Dawson Creek’s Trevor Kolkea, who won the FSJ triathlon the past couple of years, also showed well, finishing in 9 hours, 49 minutes – he actually finished directly behind Janelle Morrison.The overall race winner was Jordan Rapp, who recently moved from New York to Penticton to train. He crossed the finish line in 8 hours, 25 minutes. The annual Ironman Triathlon features a 3.8 k swim, 180 k bike, and 42 k marathon under the hot Okanagan skies. Of the 2600 hundred participants this year, at least 220 of them did not finish the gruelling race, and a 66 year-old man died. Advertisement Local athletes made waves at Sunday’s Ironman Triathlon in Penticton.Leading the way was pro Janelle Morrison, who despite a number of setbacks during the race, clocked 1:05 on the swim leg, 5:21 on the bike, and 3:17 on the run. Morrison’s time just under 9:49 was ten minutes better than her effort last year, and was good for third place among all females.Also impressing was Barb Polehoykie, in her second appearance at the Canadian Ironman. Barb finished the race in a time of 12 hours. 52 minutes.- Advertisement -And, in his first crack at the race, Blizzard Floyd Polehoykie managed to complete the race, coming in at a little over 16 hours. Floyd joined Moose FM’s Jon Zacks for an interview – (runs 3:30)[asset|aid=1824|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=special_broadcasts-20090902T2335.mp3]Advertisement
Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Sunday visited the village of Aliki, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) where he delivered on his promise to provide a school boat for the students in the area.Director General Harmon hands over the boxes of school shoes to Headmaster of the Aliki Primary School, Ganesh DuganDirector General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon; donor of the boat, Tulsi Persaud and students of the Aliki Primary SchoolThe Director General also handed over 100 pairs of school shoes to the Headmaster of the Aliki Primary School, Ganesh Dugan.During a meeting held in the community on June 30, 2019 by Harmon and Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar, residents had made a request for a school boat.The Director General subsequently promised the residents that the boat would be delivered to the community in time for the commencement of the new school term in September.In addressing the residents at the Aliki Primary School, minutes after the boat was handed over to the Headmaster, Harmon said that the David Granger-led Administration saw education and access to education as a national priority and would, therefore, do what was necessary to ensure that barriers which prevent students from getting to school were removed.“I am delighted to be here to deliver on the commitment which we made when we were here in June. We wanted to ensure that the children can get to school and get so on time. It is a commitment that we do not take lightly because it has to do with the education of our children and as you are aware, the President has put high priority on education in this country. Since we came into office in 2015, every year, the budget for education has increased because we recognise that the development of this country, the leaps and bounds which we will have to take, will be dependent on an educated nation and we have to start by ensuring that our children get to school. We have made that commitment to get children to school. So, the delivery of this boat is consistent with the promise, which our President made to ensure our children are in school and they can get to school,” he said.The boat was donated by Tulsi Persaud, a businessman from the neighbouring village of Lanaballi.On this note, Harmon stated that he was pleased that corporate Guyana as well as individuals were coming forward to aid the Government in its mission of ensuring that every child across Guyana was able to go to school.He also called on the community, the parents, teachers and village leaders to ensure that the boat was used for its intended purpose and taken care of.“The boat is there to serve the children, so I would ask that special attention be placed on how it is used. It is for the children. It is not to be used for recreation and other uses. Let it be for the children, who have to go to school,” he said.Meanwhile, Persaud, in an invited comment, said that as a child, born and raised in a riverine community, he had to paddle to get to school every day. He noted that he has been observing the “Boats, Buses and Bicycles” initiative by President David Granger and when he was approached by the Director General to consider assisting the community, it was an easy decision to make.The businessman also noted that he has decided to take it a step forward and would be handing over two more boats in the coming weeks to serve the students in Lanaballi, Bonasika and surrounding communities.Meanwhile, Dugan, in his remarks, thanked the Director General, the Government, and Persaud for honouring his commitment to the community. He noted that it would go a long way in ensuring that children get to school.A resident, Roy Creighton, also expressed his gratitude as he gave the assurance that the residents would ensure that the boat was well taken care of.“We would ensure that it is taken care of, because it is in our best interests. We will also use it for the purpose it has been given to the community for,” he promised.Harmon was accompanied by Regional Executive Officer of Region Three, Jennifer Ferreira- Dougal.
If Will Rogers never met a man he didn’t like, science never metaphor it didn’t force. The history of science is replete with examples of metaphors not only trying to explain phenomena, but actually driving scientific research. Many times thoughtless metaphors have said more about current social values than science. So argued Mary Midgley, a “a freelance philosopher, specialising in moral philosophy,” in an article on New Scientist:The trouble with metaphors is that they don’t just mirror scientific beliefs, they also shape them. Our imagery is never just surface paint, it expresses, advertises and strengthens our preferred interpretations. It also usually carries unconscious bias from the age we live in – and this can be tricky to ditch no matter how faulty, unless we ask ourselves how and why things go wrong, and start to talk publicly about how we should understand metaphor.The article was developed from her book, The Solitary Self. But did her conclusion learn the lessons of history? Here is a short list of metaphors she found in science over the centuries:Nature, the clock: Scientists in Newton’s day envisioned the world as a mechanical clock wound up by God.Nature, the billiard game: Early atomists interpreted everything as colliding billiard-ball atoms. Rousseau applied this to “social atomism.”Nature, the war of all against all: Thomas Hobbes’ metaphor of a war of individuals “accidentally launched a wider revolt against the notion of citizenship,” Midgley said. “The slogan made it possible to argue later that there is no such thing as society, that we owe one another nothing.”Nature, the capitalist: Laissez-faire capitalism, Midgley argued, is an application of atomism to economics.Nature, the competitor: Spencer and Darwin used the metaphor of competition to interpret nature, although Midgley asserts that “Charles Darwin actually hated much of it, flatly rejecting the crude, direct application of natural selection to social policies.” Whether or not his emotions against competition were derived from science or from his cultural milieu is another question.Nature as selfish genes: “Evolution has been the most glaring example of the thoughtless use of metaphor over the past 30 years, with the selfish/war metaphors dominating and defining the landscape so completely it becomes hard to admit there are other ways of conceiving it,” Midgley complained.Nature as self-organization: D’Arcy Thompson, Brian Goodwin, Steven Rose and Simon Conway Morris have worked on the metaphor of unfolding organic forms, “a kind of self-organisation within each species, which has its own logic.” Contrary to the long-held view of nature red in tooth and claw, Goodwin has written that humans are “every bit as co-operative as we are competitive; as altruistic as we are selfish.”So did Midgley argue that we need to rid science of metaphors? No; she proposed new and better ones suitable for the 21st century – the language of integrated systems:Now the old metaphors of evolution need to give way to new ones founded on integrative thinking – reasoning based on systems thinking. This way, the work of evolution can be seen as intelligible and constructive, not as a gamble driven randomly by the forces of competition. And if non-competitive imagery is needed, systems biologist Denis Noble has a good go at it in The Music Of Life, where he points out how natural development, not being a car, needs no single “driver” to direct it. Symphonies, he remarks, are not caused only by a single dominant instrument nor, indeed, solely by their composer. And developing organisms do not even need a composer: they grow, as wholes, out of vast and ancient systems which are themselves parts of nature.She did not reveal whether she is an admirer of John Cage’s “chance music,” but his kind of music seems to be the only kind that emerges without a composer. All other symphonies are usually composed and performed by intelligent design. It could be argued, though, that even John Cage purposefully chose to produce his works in certain directed ways. He had to choose to sit at a piano, for instance, and decide not to play for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, turning pages at pre-designed “movements.” For the metaphor to work, Cage would have had to step aside and do absolutely nothing – but even that would be a choice.Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003). If Mary Midgley wants to criticize earlier scientists for imposing their social values (like competition) on nature, then how can she avoid being criticized for imagining nature to be a self-organizing system? The next philosopher in future years could just as easily sneer at Midgley’s own misguided conceptions of nature, just as she sneered at evolutionists for being guilty of the most thoughtless uses of metaphor. Is it even possible for humans to perceive nature without metaphors? If you look at the list, all of the suggested metaphors have presupposed intelligent agency: clocks, billiards, warfare, competition, selfish genes, symphonies. Intelligence in the atomistic view is a little harder to spot, until you recognize that colliding atoms presuppose natural laws: spherical shapes, and consistent physics of collisions. Theists draw on the metaphor of a Creator as Architect, Designer, Maker, and Overseer. That is how God describes himself. So if every other metaphor already presupposes intelligent agency, then theism must be the most accurate one. Metaphors, therefore, can be true. If metaphors are inescapable, the symphony one is a good one. God becomes the composer and conductor, His creatures the obedient yet skilled musicians, the instruments the capabilities, skills and talents he has endowed on his works. The music is extended in time, with moments of tension and relaxation, periods where the listener is uncertain where the work is headed, but all working toward a planned finale. Remove the sheet music and the conductor, though, and you get nothing but endless tuning exercises that all sound alike. Eventually the musicians leave and the music stops, having gone nowhere. John Cage might be happy, but not the rest of us, who know design when we see it and hear it. 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Sydney, Nov 9 (AFP) Spin king Shane Warne put his hand up Friday to help Australian cricket out of its current spiral and urged the sport’s beleaguered governing body to make better use of other former top players. The national team has been in a form slump since a ball-tampering scandal in March and Cricket Australia has seen a clean-out of top executives after a scathing review blamed its culture as partly contributing to players cheating. Warne said he was “frustrated” at the state of Australian cricket. “In the words of Donald Trump, let’s make cricket great again,” he said in a column for Melbourne’s Herald Sun. “Cricket Australia is in disarray — fact. CA has lost control and sight of what it was trying to achieve, to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport. “That was its slogan and it was right but it has lost its way and thankfully heads are starting to roll.” The leg-spin icon said retired cricketers needed to play a bigger part in steering the sport, calling on a host of former teammates to rally behind the game. “I put my hand up to (outgoing team performance boss) Pat Howard a few times, told him I was available if they needed me,” he told the newspaper. “I’ve always been happy to get involved in any role if Cricket Australia thought I could help the team. I’m sure all the ex-players would be the same.” He questioned why retired stars such as Michael Clarke had not been appointed as a batting consultant, or Glenn McGrath to help the fast bowlers.advertisement “We’ve got a lot of spinners coming through who I’ve helped in an informal role. And I’m more than happy to help in a formal basis if required,” he said. “Why not ask Glenn McGrath, offer him a contract to help with the fast bowlers. “We are not playing the Australian way at the moment, at any level.” Warne said “we just think we are going to produce cricketers” but argued that would not happen until the right people were involved and the right environment was put in place. He advocated more game time for top players in the Sheffield Shield and said: “Stop the Twenty20 greed.” “The talent in Australia is good. It comes back to how they are being taught to play, more importantly the style they are being taught to play,” he added. (AFP) ATKATK
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Residents have expressed outrage to Magnetic Media that a man convicted of one of the most frightening and infamous home invasions of about a decade ago, was on the weekend released after serving his time without notice to the general public. Robert Jackson, who had appealed the conviction and claimed he was framed with fabricated evidence in the case where a Blue Mountain couple was terrorized, robbed and the woman rapped is now a free man. Civilians had joined in the search for Jackson, who was born in Grand Turk and raised in the US but returned to the TCI after committing a serious felony in the United States. Jackson reportedly not remorseful, Officials contacted At the time, then Commissioner Edward Hall said there was nothing to be done about the return of Jackson to the Turks and Caicos despite his Haitian parentage. It was expressed to Magnetic Media that the public should have been notified of the release of Jackson, who in 2008 turned himself in after a national manhunt was launched. Robert ‘Black’ Jackson was not alone on the night in question, the second man, was never caught it appears. Recommended for you At this point, Jackson has served his time and hopefully he has changed his ways. Related Items:Blue Mountain couple terrorized, Robert Jackson, TCI residents concerned about release of 2008 most wanted man
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The #15 bodies which were retrieved from TCI waters after a suspected illegal Haitian boat capsized in waters off Provo in January are returned home now; left the country yesterday on a chartered flight to the tune of $30,000. Haitian Consular, #Wencesclass Lambert told media in a debriefing this afternoon that the full bill was paid by the Haitian government. Lambert was thankful to the Turks and Caicos Government for its assistance in getting the bodies of the seven men and eight women home, adding that the repatriation of the deceased Haitians was not sooner because bodies were only recently released to the Government of Haiti in mid-April; they were being held at the TCI morgue. The diplomat, who is stationed in Providenciales, took the opportunity to discourage illegal residency by his people and said he believes the illegal migration of Haitians to the TCI is a part of a more sinister human smuggling ring which the Haitian government is currently investigating.#MagneticMediaNews#15bodiesflownbacktoHaiti#WencesclassLambert Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#15bodiesflownbacktoHaiti, #magneticmedianews, #WencesclassLambert
Depending on your perspective, the at tech market is either consolidating, and PubMatic’s acquisition plans bear that out, or there are some public offerings in the near future—or both. “The marketing automation landscape is overly fragmented with too many point solutions,” notes PubMatic co-founder and CEO Rajiv Goel in a statement. All Things D’s Peter Kafka points out that Google bought PubMatic competitor AdMeld last year and two other big ad tech firms AppNexus and the Rubicon Project are jockeying for a public offering. If a deal for any of these players is in the offing, reports are pointing fingers at Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon and AOL as potential, and deep-pocketed, buyers. Last November, Condé Nast partnered with AdMeld to form its own private ad exchange, signing eBay and Macy’s as its first customers. Digital ad tech company PubMatic announced this week that it raised a big chunk of funding— $45 million—led by August Capital. The infusion, says the company, will allow it to fortify its balance sheet, but also continue to make acquisitions in a market that is clearly heating up. PubMatic’s current investors—the company raised a $7.5 million series C in 2010, at the time brining total capital investment to $18 million—Draper Fisher Jurveston, Nexus Venture Partners, Helion Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank were also part of the mezzanine deal. The company helps publishers manage and sell their ad inventory through a real-time bidding engine. According to PubMatic, revenues have shot up 150 percent year-over-year, and it recently launched PubLink, a mobile monetization platform.
Up close with the HTC Vive Pro HTC $499 Mobile Mobile Accessories Gaming Accessories Gaming Video Games Virtual Reality Apps Mentioned Above HTC Vive The info follows HTC last week unveiling the look of the Vive Cosmos, which will come with a flip-up design, six cameras, detachable headphones, a faceplate and a vented front. Billed as a premium PC VR system, the Cosmos, first teased at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in January, will have “striking graphics [and] lifelike sound,” HTC said Friday.The company also touted its new tracking system. 1:47 Review • HTC Vive review: Yes, this is the best VR experience, if you’ve got the space “With wide and accurate tracking, gesture controls and a six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) headset and controller setup, Vive Cosmos promises a deeply engaging VR experience,” HTC said.The system can be used straight out of the box with minimal setup and also features a more comfortable headset with soft, light and breathable material, HTC said. The company also unveiled new Vive controllers that it called gamer-friendly, versatile and practical. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: See It 0 Walmart 9 Photos The Vive Cosmos display is 88% higher res than HTC’s original VR headset. HTC HTC has revealed a few more details about its upcoming Vive Cosmos, calling the virtual reality headset its “most impressive” yet. The Cosmos will enable VR at 90 frames per second, and a display with 88% higher resolution than the original HTC Vive.The LCD display will have a 2880×1700 combined resolution. It’ll also have real RGB panels and more subpixels for 40% improved lens clarity over its original VR headset.It also comes with a swappable faceplate, so you can update it with future versions. Still no word on when it will launch, or how much it will cost. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,… Share your voice $689 HTC Vive Preview • Here’s what it’s like to use the HTC Vive, the $799 VR headset that you can preorder today VR games you need to start playing right away Tags See it VR games on CNET
Asian share markets swept lower Monday after Wall Street suffered its worst starting week in history and doubts over Beijing’s economic competence sent investors into the arms of the safe-haven yen and sovereign bonds.The absence of Tokyo for a holiday only made liquidity even harder to come by, heightening volatility. Currency markets saw some wild swings with the South African rand collapsing to record lows at one point before bouncing.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS sank 2%, as did Australia’s main index . E-mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 were down 0.7% in a sizable move for Asian hours.Commodities remained on the ropes as Brent crude oil LCOc1 shed another 74 cents to $32.81 a barrel. US crude CLc1 was quoted 71 cents lighter at $32.45.China was again the epicenter of unease as the People’s Bank confounded analysts by guiding the yuan sharply stronger, a move that might calm concerns about a competitive devaluation but only added to market confusion as to Beijing’s ultimate intent.Equity investors seemed less than reassured with the Shanghai Composite Index and the CSI300 index both falling around 1% in erratic early trade.Perceived missteps by the authorities in managing the share and currency markets have led to concerns Beijing might lose its grip on economic policy too.That heightened tensions ahead of trade data on Wednesday where further declines are expected in exports and imports, underlining just how anemic world trade flows are right now.Both the Dow and S&P 500 had their worst five-day starts in history last week, and the corporate news flow is unlikely to get any cheerier with the coming results season expected to be a tough one.S&P 500 earnings are forecast to have dropped 4.2% in the fourth quarter, a second straight quarterly decline led by the hard-hit energy and materials sectors.The pain in stocks and worries over China even outweighed the positive impact of December’s upbeat US payrolls report and burnished the appeal of higher-rated government bonds.Yields on 10-, 7-, and 3-year US Treasuries all had their biggest weekly declines since early October last year, while five-year yields dropped by the most since September 2013.The gains continued on Monday with US 10-year Treasury futures TYc1 up a solid 6 ticks, while Fed fund futures were pricing in a shallower upward path for rates.In currency markets, the main beneficiary was the yen which is often favored in times of stress as Japan remains the world’s largest creditor nation.The dollar fell half a yen to a near five-five month low of 116.70 yen in early trade, before steadying around 117.13.Dealers said Japanese investors seemed to be bailing out of long positions in the South African rand by selling rand for dollars and then those dollars for yen.That saw the dollar surge as much as 10.3% at one stage to 17.9950 rand, before tracking back to 16.7205. That was still up sharply from 16.3150 late on Friday.The euro was well supported at $1.0940 while the dollar index dipped 0.26 percent to 98.281.