Digicel 5K Night Run runs off tonight downtown Kingston

first_imgKINGSTON:a strong contingent of supporters from both the private and public sectors, corporate area schools and the special-needs community are expected to converge on the downtown Kingston waterfront for the fourth staging of the Digicel Imagine 5K Run, which goes live at 7 p.m.Already in high gear ahead of the race this evening, the company is saying thanks for the outpouring of support it has received to date.”It’s really inspiring to see how many persons, groups and organisations have come on board to support the Digicel 5K Run for special needs,” said David Butler, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. “We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received. It’s been tremendous so far and we’re anticipating a very successful event later on tonight.”He added: “When we look at the kind of awareness we’ve been able to generate around the special-needs community through this event and the help that we’ve been able to garner for them, we must thank all our sponsors who really have played a big part in making this happen.”Sponsors of the event include Running Events Jamaica, Jamaica Producers Group, Urban Development Corporation, Express Fitness, Logo Stitch, Marksman, Gatorade, Main Event Entertainment Group, KSAC, National Outdoor Advertising, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Lithographic Printers, Innovative Signs, Red Stripe, WATA, GraceKennedy, Facey Commodities, Mother’s, Dairy Industries and ProComm.Media partnersAdditionally, local media houses, including the RJR Communications Group, KLAS, Sun City Radio, SportsMax, Irie FM, Love 101, Mello FM, Power 106, Business Access TV, Nationwide News Network, The Gleaner Company Ltd and The Star, have partnered with Digicel in a big way this year to help drive the awareness of this very worthy initiative.”Over the past three years, the Digicel Foundation has been able to make a real impact on improving the quality of life of persons with special needs in Jamaica,” said Butler. “None of this could have been possible without the support that we continue to get.”To facilitate the race’s 7 p.m. start time, road closures will occur at 6:30 p.m., so participants are encouraged to head out to the venue early and participate in the pre-race warm-up sessions in the Digicel parking lot. To get further updates and information on race day activities, persons may visit Digicel’s social media pages.The race will officially start following the singing of the National Anthem by the talented Kimiela ‘Candy’ Isaacs, who is also a member of the special-needs community.last_img read more

Bayern thankful for late Lewandowski double

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring during their match against Werder Bremen in Bremen, nothern Germany, on August 26 © AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Aug 26 – Late goals in quick succession by Robert Lewandowski gave defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich their second straight win with a 2-0 victory at Werder Bremen on Saturday.Bremen’s last win over Bayern was in 2006, but the hosts held their star-studded opponents until the 72nd minute when Lewandowski first struck. The Poland hot-shot audaciously flicked Kingsley Coman’s low cross into the net with his heel before doubling the damage by firing through the legs of defender Robert Bauer and Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka on 75 minutes.Thomas Mueller’s decoy run opened up the Bremen defence for Lewandowski, who seized the chance for a third goal in two league games.“He is certainly the best striker in the Bundesliga and one of the best in the world,” enthused Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.“He is simply our little firecracker.”Lewandowski added: “Werder played very defensively which didn’t make things easy and there wasn’t much room for us. We had to be patient and take our chances.”There was more good news for Bayern as Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made his first appearance this season after a fractured foot.Later, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin to resume his battle with Lewandowski to be Germany’s top scorer.Aubameyang netted after just 15 minutes from a Nuri Sahin cross before the Turkey midfielder grabbed Dortmund’s second when he blasted home from the edge of the area.Gabon’s hot-shot striker Aubameyang has now scored in each of his last eight games in all competitions dating back to last season.The home victory puts Dortmund top of the fledgling table on goal difference ahead of Bayern.Stuttgart’s Holger Badstuber (C) scores the opening goal past Mainz’ Rene Adler and Fabian Frei (R) during their match in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on August 26 © AFP / THOMAS KIENZLELike Dortmund and Bayern, Hamburg have also won their opening two games after a 3-1 victory at Cologne on Friday.Elsewhere, Wolfsburg enjoyed a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt with Daniel Didavi scoring their first-half winner.Frankfurt’s Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was denied a penalty after being fouled in the area, with the video assistant referee ruling he was offside.After losing their Champions League play-off at Liverpool on Wednesday, Hoffenheim fought back twice to claim a 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.A 4-2 defeat at Anfield means Hoffenheim will play in the Europa League group stage this season. They fell behind at Leverkusen after Brazilian left-back Wendell put the hosts ahead with a penalty on 33 minutes at the BayArena.Hoffenheim equalised when striker Andrej Kramaric fired home just after the restart, but the scores were level for only two minutes.Germany winger Karim Bellarabi slotted home from 12 metres to put Leverkusen 2-1 ahead before Kerem Demirbay’s cross was met by Mark Uth, whose shot went in off the underside of the crossbar on 70 minutes.Borussia Moenchengladbach conceded a goal after just 35 seconds in their 2-2 draw at Augsburg.The game had barely kicked off when Alfred Finnbogason slotted home for Augsburg but goals by Denis Zakaria and Oscar Wendt made it 2-1 to Gladbach at the break.However, Augsburg’s new Venezuelan signing Sergio Cordova, 20, hit an 89th-minute leveller, his first goal for his new German club.VfB Stuttgart’s Germany centre-back Holger Badstuber scored his first goal in the Bundesliga since December 2009 to seal a 1-0 win at home to Mainz before Simon Terodde slammed a penalty against the post for the hosts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Concern over Maradona after health scare in Argentina thriller

first_img0Shares0000Argentina great Diego Maradona has a history of health problems. © AFP / Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina’s rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle.Lionel Messi may have dominated the on-field action in Saint Petersburg, but from his VIP box in the stands Maradona reigned supreme as the undisputed centre of attention. The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully with a female Nigeria fan, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off.Throughout Argentina’s nerve-shredding 2-1 victory, which secured the South American giants’ passage into the last 16, the host broadcaster television feed regularly cut to images of Maradona as the tension mounted.When Messi gave Argentina the lead early in the first half, Maradona screamed his delight, crossing his hands across his chest and gazing to the heavens.The 1986 World Cup-winner looked increasingly frazzled as the game wore on, at one stage slumped forward in his seat just before half-time.After Nigeria made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after the break — a scoreline that would have sent Argentina crashing out of the tournament — Maradona grew increasingly distraught.By the 80th minute he sat with his hands covering his face, unable to watch as the seconds ticked towards a footballing calamity for Argentina.Yet when Marcos Rojo swept in a sumptuous volley with four minutes remaining, Maradona exploded with emotion, shouting an obscene insult before raising the middle finger of each hand in the direction of the pitch.– Cocaine addiction –But the jubilation turned to alarm soon after the final whistle when a video emerged on social media of Maradona walking with difficulty and being guided into the dining room of the VIP section by two friends.Other photographs showed two uniformed paramedics attending to him, with one appearing to take his pulse.Argentina media reported that Maradona had suffered a spike in his blood pressure. Argentinian newspaper Ole later reported that Maradona was able to walk and had gone to his hotel.Maradona has had a series of health problems, including cocaine addiction.In 2007 he reportedly came close to death after being admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires to be treated for hepatitis and substance abuse.As images of him being treated by paramedics went viral late Tuesday, some commentators expressed concern about his health.English former footballer turned broadcaster Stan Collymore said he believed it was time Maradona “took a break from football.”“The guy had serious heart issues years ago, yet FIFA and sponsors keep indulging him and he himself,” Collymore wrote on Twitter, above a widely shared image of Maradona being tended to by paramedics.“Whatever you think of him, anyone deserves decent health,” Collymore added.BBC broadcaster Mark Chapman said Maradona’s plight was “sad.”“Maradona was the greatest footballer of my youth,” Chapman wrote on Twitter.“Now he appears to be the joke cutaway of choice for tv directors. Not that he helps himself but sad.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MAN CITY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING

first_imgManchester City (Donegal) Supporters Club – Next Meeting Details The next meeting of the Manchester City (Donegal) Supporters Club will be held in Bonners “Heart of the City” Bar, Ballybofey on Tuesday 18th September at 7.15pm. City v Real Madrid will be shown live in Bonners immediately after the meeting. All new members welcome.  —MAN CITY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Man Utd Supporters Clublast_img read more

ST EUNAN’S STAR FOOTBALLER NIALL PICKED FOR ULSTER ELITE U16 TEAM

first_imgNiall: Picked to play football for his ProvinceSt Eunan’s GAA Club would like to congratulate Niall O’Donnell following his selection for the Ulster U16 Squad.On June 30th, Niall was selected to attend the Phoenix Ulster GAA Elite Academy. The Academy identifies the best young Under 16 footballers and hurlers within Ulster and exposes them to the rigors of high performance development over a two day camp at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.At the camp, the young players were introduced to an environment focusing on high performance, including player welfare & general lifestyle management. In essence the lads experienced what it would be like to be a full time professional player. Following the camp, Niall and Aiden McLaughlin from Naomh Padraig, Muff were selected to represent Ulster against Dublin U17s on 5th August in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.The Phoenix Ulster GAA Elite Academy has proven to be a major stepping stone for young players who progressed to play Minor and Senior for their Counties. Current County stars who attended the camp include Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty. ST EUNAN’S STAR FOOTBALLER NIALL PICKED FOR ULSTER ELITE U16 TEAM was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:elite Ulster squadletterkennyNiall O’DonnellSt Eunan’s GAA clubUlster GAAlast_img read more

BRITISH ARMY BLOWS UP ‘SUSPICIOUS’ DONEGAL CAR DURING ALERT

first_imgBRITISH Army technical officers have blown up a Donegal-registered car during an alert in Strabane.Police said they were attacked with paint bombs and pieces of masonry as they examined a suspicious vehicle in the Ballycolman estate in the town this morning.Two controlled explosions were carried out in the early hours – wrecking the vehicle – but nothing untoward was discovered and residents have returned to their homes. Thirty families had to be moved from their homes.SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly said the vehicle, which had Donegal registration plates, had been parked in the area for several days.“People in Strabane have had enough disruption through the years, and they’re fed up with it,” he told Radio Foyle.“They deserve to be able to sleep at peace in their homes without this unnecessary and unwanted disruption.”  BRITISH ARMY BLOWS UP ‘SUSPICIOUS’ DONEGAL CAR DURING ALERT was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bomb alertdonegalstrabanelast_img read more

‘DREADFUL DONEGAL SUCCUMB TO MONAGHAN’ – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY

first_imgThere was bitter disappointment for Donegal today at O’Donnell Park as they lost their crucial league match to Monaghan.The infamous All-Ireland Semi-Final of 2011 was a seminal moment for Gaelic football and is regarded by many as a turning point for the sport; today’s encounter in Letterkenny was possibly the closest we’ve seen to a re-run of it. That occasion in Croke Park, just like today, produced fourteen scores and Donegal suffered the same fate on both days, two-point defeats.Since Kerry plundered Sam last September, the challenge for Donegal has been to try to learn how to cope with teams who reflect their own gameplan back through the mirror. Monaghan set up as expected today and for a while at least it seemed as if the hosts had a defined plan to deal with it – keep possession no matter what, entice the opposing rearguard to move forward and create space behind them. Malachy O’Rourke’s team on the other hand were under orders to retain their shape, mark their zone and forget about pressing the ball. It is a game of chess and it’s little wonder that there’s no Sky Sports Chess channel as part of our TV packages – it does not make for good viewing. Monaghan’s discipline in not edging out to oncoming attackers was in contrast to Donegal’s players, who hassled and harried the ball when defending. Playing at home they felt as if they had to take the initiative and show some urgency, yet in doing this they left tiny pockets of space and that was all the visitors needed to get a couple of vital scores in the closing quarter.The players were steadfast in their commitment to keep the ball and in a way it is encouraging that they are so keen to heed the message of their management – after all that is exactly why this group has been so successful. They’re a selfless bunch, are prepared to do what is asked of them and are not afraid of being unpopular. Despite the constant cries of derision from the O’Donnell Park crowd they kept moving the ball patiently hoping for an opening.There’s the problem though – hoping. As the first half wore on, there didn’t seem to be any conviction or anywhere near enough drive in the movements and most attacks petered out. Twice the players succumbed to the spectators’ wishes and kicked the ball in long after sustained periods of futile probing – one went straight out over the end line, the other was a bad ball that Frank McGlynn tried to make the best of but with two defenders around him it came to nothing. The kicks were at least greeted with some sarcastic cheering.As in Ballyshannon last week, the wind again played a huge role in the game. Blowing across the field as well as down towards the river end of the ground, it made shooting from any distance extremely hard to judge and made some of the players look very ordinary. Michael Murphy, Rory Beggan and Odhran MacNiallais all missed frees that they would normally expect to score as all day players struggled to get their angles right. Paul Finlay fared the best out of all the free takers and Beggan did nail a marvellous free near the end to nudge his side in front but that was the exception rather than the rule today with some woeful shooting on view from both sides. So essentially Donegal were doing the right thing because kicking, whether shooting or passing, meant giving the ball immediately back to Monaghan – that’s the way it would be viewed from a coaching perspective. If the wind is stopping you from shooting from distance, if you can’t create a scoring chance from kicking to the forwards and you’re faced with a wall of thirteen or fourteen men that is preventing you from running or hand passing your way to goal then what do you do? Few of us in the crowd had the answer and it was grim viewing trying to figure it out. Who’d be a manager?!Tyrone played the same way in Croker last night and created a huge amount of chances and scoring opportunities, mainly because Dublin were flummoxed and fell into their trap; had Mickey Harte’s charges brought their shooting boots they would have won at a canter. The Red Hand men are the original architects of this style of play and are good at it – yet their sole defeat thus far was against Monaghan. It’s no coincidence that the Oriel’s two league wins have come against fellow Ulster opposition – while Tyrone and Donegal can mix it with the likes of Dublin, Cork or Mayo, Monaghan revel in battles against those they know best.With the strong breeze at Donegal’s backs in the second half there was a change of tack as Neil Gallagher began driving the ball long into Murphy. It paid dividends with the goal – astonishingly our only score of the second half – yet time and again when Michael collected near-impossible passes launched his way, he was mauled to the ground by defenders with little or no sign of his own team mates in support. What appeared a good tactic didn’t work all that well either and that must be a concern as it is one of the team’s primary weapons.Rory Gallagher introduced runners off the bench in the shape of Martin McElhinney, Anthony Thompson, Daniel McLaughlin and Eoin McHugh in an effort to make a quicker and slicker transition from defence to attack but with Monaghan retreating and conceding almost all of Paul Durcan’s kick outs they ensured that there was no chance of a quick Donegal restart catching them off-guard at the back. Thompson did have a late chance to level the game but the breeze again made it difficult and his shot was dragged wide.Prior to that it looked as though the game may have been heading for a draw and it would have been a case of neither team deserving to win but Monaghan got their noses in front and with a game to come against another provincial rival in Derry, they will have their eye on retaining their spot in the top tier. As for Donegal, is this where we hit the panic button? Are we finished? Has The System had its day? On today’s evidence the answer would be yes all around but today is just that – one day.Any rash judgements need to be put in context. Granted the seventy minutes this afternoon were as poor as we’ve seen from green and gold jerseys for quite a long time but it was just one game. This time last year, Derry were being viewed as world beaters as they lit up Division One yet now they are propping up the table. At the same time Donegal got wake up calls in the shape of a last gasp draw with Meath followed by a loss against Down in Newry.Also, after many defeats stories often emerge about heavy training undertaken in the preceding days which have a big effect on performances – reversals against Laois and Kerry in 2012 and last year’s league final against today’s opponents spring to mind.Rory was conspicuous by his absence on the airwaves in the hour following the game with none of Highland, RTE or Newstalk managing to get a hold of him. It’s quite possible that the door to the home dressing room was firmly shut as the players were read the riot act and individuals asked a lot of searching questions of themselves. One manager who did make it onto the radio was Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald. His team are nought from three so far in the league yet he was calm and contented as he was asked the tough questions. It’s all about Summer for him and he isn’t getting too upset about a few defeats at this early stage of the year – maybe there’s a lesson there.On most other occasions a trip south to the Kingdom would be a daunting one but right now they could be the ideal opponents for these players to face as they seek to redeem themselves after today’s no show. Kerry are the one team that this Donegal panel will not need any extra motivation for.That is the challenge for next Sunday; as for this week the best thing to do is forget about it – because it was very forgettable.‘DREADFUL DONEGAL SUCCUMB TO MONAGHAN’ – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA DIARY was last modified: March 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cathal MacSuibhnedonegalGAA diarylast_img read more

Blackpool v QPR line-ups: Jenas starts, no Johnson, Phillips faces former side

first_imgJermaine Jenas starts for QPR at Bloomfield Road, where summer signing Matt Phillips faces his former club.Blackpool: Gilks, Basham, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Robinson, Ferguson, Osbourne, Gosling, Delfouneso, Ince, Davies.Subs: Warner, Harris, Blackett, Dobbie, Grant, Chopra, Barkhuizen.QPR:Green; Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Phillips, Carroll, O’Neil, Barton, Jenas, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Onuoha, Chevanton, Kranjcar, Henry, Hoilett.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

More Criticisms Raised Against Psycho-Science

first_imgAre psychology and psychotherapy losing their minds? Claims of their scientific validity are under fire (again).‘Spin’ found in over half of clinical trial abstracts published in top psychiatry journals (Medical Xpress). Notice the key words here: spin, top. Psychiatry is wobbling like a spinning top under new allegations, according to a new survey published in the British Medical Journal.‘Spin’—exaggerating the clinical significance of a particular treatment without the statistics to back it up—is apparent in more than half of clinical trial abstracts published in top psychology and psychiatry journals, finds a review of relevant research in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine.The findings raise concerns about the potential impact this might be having on treatment decisions, as the evidence to date suggests that abstract information alone is capable of changing doctors’ minds, warn the study authors.Why is this happening? Well, doctors are busy. They don’t have time to read lengthy papers and digest all the stats. Many of them glance at abstracts to get quick impressions about treatments that might be helpful or seem “new” and “promising.” The trouble is, those abstracts often contain inflated claims of efficacy. Why? Researchers and journals know they have to make a quick impression. They don’t want their findings to sound boring, so they ‘spin’ them to look more snazzy, using “questionable reporting practices in order to beautify their results.”Researchers have an ethical obligation to honestly and clearly report the results of their research. Adding spin to the abstract of an article may mislead physicians who are attempting to draw conclusions about a treatment for patients. Most physicians read only the article abstract the majority of the time.Spin doctoring is like colorful packaging on an inferior product. Needless to say, the patients suffer the most from these unethical practices, placing their trust in pseudo-scientists who put their trust in potentially pseudo-scientific treatments. Even if an individual psychologist is personally honest, he or she becomes a quack if fed duck food for the head.Does psychology have a conflict-of-interest problem? (Nature). In this News Feature from July 2, Tom Chivers asks hard questions about the science of psychology. He is disturbed that “Some star psychologists don’t disclose in research papers the large sums they earn for talking about their work.” Is that a concern, he asks? Well, yeah.Chivers starts with a story about Jean Twenge, a psychology star who makes tons of money on the speaking circuit, using Gen Z students as her target audience. She doesn’t mention her speaking income in her scientific papers. In other scientific fields, that would be a clear conflict of interest.Twenge’s academic papers don’t mention her paid speeches and consulting. Yet that stands in stark contrast to the conflict-of-interest (COI) guidelines issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), an influential organization whose standards have been widely adopted by many medical and some psychology journals. Those guidelines say that such ‘personal fees’ should be declared as potential COIs in research papers because readers should be made aware of any financial interests that they might perceive as potentially influencing the findings.Well, yeah again. And Twenge is not an outlier, Chivers says, Other big-name psycho-scientists like Stephen Pinker excuse this behavior as not necessarily a conflict of interest. In some cases, like giving a TED talk, perhaps not. But transparency in publishing one’s income from speaking would certainly raise the bar of integrity, rather than suggesting the motive, ‘I’m promoting these findings because they make me a lot of money.’If COI were the only problem facing psycho-pseudo-science, it would be one thing. But other concerns about flaws in ‘mind science’ go back years. This is all the field needs when it is already under scrutiny.Researchers who spoke to Nature about their concerns say they see the issue as connected to psychology’s greater need for self-scrutiny because of some high-profile cases of misconduct, as well as to broader concerns about the reproducibility of results. The score looks bad: (1) conflicts of interest, (2) non-reproducible results, (3) rife misconduct, (4) spin doctoring. Is there anything positive this questionable field has to offer? Science can study the best learning techniques, and neuroscience can help patients with problems like addiction. But when it comes to advice on how to live, or how to solve personal problems not caused by medical conditions, how do psychologists even know that their counsel is superior to the time-tested advice of a wise parent or Biblical counselor? The track record of psycho-science does not look good.A century of psychiatry … Books in brief (Nature). Psychiatry is supposed to be psychology in a white lab coat. Supposedly, psychiatrists have more cred because of medical training. Look what Barbara Kiser has to say in her short review of a new book by Andrew Scull, Psychiatry and Its Discontents.In this incisive collection of essays on the history of psychiatry, Andrew Scull shunts through more than a century of attempts to treat, contain and theorize about mental illness. From the Victorian asylum era and the rise and fall of psychoanalysis to the arrival of psychopharmacology and neuroscience, Scull chronicles the medicalization of mental illness with balance and scepticism. He is trenchant on psychiatry’s failures, from prefrontal lobotomy to ‘care in the community’; critical of neuro-reductionism; eloquent on diagnosis debates; and ever aware of the human suffering at his chronicle’s core.There appears to be nothing positive to say about this field by the author or the reviewer. Speaking of frontal lobotomies, see Jerry Bergman’s article here from Jan 22, 2019, “Frontal Lobotomies: a Darwinian Mental Health Holocaust.” This is just one of the horrors coming from man’s attempt to “cure” the soul.Bethell’s book blows down the castle Darwin built.What do you expect from a ‘science’ that began in Darwin-drenched Victorian England in the late 19th century? Freud and the other leading lights of the “psychology” movement have all been debunked and replaced by other quacks. And now look at the situation in 2019. Are you better off than you were 160 years ago? A ‘science’ built on Darwinian assumptions cannot be any more solid than the house of cards Darwin built.In light of what we have just read about the pseudo-sciences of psychology and psychiatry, let us ponder some words spoken by Jeremiah a long time ago. Actually, these are God’s counsels, spoken through his appointed prophet, Jeremiah. Note that the Bible’s use of “heart” is what we would call the mind or inner being today.Thus says the Lord:“Cursed is the man who trusts in manand makes flesh his strength,whose heart turns away from the Lord.6 He is like a shrub in the desert,and shall not see any good come.He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,in an uninhabited salt land.7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,whose trust is the Lord.8 He is like a tree planted by water,that sends out its roots by the stream,and does not fear when heat comes,for its leaves remain green,and is not anxious in the year of drought,for it does not cease to bear fruit.”9 The heart is deceitful above all things,and desperately sick;who can understand it?10 “I the Lord search the heartand test the mind,to give every man according to his ways,according to the fruit of his deeds.”11 Like the partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch,so is he who gets riches but not by justice;in the midst of his days they will leave him,and at his end he will be a fool.12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginningis the place of our sanctuary.13 O Lord, the hope of Israel,all who forsake you shall be put to shame;those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth,for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.Jeremiah 17:5-13(Visited 387 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New program to verify Ohio high school students’ expertise in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new industry-recognized credentialing system will verify Ohio high school students’ expertise in specific areas of agriculture as they work toward their diplomas.The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has announced it will provide qualifying secondary students an approved, industry-recognized credential. Once approved by the Ohio Department of Education, this credential may be paired with a workforce readiness score through WorkKeys, a job skills assessment system measuring real-world skills, as a pathway to graduation for high school students.The new program will verify students’ expertise in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness and production systems.“As part of our efforts to meet future workforce demands in agribusiness, we are excited about the opportunities this new program provides for students pursuing agricultural careers,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “OABA is proud to support students enrolled in agricultural education and FFA chapters across the state.”To be eligible for the program, a student must be enrolled in a career-technical agricultural program and complete three of the following courses, where they are engaged in learning and applying technical skills in foundational agricultural concepts:Agriculture, food and natural resourcesAnimal and plant scienceAgronomic systemsMechanical principlesLivestock selection, nutrition and management.Students are also required to complete a course in business management for agricultural and environmental systems or global economics and marketing of food. These upper-level courses test students’ knowledge of global agriculture marketing and business principles applied in agribusiness.Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) — students’ out-of-school agriculture projects — are also integral in attaining the new OABA credential. To be considered, a student’s SAE must be an entrepreneurial, placement, or research-driven project pertaining to the agriculture industry. The student must document at least 500 hours of work on their project and identify the Ohio Agricultural and Environmental Systems Career Field Technical Content Standards achieved through their SAE.For more information about the Ohio AgriBusiness Association credential, contact Margo Long at 614-326-7520 or mlong@oaba.net.last_img read more