, when Darwin’s ideas became associated with colonialism, imperialism, the West, atheism, materialism and racism. Muslim religious scholars gradually took a stand against evolution, which the public adopted. The scholars used Christian creationist arguments to support their stance, transferring the Western war between science and religion to Islam.Yet her version of evolution leaves very little active role for any conceivable Creator to play. One might call it “Muslim deism” —Some of my students argue that to accept evolution means denying the existence of God. I say that evolution does not discuss the origins of the Universe. No one yet understands this beginning. To me, the beginning was God. After the beginning, the rules of logic and science led to the development of the Universe and beyond….My take, as a Muslim scientist, is that the Koran asks humans to observe and contemplate the world while celebrating the pursuit of knowledge. It does not validate scientific findings. Science allows us to question and discover how the world works and the Koran provides the moral guidelines for doing so. If an apparent contradiction arises between a scientific finding and an interpretation of the Koran, then we can turn to both science itself (which is evolving) and the interpretation of the Koran (which is not impartial, because it is a human exercise) to account for the discrepancy. This is an ongoing and fluid process, and is part and parcel of the purpose of life for Muslims.Dajani says she does not try to force these teachings on any of the students, even if they deny human evolution. She doesn’t want to be guilty of “doing what the people who decry evolution are doing: forcing an opinion on them.” She just wants them to be able to “develop a rational methodology for assessing the natural world and to come up with their own opinions, hypotheses and theories and not to copy others.”This is actually a good idea. But like a half-truth, it leaves out something important that makes all the difference: giving students both the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian evolution. Students need to know about Darwin. You can’t make sense of the Holocaust, the world wars and their genocides, and the devaluation of human life without it. But if Dajani is giving a whitewashed version of the Bearded Buddha as an option to their religion, she is merely replacing one false prophet with another. Switching dogmas is not helping them become free thinkers at all. Dajani’s strategy sounds like a middle eastern version of David Sloan Wilson’s “Evolution for Everyone” propaganda campaign (see 12/21/05). She becomes Teacher as Facilitator, cultivating a new crop of inductees into the Cult of [naked] Emperor Charlie. (Notice also how she perpetuates Islamic stereotypes against the West; that is wildly inappropriate in biology classes.)It’s not creationists who are indoctrinators. From intelligent design advocates to staunch Biblical creationist leaders, not one of the Darwin skeptics I know wants anyone to think uncritically. That’s why they go to great lengths to present both sides, appealing to evidence and logic, to call upon the audience’s reason and thinking powers. That’s why at CEH we give the Darwinists their best shot before commenting on their claims. It’s the Darwin Party that routinely tries to shut out debate. It’s the Darwin Party that routinely engages in propaganda tactics instead of appealing to rational consideration of the evidence. Read Darwin Day in America, where John West exhaustively recounts, with numerous citations and references, the outrageous intolerance of Darwinians in case after case through multiple facets of our culture for over a century. It should make any “free thinker” angry! Dajani deprives her students of critical thinking skills by failing to present the “fair and balanced” approach Darwin himself advocated.Dajani should not bring the Koran or Genesis into her biology classes. There’s no need to, because the identity of the Creator is a downstream question from the initial question, “Is the universe and life designed or not designed?” All she has to say is, “Students, we are going to learn about Darwinian evolution, because it’s an important historical subject and biological theory you need to know about to be an educated person. In this class, I will give you the best evidences and arguments for evolution, and the best evidences and arguments against it. I will not grade you on your conclusions, but only on your ability to think critically about evidence and make sound arguments to reach your conclusions.” That’s it. Leave it at that. If she wants free and independent thinkers, that’s how to do it. Who could be against that approach? I’ll tell you who: the Darwin Party. They will go on jihad against anything that criticizes their Prophet and his holy book, The Origin.last_img read more

How Sales Will Change in 2017

first_imgA lot of pundits and prognosticators are going to start publishing their predictions for 2017. Predicting what might happen in any given domain is difficult at best, and it’s next to impossible in a complex, dynamic domain like “sales.”Here’s what won’t change.The salespeople who believe that their success is external, that it is outside of their control, will continue to perform poorly. They won’t reach their potential because they are unaware of how good they could be if they took accountability for their results and worked hard to improve themselves.Your prospective clients will still ignore salespeople they perceive as time-wasters. They will still feel a gap between the salesperson provided by the sales organizations who pursue them, and the salesperson they need. The bar will increasingly be raised, and many salespeople will struggle to meet their dream client’s expectation in a way that creates a preference.Most people in sales will still not have read a single book on their chosen profession. Nor will they have made an investment in their personal and professional development. Only a few smart, aggressive sales managers will require their sales force to study their craft.Quotas will go up. This will be true even if the leadership team raising the quota has not invested the necessary money to produce greater results. The leadership teams that believed their sales force underperformed will believe that raising the quota is simply increasing productivity to what it should be.Most sales organizations, from top to bottom, will still believe that they can have what they want without really changing, ignoring the iron law of the universe that states that if what you were doing would produce those results, you’d already have them.Here’s what will change.Some salespeople are going to recognize that their success is individual and internal. This dramatic change in their belief system will produce an equally dramatic change in their results. This proves to be true with no exceptions.A few smart salespeople will recognize that they are business people and develop the business acumen and situational knowledge to move from salesperson to the vaunted role of trusted advisor. Their peers will still not understand how they are producing this result. It will seem to them to be some sort of voodoo or black magic.Some of you will read a book. Like this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Some enlightened leaders will make their team read a book together.The occasional leadership team will decide that a massive improvement in sales results requires an investment equal to that task and double down on their bet. With the right leadership, they will produce outsized results.The only thing that is really going to change in sales next year is that a small few people will recognize that they are the only thing that needs to change next year. This is the exact thing that changed last year, and this trend has continued uninterrupted for ages.last_img read more

Roger Federer finishes with flurry of aces in 3rd round at Miami

first_imgAndreescu, who is tied for the WTA lead with 20 match victories this year, said she felt pain and tightness in the shoulder.“I’ve played so many matches,” the 18-year-old Canadian said. “I guess it’s just my body’s way of telling me it has had enough. The doctor said it’s nothing too serious, but the pain is there.”Andreescu said she will skip the tournament next week in Charleston, South Carolina, but plans to play the Fed Cup on April 20-21.She called a medical timeout after the first set to receive treatment, and received similar treatment during her third-round victory over Angelique Kerber, who afterward told Andreescu she was the “biggest drama queen ever.”Andreescu defeated Kerber in the Indian Wells final on March 17 for her first career title. The injury ended Andreescu’s bid to become the fourth woman to win Indian Wells and Miami back to back.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “We’re not robots,” Federer said. “I like when players show emotion like Filip did in that instant. It was a weird, strange, ridiculous point that I got very lucky to win somehow.”A little lucky and really good, Federer won 7-5, 6-3 Monday to reach the fourth round. He improved to 14-2 this year, signaling he’s a threat to win his fourth Miami title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe’ll next play No. 13 Daniil Medvedev, who won a battle of dominating serves against 6-foot-11 qualifier Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (0). There were no service breaks but plenty of aces — 19 by Medvedev and 22 by Opelka.Among those departing in the women’s fourth round were Venus Williams and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu. Williams lost to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3, and Andreescu retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16 LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Roger Federer knew he had things going his way at the Miami Open when he hit three shots off his frame during a wild 17-stroke exchange and still won the point because Filip Krajinovic dumped a half volley into the net.Krajinovic quickly grabbed the ball and flipped it over the net as if continuing the rally, which drew cheers from the crowd and a smile from Federer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m pretty upset,” she said. “But I really can’t complain, with what I’ve achieved.”Halep and Kontaveit were joined in the quarterfinals by Petra Kvitova, who faced only one break point and beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost in the third round.Kvitova’s match was interrupted by rain for more than 90 minutes, and she took advantage.“I had a quick nap, which was really helpful,” she said.Federer was only slightly delayed on his way to victory. Serving in the final game, he smacked aces on the first three points, and then hit another ace that skipped off the line to seal the victory — or so it was ruled.While awaiting a replay review, Federer and Krajinovic walked to the net and discussed the call.“He thought it was in,” Federer said. “I’m thinking, ‘Why did he think that?’ It was quite clearly out.”Federer was correct, and when the call was overturned, he gave Krajinovic a wave as if to say, “See you in a minute.” He needed only one more serve to complete the victory. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

Peter Hutton Eurosport has struck a deal to offer

first_imgPeter HuttonEurosport has struck a deal to offer bundled online access to Eurosport content and live NBA basketball matches.In the coming weeks, viewers in a number of European countries will be able to buy the combined offering of Eurosport Player and NBA League Pass at a discounted rate, giving them mobile, tablet and computer access to this content.“By partnering with the NBA, Eurosport will continue to fuel the passion of sports fans throughout Europe, giving them unrivalled access to their favourite athletes, teams and all the magic of the league – all right at their fingertips,” said Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton.Viewers will be able to choose between three NBA packages: NBA Team Pass, which lets fans follow one team throughout the season; NBA League Pass which offers every NBA game live, including NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs and Finals matches; and NBA League Pass Premium which gives additional access to NBA TV Live – which airs documentaries and studio shows – and the choice of home or away team commentary.Pricing for the offering has yet to be announced by Eurosport, and the deal will not be available to viewers in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.last_img read more

Broadband and TV growth in Austria – and in Croati

first_imgBroadband and TV growth in Austria – and in Croatia– helped Telekom Austria partly compensate declining voice revenues in its home market in the third quarter. Telekom Austria had 278,700 TV customers in Austria, up from 263,000 at the same point last year, out of a total broadband revenue-generating base of 1.473 million.In Croatia, where Telekom Austria owns local cable and pay TV operator Vipnet, which in 2015 also acquired smaller operators Amis Croatia and CATV-047, it had 200,500 TV customers, up from 187,200 for the same period last year. Fixed broadband RGUs numbered 227,500.In Bulgaria, where Telekom Austria acquired local cable operator Blizoo, TV numbers stood at 471,700, up slightly since the end of 2015 and up from 124,100 at the same point last year, prior to the acquisition. Fixed broadband RGUs in Bulgaria numbered 423,800, up from 160,900 prior to the acquisition of Blizoo.In Macedonia, Telekom Austria’s TV base saw modest quarter-on-quarter declines through the year, taking its total to 123,600.Telekom Austria had 49,300 TV customers in Slovenia, where it owns cable operator Amis, up from 36,900 in Q315. Fixed broadband subscribers numbered 71,500.last_img read more