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A salute to veterans

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Are you a military veteran?In honor of Veterans Day, CUNA News will share stories of people in the credit union movement who have served in the military and how those experiences have shaped their credit union careers.Using the form on this page, please tell us about your military experience, what you learned from it, and how your experience has influenced you and your credit union career. continue reading »last_img read more

One of India’s fastest bowlers wants to make a comeback into the limited overs…

first_imgImage Courtesy: APAdvertisement 6zq64qNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7ou0v8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Es( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3brcqctWould you ever consider trying this?😱83mcCan your students do this? 🌚blvqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India has been on a stunning run. A 2-1 ODI series win against Australia at home, and now dominating the T20 series in the tour of New Zealand. The whole squad has been in tremendously good form, and guess who is wanting to join in on the fun? The superstar pacer Umesh Yadav, who’s foundation in the squad has been limited to red ball cricket.Advertisement Image Courtesy: APWhile being a regular in Test cricket, Umesh Yadav has missed out in recent limited over series. Since his last appearance for the international squad in the West Indies ODI series in October 2018, and T20 series against Australia back in February 2019, the pacer has not received any call ups for white ball format of the game, eventually missing out on the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.“I am desperate to play white ball cricket,” Yadav said in a recent interview with Times of India.Advertisement With the availability of options like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, along with Virat Kohli’s focus on using more spinners in limited overs cricket, Yadav has fallen down the pecking order, but is focusing on improving his performance in hopes of a return.The 32 year old continued: “Who wants to sit outside the ground? I am also human. I am working really hard and am very eager to play white ball cricket again. I got the chance in the 2015 World Cup and I was happy to perform well for my country.” Advertisement With 75 ODI caps since his debut in 2010, and only 7 caps in T20 international, the Royal Challengers Bangalore Star is eager to return to either formats: “Was disappointed when I was not included in the 2019 World Cup. Be it T20Is or ODIs, I eagerly want to make a comeback.”In the Bangladesh Test series back in November 2019, Yadav picked up a total of 12 wickets, with a stunning 5 wicket haul in the second innings of the final Test at Eden Gardens.“I am seriously looking forward to this. I am thankful to the selectors who gave me the opportunity to play for the country. They are the best judge. I am trying my best to make a comeback to white ball Cricket. For this, whatever I have to do, I will,” Yadav added.Also read-Umesh Yadav : Indian pacers have got their rhythm backSee which young star India’s batting coach has predicted a big future for! Advertisementlast_img read more

Donegal among worst for dog seizures over livestock worrying, figures reveal

first_imgNew figures have revealed that Donegal had the third highest number for dogs seized for livestock worrying over a five-year period. The figures released by the Irish Farmers Journal (IFA) show that Donegal County Council had to impound 45 dogs between 2015 and 2019, with Carlow (49) and Tipperary (66) the only counties with a higher amount of dog seizures.The data also revealed that 38 on-the-spot fines were issued as a result of livestock worrying and dog owners were fined a total of €2,900 over the last five years. In total, some 216 dogs have been seized by dog wardens and county councils for livestock worrying over the last five years.The IFA estimates that there are between 300 and 400 attacks per annum, with 3,000 to 4,000 sheep injured and/or killed.Sean Dennehy, IFA national sheep chairman, previously accused dog owners who allow their pets to roam without the restriction of acting in a reckless, selfish manner.He said: “Marauding dogs are a nationwide problem for sheep farmers, but flock owners in the Cooley Peninsula have been under siege from dog attacks,” he said. “In this blackspot, over 50 sheep have been killed and many more injured since the beginning of the year. In 2018, there were 18 attacks reported to the dog warden service in Co Louth and 31 dogs were seized in the Cooley region alone.“Dog owners can be held responsible for any losses from attacks on sheep, with serious financial and legal consequences. Farmers have a right to protect their sheep flock and can shoot a dog worrying, or about to worry, their flock.”Donegal among worst for dog seizures over livestock worrying, figures reveal was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Thunder, Saturday night

first_imgScroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game in Oklahoma City on Saturday for their rematch with the Thunder, who blew out Golden State in the second game of the season.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-7) vs. Thunder (3-5) at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT). TV: NBCS.ODDS: Thunder -12. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Thunder beat Warriors 120-92 in San Francisco on Oct. 27, 2019. WARRIORS UPDATE: D’Angelo Russell’s return from a …last_img

Jurassic Park Gets Overhaul

first_imgHow much do we understand the dinosaurs?  ABC News reported on some big-time updates and revisions being made to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History dinosaur exhibits.  The title of the article is, “Getting Their Dinosaur Facts Right, at Least for Now.”The problem is that even though the newest of the dinosaurs are 65 million years old, scientists’ understanding of them has been racing along, changing with each new find.  So the Carnegie staff has decided to dismantle – and rethink – its entire collection.    Our image of dinosaurs comes mostly from what one finds in old sci-fi films – big, lumbering creatures, dragging their tails on the ground.  In recent years, scientists have decided they were probably much more energetic and agile – and the way most fossils were displayed was wrong.    “Unfortunately, they don’t come with instruction manuals,” Matt Lamanna, a paleontologist at the museum, said with a smile.The project requires “a small army of painters, sculptors, welders and former museum staffers” to fix the newly-found errors and set the dinosaurs to rights.The scientists back then certainly had the best of intentions but not the best information.  Very few of the fossil skeletons they dug up were complete, so they made educated guesses, sometimes based on their knowledge of other species.This may satisfy the purists for now.  But the article speculated that “years from now, as the scientists learn more, they say they’ll probably have to change the exhibits all over again.”Evolutionists insist that some of their theory’s greatest strengths are the very driving forces of the theory itself: change and adaptation.  However, when an idea that you defend constantly changes, very few would consider that a strength.  Indeed, Charles Darwin himself would scarcely recognize his own theory today.   This is illustrated in scientific interpretations of dinosaurs.  When putting the bones together, they had to place the backs out of joint merely to fit with their beliefs of dinosaur skeletal structures – literally, forcing the evidence to match their theories.   Notably, the Carnegie collection itself has not changed.  Those old bones remain the same, and it is only evolutionists’ understanding that has changed.  And as ABC aptly pointed out, it will probably all need to be changed again mere generations from now – which means that even this updated display is probably wrong in ways we cannot recognize.  So what is racing along?  Understanding?  Scientific progress?  Human imagination?  The bones aren’t saying.  —DM(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Is Male Circumcision Healthy?

first_imgReligious traditions aside, science occasionally weighs in on whether circumcision is good or bad for males.Benefits for men: A paper in PLoS One says that men suffer fewer injuries during sex if they have been circumcised. Over 3,000 men in Kenya aged 18-24 years old were surveyed, half of them circumcised. Self-reporting indicated fewer injuries in the circumcised group, leading the five researchers to conclude,Self-reported penile coital injuries were common and decreased significantly following circumcision. Improving sexual experience through the removal of a potential source of sexual discomfort may resonate with many men targeted for circumcision services. The role of penile coital injuries in sexual satisfaction, HIV, HSV-2, and as a motivator for seeking circumcision services should be explored further.Benefits for women: An article in Medical Xpress claims that female partners of circumcised men suffer fewer sexually transmitted diseases and cancer risks. This was no small study:Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and global health nonprofit and Hopkins affiliate Jhpiego analyzed 60 publications and found consistent evidence that male circumcision is associated with decreased risk in women for cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, herpes simplex virus type 2 (the main cause of genital herpes), chlamydia, and syphilis. They also found additional evidence that male circumcision is associated with decreased risk for human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes cervical cancer and genital warts.Any claimed benefits of circumcision for the prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases can be rendered moot via a different practice: faithful monogamy.Neither article discussed the religious traditions behind male circumcision, which have a long history since ancient times. Female genital mutilation, by contrast, is a serious issue in discussions of women’s rights in Muslim countries where it is forcibly practiced. See Steinfeld and Earp’s piece on The Conversation about the different types of genital modification practices between males and females, and the controversies arising from these practices as modern attitudes confront ancient traditions. Steinfeld and Earp feel that alleged benefits of male circumcision are equivocal. Indeed, some men become quite agitated about having been ‘violated’ against their will, seeking to go as far as reconstructive surgery. They get some support from medical professionals like popular radio doctor Dean Edell, who has strongly opposed routine circumcision on the grounds it reduces a man’s sexual pleasure. How he could measure such a subjective experience seems dubious.Other MDs, such as the late Christian missionary doctor Paul Brand—an expert on leprosy—have looked for divine wisdom in the Biblical command that sons of Abraham be circumcised. In his classic book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, he showed that the 8th day after birth, when male children were brought to the Temple to be circumcised, was the time of least bleeding. He also argued that removal of the foreskin prevented transmission of diseases to women. News reports seem to waver pro and con on male circumcision, but the balance of evidence lately seems to be trending in favor of it.Christians need to be careful in pushing arguments too far for or against circumcision. For one thing, the requirement for circumcision was nullified by the gospel of Christ, as Paul states forcefully in his epistle to the Galatians (5:2-6, 6:15). It’s true he had Timothy circumcised (Acts 16:3) but that was not for spiritual merit, but in order to prevent a stumbling block to Jews in the team’s ministry to the church in Ephesus. To claim that circumcision was commanded for health reasons raises theological issues. Did God create a mistake that had to be removed for good health? To avoid that obviously false notion, an apologist would either have to argue that the foreskin became unhealthy after the Fall, or else God foreknew that He would be ordering circumcision for the Jews later. The latter seems dubious, not only because the command was not universal, but it came some 2,000 years after Adam (according to conservative Biblical dating). Also, if it was given for health reasons, why did Paul emphasize that it was meaningless? One must also recognize that circumcision has been widely practiced by non-Abrahamic tribes including ancient Egyptians and in parts of Asia and Africa. It seems obvious, too, that the practice has not had a measurable impact on fertility between people groups.Christians are not alone in having philosophical issues with circumcision. Evolutionists need to ask why natural selection created a body part that reduces fitness, if indeed the foreskin facilitates the transmission of disease and needs to be removed. So why does the foreskin exist? Does anyone know? There are conundrums on both sides. For Bible believers, the best explanation seems to be that it was created to protect the more sensitive glans, but has degenerated since the Fall to become a habitat for harmful microbes. That would make the conundrum similar to explaining other forms of natural evil, like parasitism. Historically and theologically, the foreskin seems to have become a symbol of one’s old life that could be removed without lasting harm, as a type of casting off of the flesh through a blood sacrifice for sin. Its location right at the point of the reproduction of the human race seems significant. Secondarily, it was a sign of God’s calling out of the Jews to be His special covenant people. (How many others would ever see that sign, other than God, the man and his wife, is unclear, unless the men in those days washed or worked unclad on occasion, which seems rare in that culture; but by Greek and Roman times, the popularity of the baths would have made it inescapable to Jews who participated.) We know that circumcision was a source of great national pride to Hebrew men. Paul boasted of his former life as an exemplary Jew that he had been circumcised on the 8th day (Philippians 3:5). Jews looked with disdain on the ‘uncircumcised’ Gentiles, an attitude early Christians had to learn to overcome (Acts 11). But on the downside, appearing different before other men could have become a source of persecution in the face of their uncircumcised enemies.About the only advice we can give for Christians these days is to come to your own reasoned opinion, understanding that historical attitudes don’t matter to us, and more importantly, that the gospel renders circumcision devoid of theological value. Christianity neither requires circumcision nor forbids it. Parents may want to consider whether not circumcising might submit their boy to ridicule in middle school locker rooms these days, but must also look further down the road to consider whether as a man that child may become angry at having been ‘mutilated’ without his consent. The above articles may inform parents whether circumcision has health value for the man and his future wife. Whatever is decided, it should be for scientific reasons, not theological reasons. If worried Christian parents choose it to ‘cover the bases’ of Biblical commands, they need to consider Paul’s admonition, “I testify again to every man who receives circumcision [i.e., as a spiritually meritorious act], that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.” The gospel of Christ precludes any external works. That was even true of saving faith in the Old Testament. Both Moses and Jeremiah preached that God overwhelmingly desires circumcising the heart (figuratively speaking), not the flesh. In the family of God through Jesus Christ, an uncircumcised Gentile can be ‘circumspect’ in character. That’s what matters to God. It always has—for men and women. (Visited 617 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Finding Tweets that Matter to You: My6sense Launches New iPhone App

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… My6sense just announced a new version of its iPhone application that can automatically highlight the most relevant tweets from the users you follow. The mytweetsense feature learns from the user’s implicit and explicit actions and builds a model of what is interesting to the individual user. Mytweetsense works best for tweets that include links. The app’s features are clearly geared towards these kind of tweets and include previews for links, videos and images.The default view in the app displays all the recent tweets you received according to relevancy. You can also switch to a chronological view of your timeline and the app allows users to easily reshare content on Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed, as well as by email.Finding Relevant Tweets The app trains itself. My6sense just watches what links you click on, and which articles you retweet or share on other social networks. It takes a little bit of training, but if our experience with the my6sense RSS reader is any indication, the results are surprisingly good. We got a chance to talk to Barak Hachamov, the company’s founder and CEO at LeWeb earlier today. According to Hachamov, my6sense creates an extremely detailed personal profile of every user. It’s important to note that mytweetsense mostly looks at the content of the links that you receive in your Twitter stream. While the app has an option to turn on the relevancy algorithm for tweets without links, the service works best when it can work with the additional information that is implicit in these links.Twitter lists and smarter real-time search engines have made it easier to keep up with the constant stream of updates on Twitter, but this is still a random stream of information. My6sense’s iPhone app may not replace your favorite Twitter app right now, but it’s a great tool to catch up on your tweets if you have been offline for a few days. You do, however, have to use it for a few days before so you can get the best experience. The app first has to get to know you, after all. Tags:#news#web Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Here’s Video Of Jim Harbaugh Wearing Michigan State Gear In 1999

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins.COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines (L) jogs off the fiedl with his brother Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) following halftime of the Michigan and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)It’s a safe bet that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, who also played for the Wolverines, isn’t a fan of Michigan State. But for at least one day in 1999, he intentionally wore Spartan green. This week, WXTZ-TV in Detroit unearthed footage of Harbaugh celebrating with the 1999 Michigan State basketball team during their national title run.Why does this exist? Harbaugh’s sister, Joani, is married to Tom Crean, who was then MSU’s assistant coach. Crean is now the head coach at Indiana.Harbaugh probably isn’t thrilled that this footage exists. But if his team beats MSU tomorrow, he probably won’t care.last_img read more

DRAKEAFFILIATED PICK 6IX TORONTO RESTAURANT TO REOPEN AS A SPORTS BAR

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement A statement says the restaurant closed that summer “for renovations following extensive damage from a storm.”The upcoming Pick 6ix Sports is touted as having a brand-new look and feel with a revamped menu from executive chef Ivan Bailey.The statement says offerings include “elevated bar classics” such as burgers, pizza, wings, and beef brisket nachos.An exact date for the reopen hasn’t been released.Pick 6ix is located on the southern stretch of tourist-friendly Yonge Street, steps from Union Station, the financial district and the Air Canada Centre.The Canadian Press The downtown venue, previously called Pick 6ix, launched in January 2018 with an event featuring Drake and basketball stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook TORONTO — A Toronto restaurant affiliated with hip-hop superstar Drake is set to reopen later this month with a new contemporary sports bar concept.A news release says Pick 6ix Sports will have a renovated space and “new menu featuring fresh, modern pub fare.” Twitterlast_img read more

Seattle and Alberta offer lessons for Ontario on Fight for 15 min

first_imgTORONTO – Protests, labour unrest and a public feud between Tim Hortons and the premier of Ontario have erupted in the wake of the province’s recent minimum wage hike, raising questions about the wisdom of raising the standard by 30 per cent in just two years.The experiences of Alberta and Seattle, two jurisdictions that share Ontario’s $15 an hour goal, offer some lessons on how to adjust to a higher minimum wage: that is, if Ontario businesses can weather the short-term storm.Ontario’s rate increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 — a 21-per-cent jump— on Jan. 1. The province aims to get to $15 by Jan. 1, 2019.Measures taken to offset Ontario’s changes have landed several businesses, including the country’s iconic Tim Hortons, in hot water after it was revealed that some franchisees cut employee benefits, breaks or tipping to offset the impact of minimum wage hikes.A similar scene unfolded three years ago in Seattle when that city’s minimum wage legislation went into effect.The city committed to phasing in a $15 minimum wage increase, using a tiered system that gives small businesses several more years to adjust than large corporations.Still, reports suggest some businesses levied surcharges to cover higher wages, while others discouraged customers from tipping.The backlash has mostly subsided, but economists are divided on what the early findings suggest about the economic fallout from the substantially higher standard.A University of Washington study published last year revealed Seattle’s wage hike triggered higher salaries but a reduction of hours for lower earners, with a net effect of reducing low-wage workers earnings by $125 per month.However, the research methods of the study have been called into question by some economists who argue that it failed to account for a booming economy that pushes more workers into higher paid jobs, resulting in a decrease of hours for minimum wage workers.The University of California, Berkeley, published a conflicting report around the same time finding the predicted doomsday scenarios had not materialized.“So far there is nothing alarming happening in Seattle due to minimum wage,” said Sylvia Allegretto, one of the authors of the report.“Certainly we don’t see any effects to be concerned or worried about.”The June 2017 study by Allegretto and two colleagues on Seattle’s restaurant industry found that for every 10 per cent that the minimum wage rose, pay in the overall industry rose by about one per cent, with no impact on employment.Allegretto said she’s working on updating the study, which will contain observations from five other cities rolling out minimum wage increases — including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.A broader U.S. study published in May 2016 from the National Employment Law Project looking at 22 federal minimum wage hikes over seven decades found no connection between wage increases and dips in employment rates. It further revealed that in 68 per cent of the cases examined between 1938 and 2009, employment jumped after a hike.Elsewhere in Canada, companies in Alberta appear to be adjusting to the hike from $12.20 to $13.60 last October and are getting ready for plans to further increase it to $15 this year.James Boettcher, the CEO of Calgary ice cream purveyor Fiasco Gelato, said Ontario businesses will see challenges with the hike, but “good companies will find a way to make it work.”Still, he said he’s frustrated that governments haven’t taken tipping into account or considered a lower wage for teenagers still attending school or living at home when it comes to setting new standards for minimum wage.Carolina Lopez, owner of Calgary’s Minas Brazilian Steakhouse, initially tacked on a four per cent “small business support fee” to bills after the province’s minimum wage hike but instead decided to raise menu prices after receiving some backlash. At her own favourite restaurants, she said she’s seen “a decrease in the quality of the product and the amount.”To Ontario business owners she said to remember: “There is always a way, but there is also a limit and it won’t be easy.”last_img read more