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Green Mountain Coffee donates $10,000 to support wellness program

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) has given $10,000 to support the South Burlington School District’s Wellness and Resiliency Program.The program, which includes approximately 100 teachers, addresses wellness and learning through stress management and mindfulness techniques. These techniques are brought into the classroom as part of the student’s regular curriculum.“Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been a leader in developing wellness programs that include mindfulness training and yoga within their company. Shinzen Young, who leads GMCR’s mindfulness training and retreats, is also working with the South Burlington teachers”, says Talk About Wellness coordinator, Marilyn Neagley.  “Training our youth in exercising calming practices and stress management increases their ability to learn and process information as well as deal with the day-to-day stress of social situations that are part of being a student.” GMCR showed particular interest in the South Burlington School District’s teacher and teen retreats being offered.A teen wellness retreat for three high schools, South Burlington, Burlington and Champlain Valley Union is being offered this summer at Omega Institute. The Talk About Wellness initiative is offering partial to full scholarships thanks to grants from Wind Ridge Publishing and the Ferguson Foundation.Source: GMCR. 2.26.2010last_img read more

Jamaica named world’s leading cruise and honeymoon destination

first_img Share LifestyleTravel Jamaica named world’s leading cruise and honeymoon destination by: – January 17, 2012 24 Views   no discussions Dr Wykeham McNeill. Photo credit: caribjournal.comKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has described Jamaica’s resounding success at the 2011 World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on January 11 in Doha, Qatar, as a ‘monumental achievement’. Jamaica won the coveted award for World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, and was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination.Several of Jamaica’s resorts and travel partners were also big winners, being recognized as the: World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company (Sandals Resorts International), World’s Leading Tourism Development Project (Port Authority of Jamaica – Port of Falmouth), World’s Leading Hotel Villas (Round Hill Hotel and Villas), World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Group (Island Outpost), World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive (Beaches Resorts) and World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company (Island Routes).McNeill said, “I am extremely pleased that despite intense competition Jamaica has won these prestigious and much sought after awards. Scoring these victories at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards is a monumental achievement, and is proof that despite our size Jamaica remains a ‘world-beater’ in the global travel industry. This achievement is testament to the tireless efforts to effectively market destination Jamaica, while at the same time developing the critical infrastructure needed to ensure that visitors are offered the experience of a lifetime, one which will encourage them to return again and again.”McNeill continued, “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all our resorts, travel partners and all the other stakeholders who have contributed to this accomplishment. These awards reaffirm that Jamaica remains a very attractive destination, and at the forefront of global tourism. I am confident that they will aid significantly in building brand Jamaica and in the marketing of our magnificent destination.”Director of Tourism John Lynch added, “As a destination, we’re honoured to be recognized as the world’s top honeymoon and cruise destination. I also want to congratulate our on-island partners which have also had world recognition in their various areas, demonstrating the strength of the destination. These awards serve as an endorsement of our combined and vigorous efforts to promote the destination worldwide. They reflect our commitment to providing top-notch offerings for visitors from around the world.” Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Hofstra enduring season of arrests, injury, suspensions

first_img Published on February 12, 2013 at 12:55 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Shocked. Surprised. Disappointed. Those were the emotions Mo Cassara felt when four of his players were arrested in late November. “Certainly it’s nothing that anybody ever expects or knows exactly how to handle,” Cassara said. “But we’ve tried to move forward as best we can.”In Cassara’s third season as Hofstra’s head coach, he and the Pride (6-18, 3-8 Colonial Athletic Association) are enduring a season full of hardship and adversity. On Nov. 30, four Hofstra players were arrested, charged with burglary and suspended from the university. The Pride also expected Connecticut transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel to be one of the conference’s premier players, but knee injuries and surgeries have sidelined him for the entire year. Sophomore guard Shaquille Stokes and freshmen Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin were each charged with at least one count of second degree burglary. Anglin was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence. The investigation is ongoing. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe charges stemmed from six alleged burglaries from Oct. 4 to Nov. 5, in which the suspects stole laptop computers, cell phones and cash from Hofstra dormitories. Some of the items were reportedly sold online, but an estimated $10,000 of items was recovered after the players were arrested. The four, who were all on athletic scholarships, were suspended from the team, classes, residence halls and facilities. “You know, people on the outside certainly want to assume that the kids that got in trouble were bad kids. They weren’t. They made some bad decisions. And why that is, I certainly can’t speak to that,” Cassara said, pointing out that the players each went through Hofstra’s admission and screening processes while being recruited. In Cassara’s first season two years ago, the Pride won 21 games, but regressed last year and finished 10-22, just 3-15 in the conference. The preseason expectation was that this season couldn’t be much worse than last season, senior guard Matt Grogan said, but at the start of the year, players knew they’d have to work hard to improve. The Pride lost two games on the road to start the season, then pulled off three consecutive wins at home, including a double-overtime, three-point victory over Marshall in which Stokes and Hall combined to scored 42 points. Perhaps the turnaround was underway.“It was great for our young guys, great for their confidence,” Grogan said. “And I thought we were just going to feed off of those three wins and keep improving.”In addition to Stokes and Hall’s abilities to score, Hall also grabbed 9.4 rebounds per contest, while Anglin and Washington were each averaging more than 14 minutes of playing time. But all of that was lost when the Nassau County police made their arrests and the Hofstra roster was left with nine scholarship players. Cassara was forced to add walk-ons to the team, one of whom – Adam Savion – played 24 minutes in a tightly contested matchup with Northeastern, the No. 1 team in the CAA, on Wednesday. The arrests, coupled with Coombs-McDaniel’s absence, severely disrupted the Pride’s rotation. “It really did,” Cassara said. “If you took five guys off Syracuse or five guys off Niagara, five guys off any team in the country, you’re going to struggle. Because not only do you have to move guys into different roles, but you also lose your depth. We got to play five guys out of position.”The situation is especially difficult, Cassara said, because he had to balance between resting the Pride’s limited bodies and working them hard in practice. Although Hofstra’s record may not depict it, the Pride has been competitive in most of its games, Cassara said. But the team needs to execute more efficiently down the stretch and play a full 40-minute game. Senior forward David Imes stressed the importance of trusting teammates and sacrificing. After the five regular season games remaining on the schedule, Hofstra’s looking forward to the CAA tournament, where it’s “anybody’s conference,” Grogan said. Postseason success would be a tremendous lift for a Hofstra program that’s been through so much this season: arrests, suspensions and injuries, plus Hurricane Sandy and the hysteria of hosting a presidential debate in October. “Just a variety of things have come up over the course of this year. It’s been really, really challenging,” Cassara said. “But I think you also coach your best at times and environments like this.”But to fully advance the Pride from the events of this year and give his team a fresh look next season, Cassara is tasked with filling his roster with talent while creating a new culture in Hofstra’s locker room.“We’re going to continue to find good, high-character student-athletes,” Cassara said. “We’re going to bring in a big class now and really change the shape and the face of this program with a young, energetic, great character group of guys. “That’s certainly my job and my mission now.” Comments Related Stories Injured Penn State guard Frazier leads from sidelinesPair of transfers provides scoring punch for California State Fullertoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Student nurse arrested for throwing hot water on woman

first_imgA student nurse attached to the Charles Roza School of Nursing in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was taken into Police custody on Friday, after she threw hot water on another woman.According to reports, the 20-year-old suspect of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, was taken into custody about 15:00h on Friday for injuring 19-year-old Shanyce Bynoe.Reports are the suspect and her boyfriend were conversing at his home at Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar, Linden, when Bynoe, who is allegedly also in a relationship with the young man went to his home.Guyana Times was told that the young man went to speak with the victim and the suspect, who was said to be cooking at the time, became upset. She then took the hot water from the stove and threw it on the victim. The teen was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) and was being treated for second-degree burns to her hands and chest.E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Linden Lord on Friday told this newspaper that Police were in the process of reviewing the medical condition of the victim to determine the way forward. The suspect remains in custody as investigations continue.last_img read more

Spinning Perata

first_img Instead of trying to blame Schwarzenegger, Perata and his ilk ought to start taking responsibility for their actions and get to work serving the public that employs them rather than the special interests that use them. No amount of spin is going to change that.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Schwarzenegger’s stated desire was to open the way for all state projects to make use of the “design-build” technique, which would speed construction and save money by taking road projects away from public employee unions. This is exactly what was done to get the San Fernando Valley’s Orange Line busway done on time and under budget. But if Perata actually believed the governor would veto the 405 bill, why did he close down the Senate without voting on it when he could have embarrassed Schwarzenegger into vetoing such sensible legislation? Perata now says the Senate will pass the bill when it reconvenes in January. If so, we’ll then get to see whether his predicted gubernatorial veto actually materializes. Somehow we doubt it. Design-build’s strongest opponents are public-employee unions – not exactly Schwarzenegger’s best friends. Given the experience with design-build on the busway, the process deserves to be tested on the 405, where getting the HOV lane completed faster and cheaper is clearly in the public interest. It’s been nearly a month since state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata adjourned the Senate a day early, having failed to take up crucial legislation that would have sped up construction of a car-pool lane on the northbound 405 Freeway through Sepulveda Pass. Yet nearly a month later, Perata is still trying to spin the issue and deflect responsibility for his failure. Last week, Perata tried to downplay to the whole saga, saying that, even if the Senate had approved the bill, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would have vetoed it. But it’s hard to imagine Schwarzenegger vetoing a popular legislation that’s crucial to the state’s getting $130 million in federal funds. Publicly, he’s said nothing to suggest that’s the case. last_img read more

VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE

first_imgVOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL: We had another superb weekend’s entertainment at Voodoo Venue – Donegal’s No 1 nightspot. At Voodoo revellers have the opportunity of sampling the sounds of Voodoo Lounge, Voodoo Club and Voodoo Vintage, that diversity which caters for all ages is what ultimately makes Voodoo Venue so unique in the entertainment industry.Every week Voodoo in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving ONE lucky reader that has been pictured enjoying themselves at Voodoo the chance to win FREE entry for FOUR and a bottle of CHAMPAGNE on their next visit to Voodoo.It’s simple – if you’re face is circled in the images above then you’ve WON.Simply contact Voodoo via their Facebook page to claim your prize NOW.VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: October 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Evolutionary Explanations Assume Evolution Explains

first_imgThe facility with which some evolutionary biologists appeal to almost magical powers of evolution to explain anything and everything is revealed in some recent science articles.  Whatever needs explaining is due to evolution – evidence or not.  These four examples can be considered representative of the genre.The evolution of shopping:  Both PhysOrg and Science Daily reported that shopping strategies of men and women show “evolution at work in the mall.”  After describing that men are better at orienteering but women at fine distinctions, the University of Michigan’s press release explained, “From an evolutionary perspective, it all harkens back to the skills that women used for gathering plant foods and the skills that men used for hunting meat.  The contrast emerges because of the different foraging strategies for hunting and gathering used throughout human evolution.”  No mention of which gene was mutated at what time, or why chimpanzees don’t shop like humans do.  Oblivious to those explanatory details, both news sources announced, “Male and female shopping styles are in our genes – and we can look to evolution for the reason.”The secret of long ape life:  PhysOrg and Science Daily again offered “the” scientific explanation for why we outlive chimpanzees: evolution.  “The difference, explains USC Davis School of Gerontology Professor Caleb Finch, is that as humans evolved genes that enabled them to better adjust to levels of infection and inflammation and to the high cholesterol levels of their meat rich diets” [sic; the sentence fragment is in both articles].  Evolution was stated in active verbs: “humans evolved” this or that.On the origin of human-caused species:  Don’t feed the birds if you don’t want to change their evolution.  New Scientist joined Science Daily and PhysOrg in warning us we may be altering our feathered friends’ evolution by feeding them.  “Our study documents the profound impact of human activities on the evolutionary trajectories of species,” said Martin Schaefer of the University of Freiburg.  “It shows that we are influencing the fate not only of rare and endangered species, but also of the common ones that surround our daily lives.”    Strangely, the articles did not say whether this is a good thing or not.  The tone of alarm suggests we humans are to blame for it.  But if humans are part of the evolutionary saga, as assumed above, why would this be of any concern at all?  Maybe Schaefer is being dispassionate about it.  One thing did make him excited, though: “This is a nice example of the speed of evolution,” he added.  “It is something that we can see with our own eyes if we only look closely enough.  It doesn’t have to take millions of years.”    The birds being studied, though, are both blackcaps, with all the same organs and capabilities.  Any classification of them as separate species will depend on one’s definition of species.  It is evident no new genetic information was produced by an evolutionary process.Abominable mystery, chapter 150:  Every once in awhile, science reporters like to give a progress report on Darwin’s “abominable mystery,” the origin of flowering plants (angiosperms).  Science Daily and PhysOrg continued the tradition, announcing triumphantly, “Today a study in Ecology Letters reveals the evolutionary trigger which led to early flowering plants gaining a major competitive advantage over rival species, leading to their subsequent boom and abundance.”  A careful look for the trigger, however, only turned up a model.  The model shows that increasing the density of leaf veins would have increased the efficiency of hydraulics, and presumably, allowed more photosynthesis.  “Their results revealed that an evolutionary transformation in the plumbing of angiosperm leaves pushed photosynthetic capacity to new heights,” the article claimed ecstatically.    But why didn’t that just make gymnosperms survive better?  Where did the distinctive seeds, flowers and leaves of angiosperms come from?  The assumption is that once a gymnosperm got a lucky mutation to increase vein density, evolution would take care of all the rest.  Meanwhile, gymnosperms seem to be doing just fine, growing taller than any angiosperm despite (by insinuation) having inferior hydraulics, outliving their better-veined descendants by thousands of years (sequoias, bristlecones), even surviving blizzard conditions at timberline that would quickly destroy garden tomato plants.The fact that no alternative explanations were presented for any of these phenomena gives the impression that the evolutionary explanation is the only scientific one. The only abominable mystery here is why people are still gullible to accept this explanatory drivel from the Darwinists.  This is what happens when storytelling is baptized into science, and alternative paradigms are outlawed.  It’s time to clean house.    The Climategate scandal is fascinating to witness just for its lessons about the history of science.  Here was another reigning consensus, protected from criticism, its skeptics ridiculed and marginalized for years.  Now, as some embarrassing facts have emerged from its protected enclave (little things like destroying evidence, altering computer code, keeping critics from being heard), spin doctors are madly at work to protect the consensus – the broadcast media by ignoring the scandal, the journals by attacking critics as morons and saying the “unfortunate incident” does nothing to change the fact of human-caused global warming.  Nature was dripping with indignation in its Editorial this week.  It called the skeptics “denialists” and angrily called them members of a fringe who will not change the “fact” of human-caused global warming (even though they said the human-caused part only exists in models, which, by definition, can be tweaked to produce desired outcomes).  On Saturday, the BBC News said the UN (the same UN that institutionalized one of the biggest scandals in history; see 05/12/2008 commentary) is defending the scandalized science, and UK Prime Minister is calling skeptics flat earthers.  Most of the Big-Science-Big-Government conglomerates are pushing even harder for their planned political decisions at Copenhagen as if the scandal is a mere kerfuffle that will soon blow over and can be safely ignored.    Almost all the criticisms – and they are loud and widespread – are coming from outside the establishment.  The Climategate story is unfolding as we write.  Whatever happens is sure to be instructive.  This could be the biggest scientific scandal of a lifetime (outside of Darwinism), and the biggest contest between the public and Big Science in decades.  If you see how this all works, you understand how the Darwin consensus maintains its grip on institutional science and the media – and what will be required to dislodge it.  Remember how the Darwinists acted when their career-destroying antics were exposed in the movie Expelled?  Not only did they show no shame, they blamed the whistleblowers!  They continued expelling with even more intensity.  The truthless are the ruthless.    Nothing will change unless citizens rise up and demand it.  The crooks are like deadbeat defendants who lost in court but refuse to pay damages, requiring the plaintiff to work overtime trying to collect – only much worse.  The perpetrators are going off to Copenhagen to try to make decisions that will negatively affect the livelihoods of billions of people on the basis that man-caused global warming is science – when the perpetrators should have resigned in shame already and the paradigm should have collapsed by now.  Can you believe it?  A myth resulting in the imposition of world government and the loss of your freedoms?  It sounds unthinkable, but it is a very real possibility.  At the very least, leaders should halt the summit and call for an extensive independent review of the situation in the wake of the Climategate revelations.    Don’t think for a minute this is about science.  It’s about power, and who has the right to “manufacture” knowledge – to produce the world view that determines how we will live our lives, who will be Keeper of the Myths of the culture, and who is allowed to hold the reins.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img4 April 2006Socioeconomic and political achievements, cultural diversity, a rich spread of languages, tourism and the challenges facing the country – this is what the latest edition of the South Africa Yearbook has to offer.Updated annually by the Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS), the extensive yet easy-to-read Yearbook is not only confined to government programmes, and is extensively used by academics.The Yearbook can be downloaded in PDF format from the GCIS website“It is a comprehensive source of reference about South Africa, and entails many other aspects such as culture, languages, sports and music,” says the editor, Delien BurgerSome 27 000 copies of the newly published 2005/06 edition will be distributed for free to schools.“We are getting an overwhelming response from schools since we started distributing it to them last year,” Burger says.She adds that the book is also a success abroad, revealing South Africa to be a country alive with possibility.“It reflects efforts by South Africans and government to build a better life for everyone.”The book consists of 23 chapters, an addendum, contact details of government departments, parastatals and diplomatic missions in South Africa and abroad.Recent legislation is also featured, along with a comprehensive index and pull-out map of South Africa, which includes the location of multipurpose community centres.Over the past few years, the book’s design and content has been radically improved.The third edition of the Pocket Guide to South Africa, a condensed version of the Yearbook, will be released next month.The Yearbook, pocket guide and a related CD-Rom can be ordered from STE Publishers on +27 11 484 7824. It is also available at leading book stores.Source: BuaNews Want to use this story on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

South Africa wins award for fight against malaria

first_img1 February 2016South Africa is one of 14 African countries to have received recognition for its fight against malaria during the 2016 African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Alma) meeting on 30 January as part of the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia.The 2016 Alma Awards for Excellence were given to:Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, and Swaziland for achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target for malaria;Rwanda, Senegal and Liberia for Performance in Malaria Control between 2011 and 2015;Mali, Guinea and Comoros for being the Most Improved in Malaria Control between 2011 and 2015.“These are impressive achievements,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a result of your vision of a malaria-free world.”These stats from the Alma shows where Africa is gaining ground in the fight against malaria. The green indicates a country on track, yellow indicates progress but more effort required while red shows countries that are not on track in the fight against malaria. (Image: Alma)South Africa’s progressIn South Africa, cases of malaria have decreased by 82%; and the malaria related death rate has dropped by 71% since the year 2000 to date.The decrease is attributed to a sound malaria vector control programme, in which the country has used dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane or DDT odourless insecticide for indoor residual spraying, coupled with other World Health Organization recommended interventions.“We are honoured to receive this 2016 Alma Award, which recognises the efforts that our programme in South Africa has made, not only in the past decade, but also investments we have made to fight malaria since the 1940s,” said President Jacob Zuma, who received the award.Collective effortSince 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa had fallen by 66% overall and 71% among children under the age of five, said the alliance.“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is a model for what we can do when we commit ourselves to a collective goal,” noted Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“Our progress is undeniable. This is what it looks like when we work together – this is how we build a better future for Africa.”Challenge continues“Despite the remarkable achievements, we should not lose sight that malaria remains a disease of poverty and a major public health concern, particularly in Africa,” said Hailemariam Dessalegn, Ethiopia’s prime minister and the current chair of Alma. “We must therefore continue to invest in malaria interventions in order to reduce malaria cases and deaths.”According to the organisation, there were 188 million case of malaria in Africa in 2015. “An African child still dies every two minutes from the disease,” it said.To see how each country fared, click here to read the 2015 fourth quarter report.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Let No One Tell You What To Do

first_imgIf you want to be successful, let no one ever tell you what to do.If someone has to tell you what your goals are, then the only goals you have are someone else’s goal.If someone has to tell you what your major responsibilities are, then you aren’t doing enough to be as successful as you might be.If someone has to remind you of what you need to do, you might be failing them, but more importantly you are failing yourself.Heaven forbid anybody ever having to tell you what to do. If someone has to tell you what to do, then you squandering the gift of being human and wasting your initiative, your resourcefulness, your creativity, and your determination.If you work for someone else, develop your own goals and define success for you above and beyond what your company needs you to do. Seek out new responsibilities, and take it upon yourself to find what needs to be done and do it. Be so proactive that no one will ever dare to remind you or tell you what to do. Do all of these things and you will soon find yourself in a leadership role.If you want to be an entrepreneur, own your own company, and do your own thing, there won’t be anyone there to tell you what to do. Unless and until you develop the ability to do what is necessary without ever being told what to do, you aren’t ready to strike out on your own. And until you are willing to do what must be done–even when you absolutely don’t want to–you’ll never reach the level of success of which you are capable.Learn from everyone. Seek out good advice. But let no one ever tell you what to do. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more