IMC formed for Young Warriors Cricket Club of Berbice

first_imgIn a move to arrest the rapid decline of the Young Warriors Cricket Club of Berbice, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been formed — last weekend — to bring the club back to its former glory.Former BCB President Anil Beharry sits front and centre in a photo op with the newly instated Interim Management Committee of the Young Warriors Cricket ClubBased in Cumberland, East Canje, the Club has only recently produced its first Test player in Shimron Hetmyer, and current players and concerned members of the community have called on its former players, senior administrators and former Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) President, Anil Beharry, to help this process.In an invited comment, Beharry said it was bleeding his heart to see how, after over two decades of progress, the club had declined so rapidly within a short period of time. He said he had been closely following the work of the club, and was so disappointed that the club could not even put together a first division team in most cases, thereby missing out on a few junior tournaments run by the Board.Beharry added that many of the players were also fed-up at the decline of the infrastructure, and were pleading for assistance for the club, which he was acceding to.He said now is the time for the club to strive further, after producing a star like Hetmyer, only the second cricketer from the Canje area, after Leonard Baichan, to play international cricket for the West Indies.Beharry promised he would do what it takes to firstly regain the confidence of the club’s supporters, and then produce better resources.The committee of concerned members includes Suresh Sripal, Roshan Sattaur, Vishal Mohabir, Suno, Seon Hetmyer, Suresh Dhanai and Linden Austin.Amir Khan will be the designated Secretary; Kwasi Maltay coach; Gladstone Hetmyer and Satanand Mohabir will share the work of the post of Manager. Austin will head the venue preparation, with Sripal in charge of the finance. Repairs and preparation of the venue have already begun.There are also plans for renovation and repainting of the buildings, purchasing of covers for the pitch, and procurement of a tractor to cut the outfield.The club is asking for assistance in any form to fulfill its plans. The members also promised the return of Mash Cup for 2019. Contact can be made with Beharry on 592-623-6875 or email abeharry1970@yahoo.com, or any other club member, if one wishes to support the cause.last_img read more

SETI: Search for Educational Targets Inc.

first_imgSETI may be the laughingstock of Congress, refused funding since William Proxmire gave it his Golden Fleece Award in the 1980s, but privately it is moving apace.  The Science Channel gave it prominence in its weekly report Friday, visiting with pioneering signaler and listener Frank Drake.  It surveyed everything from the first humble attempts to listen and broadcast, to the upcoming hardware and software that will increase the search capability exponentially.    For SETI Thursday on Space.com, Pamela Harman, SETI Education and Outreach Manager for the SETI Institute, detailed the many ways her organization is teaching the young about SETI and all its ancillary subjects.  In particular, the SETI Institute and its like-minded organizations are teaching teachers how to provide the foundation for SETI thinking, with courses like Understanding and Teaching Evolution, Extreme Life Forms on Earth and Elsewhere, Becoming Human: Hominid Evolution from Voyages Through Time, and Origins: The Questions in Life Science.  “Our astrobiology expertise is of great interest,” she said, “as the perpetual student lament ‘Why does this matter?’ can be answered.”  Her answer recalls Carl Sagan’s famous phrase.  “The response in all disciplines from astronomy and physics, to chemistry and biology is ‘We are star stuff!’”Speak for yourself, babe.  This oft-repeated line suggests a modification of the old distinction between stuff and junk.  Junk is the stuff natural selection throws away, and stuff is the junk natural selection keeps.    Aside from the fact that it is hard to envision any teenager getting excited over being told he or she is star stuff – unless they think their talent has finally been recognized – the reductionist, naturalistic philosophy inherent in this epigram betrays profound ignorance of western philosophy going back millennia.  Only recently have materialists gained ascendency in intellectual circles, and atheistic materialism permeates SETI through and through.  Their forefathers are Democritus, Lucretius and Epicurus, with few takers till John Locke and David Hume built their systems on sense experience alone.  Others dabbling with atheistic materialism were shunned or outmaneuvered with trenchant rational arguments by philosophers as varied as Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, Thomas Reid, and Immanuel Kant.  Even most Enlightenment deists did not deny a rational design principle in the universe.  The early Newtonians and proponents of the mechanical philosophy were nearly all Christians to various degrees.  They never would have suggested that “star stuff” gave rise to the rational human soul.    Without even considering the long history of theological arguments for natural theology, great philosophers have long debunked atheism with finesse.  Thomas Reid and Kant, for example, undermined the empiricist viewpoints of the materialists from first principles.  They argued forcefully that such views are reductionist and self-refuting.  To even speak about observation and empiricism presupposes a rational power that is not reducible to sense experience.  In addition, nothing inherent in the physical mechanisms of the body can account for the operation the mind or grant its rational arguments legitimacy.  The same arguments can be wielded just as effectively today against the modern materialists.  Unfortunately, they rarely get a hearing.  Atheists routinely run amok in the science journals with tall tales about game theory producing human morals, DNA developing into souls, and collections of neurons generating the mind.  The peer review process fails to call them on the carpet for illogic or carelessness, and so they get away with it; why?  Because Darwin’s bulldogs succeeded long ago in gaining control of the scientific institutions and codifying their world view into the very definition of science.    SETI is part and parcel of a conspiracy to create a culture of materialists.  If it were not so, they would engage their critics and opponents in serious debate.  Instead, just like the astrobiologists and evolutionary psychologists, they shun scrutiny and usurp authority by co-opting the banner of “science” and conflating their materialism with the otherwise worthy goals of scientific research.  To a person, they idolize Father Charlie, because he liberated them from the need for both scientific and philosophical rigor.  Without apologies to Dawkins, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually-foolfilled atheist.    Now that the Intelligent Design Movement has mounted the first volleys against the Darwinist naturalistic empire, the materialists are resorting to subterfuge instead of honorably engaging their opponents on the intellectual battlefield.  Pamela Harman has revealed that a huge educational program for the recruitment of young minds into philosophical materialism is underway: the Search for Educational Targets to Indoctrinate.  All that is necessary for foolishness to triumph is for good philosophers to think nothing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Startup Bus: Is This How Outsiders See Startup Culture?

first_imgLast week The Startup Bus announced some changes to their original plans, allowing for 40 spots on the bus, which could just be for mentors, investors and journalists on top of the 12 main participants. By more than doubling the number of people riding the bus, its uncertain if they will still be able to secure a motor coach with beds, something they had originally planned. Regardless of the amenities, however, sleeping on a bus doesn’t come easy, beds or no beds.Issues have risen from collaboration events in the past surrounding intellectual property; when a group of people come together on an idea, who’s to say who owns it? The Startup Bus is tackling this problem by having participants auction off ideas to the highest bidder at the end of the trip, an interesting solution to IP disputes. But enough about The Startup Bus, this article really isn’t about them. This isn’t meant to be critical of their experiment, or of the man in Australia, or any other startup “challenge” for that matter. In fact, The Startup Bus actually seems like a interesting experiment in entrepreneurship that could leave the participants with lessons they will carry with them into their futures. Additionally, these groups are providing a unique experience that can actually foster good ideas through collaboration of entrepreneurs, programmers and business people. The real question here is do these kinds of experiments ultimately benefit the overall startup community? Or do they give a false impression about the time, dedication and persistence that are required to start a successful company? Are people outside of the startup culture receiving the wrong impression about the seriousness and validity of startups? Granted, the conclusion of events like these marks only the beginning for a possible company or product, but does the haste in which these groups and ideas are thrown together speak to their overall quality? Eric Woodward of Nambu made his opinion on this matter clear Monday night in his Twitter status below. Tags:#events#start Related Posts chris cameron Is Woodward right to be critical of The Startup Bus? Or is he missing the broader point? I would argue that events like these do have a benefit, especially to those directly involved. The mentorship received by the participants at Startup Weekend is certainly enough to make it worthwhile, not to mention the potential created by having a large group of smart people all in one room. When smart people get together, good things happen. The Startup Bus could certainly replicate this experience, but the challenges of being on a bus will undoubtedly make things tricky.However, one could also argue that these benefits come at a price by creating a false sense of what starting a company requires, though I doubt any of these events or organizations are actually trying to belittle these ideals. I’ll be interested to see what kinds of ideas manage to be built and launched by the Startup Bus participants when the group arrives at SXSW in a few weeks. This issue is bound to draw strong opinions on both sides, and that’s not a bad thing. Please let us know how you feel about this issue in the comments below. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Monday evening I was made aware of a particularly interesting promotion that will be taking place over the course of two days before South by Southwest (SXSW). The event, or tour, is called The Startup Bus, and will challenge 12 participants to create as many tech startups as possible during a 48 hour bus ride from San Francisco to SXSW in Austin. The question this event raises in my head is whether these “beat-the-clock” entrepreneurship experiments are actually healthy for the broader startup culture.This event isn’t the first of its kind; in fact, it closely resembles the Startup Weekend event series, just on wheels and with fewer people. We also reported back in January on an Australian man who was attempting to create and launch a startup in a week with just $500. Going solo is a little different than collaborating with a large group of entrepreneurs with the guidance of experienced mentors, which has helped Startup Weekend produce several success stories from their events. It’s unclear whether The Startup Bus will host a similar makeup of entrepreneurs and mentors, but what is clear is that they will face many challenges on the road to Austin.The participants will be crammed into a crowded bus for two days – not an ideal environment for constructive thought, at least not after the first day or so. A few years ago I took a two day bus ride of similar length from Madison, Wisconsin to my home in Phoenix, Arizona. I can attest that being on a bus (even a nice bus) for that long is not the most pleasant experience. I could have flown home, but I thought that a two-day bus ride with friends would be fun, and it was, but it was also exhausting. Sleeping, at least for me, was near impossible, and the claustrophobic nature of being packed elbow-to-elbow with 40-60 people (people I would even consider close friends) does not leave your brain in a great state, let alone foster the kind of critical thinking required by great entrepreneurs. 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Is Denver a New Kind of Tech Town? Positively.

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Denver Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Follow the Puck Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Denver has long been the playground of craft brewers and the outdoorsy types, but thanks to a booming economy, growing metro area, and intelligent workforce, it’s now also a technology hotspot. Yet unlike Silicon Valley with its cut-throat reputation, Denver is a *different* kind of tech town: one that’s as supportive as it is smart, an idea as refreshing as the Rocky Mountain air.It’s no secret that Denver’s a peak business destination. U.S. News and World Report named it a top place to live in 2018 based on a healthy job market, cost of living, and perception as a desirable place to live, and Forbes includes Denver among the nation’s best cities for business and careers. What’s new is the influx of tech over the past decade in the form of startups, incubators, and innovative companies — and the welcoming community that greets them. “Anyone’s welcome here, as long as they remember to be kind, give back, and respect our nature,” says Lizelle van Vuuren, founder of celebrated learning platform Women Who Startup.Like other technology hotspots, Metro Denver has become a connected sprawl, drawing in places like Boulder, Centennial, and Louisville. And the area is booming; according to the Denver Chamber of Commerce, the region added about 39,000 jobs in 2017 and employment growth was 1.2 percentage points higher than the national average.The City of StartupsMany of those jobs have been created by startups. The Denver Business Journal reports ventured capitalists invested a record $1.1 billion in Colorado startups in 2017. But the VCs have had plenty to choose from over the years; the original Startup Week took place in Boulder in 2007. (It was so successful that the founding company, Boulder’s Techstars, is now running Startup Weeks globally.) What makes the area so great for startups? “Greater Denver has everything an entrepreneur might need, most importantly population density and free thinkers,” says Brad Feld, Co-Founder of Techstars and Managing Director at Foundry Group. “You’ve got all of the resources here, but none of the ego.”And then there’s the “other” startup week — Denver Startup Week — an unrelated conference which has become the country’s largest free entrepreneurial event; this year’s event boasts 20,000 attendees and 376 sessions (chosen from 1200 submitted). This one is unique in that the entire thing is run by a community of passionate volunteers who manage the agenda, content, and more. Founders Ben Deda and Erik Mitisek — both University of Denver alums — drew on the area’s supportive nature in creating the event: “Whether you’re talking sports, business, skiing, or technology, Denver is such a supportive place. I’ve always been taken by the idea of collective community leadership, and this is a perfect example of what can happen when a community collaborates to support all walks of entrepreneurs,” says Mitisek.Leading the Internet of ThingsThanks to a great deal of those successful startups, Denver is now a recognized leader in the internet of things (IoT), or the industry building devices enabled with electronics, software, and connectivity. Denver is home to Rachio, which added the internet to sprinkler systems, and Remote Lock, which added the internet to door locks. Then there’s Boulder’s Chui, which created the smart doorbell, and Revolar. Revolar’s line of personal safety devices provide peace of mind. They let you stay in touch with friends and family, or quickly send for help, all with the click of a button.Combining Denver’s love of the outdoors with its penchant for IoT is Louisville-based Clean Energy Collective (CEC), which is pioneering environmental IoT via intelligent software and community-shared clean energy facilities. “Living in such a beautiful area, you can’t help but care about the environment and how to preserve it. It’s in our DNA,” says Paul Spencer, Founder and CEO of CEC. “That’s why we’re taking solar energy mainstream.”Who’s helping all these companies get started? For many of them it’s Boomtown Accelerator, which created the area’s first IoT lab, complete with design and software work stations and equipment like 3D printers and scanners, plus a library of every available IoT device — tablets, smart thermostats, lightbulb, and appliances — so developers can test their devices with existing IoT objects.If You Build It, They Will ComeIn addition to IoT, Denver is now home to a number of other subsets — like secondary tech offices and tech transplants — all seeking to bask in the all-for-one-and-one-for-all mentality. Most notably there’s tech giant Salesforce, which has an office in Louisville. “We love the opportunities the Denver area affords,” says Salesforce SVP Marie Rosecrans. “Louisville is a great place to be thanks to reasonable real estate costs and high quality of life, but really the whole area jives with our company and values.”And then there’s transplant Guild Education, which helps large employers offer college education benefits and tuition reimbursement as an employee work perk. The female-founded company began in San Francisco, but migrated to Denver thanks to a lower cost of living and a supportive community. “Denver fits our model, our mission, and our people,” says Guild CEO and Co-Founder Rachel Carlson. “We believe it’s the best place to build a mission-driven, high growth company, both because of the amazing people who live here and the city itself.”Collaboration Is ContagiousThe collaborative nature of the city is inspiring. Take a group of entrepreneurs and add a little kumbaya, and you get the Downtown Denver Partnership, a collaborative city-building organization that ensures all of Downtown Denver’s stakeholders — businesses, employees, residents, and visitors — are connected. Their vision of togetherness projects Denver as one of the most economically powerful center cities in the country, and by all accounts, they’re making it happen.And then there’s Galvanize, a Denver-based tech education business that combines classroom space with co-working areas and community-building events for startups. Galvanize has 8 offices nationwide, but keeps Denver as it’s flagship area thanks to the cohesive community. Case in point: This month Galvanize is teaming up with Salesforce to host a Business Growth conference in Denver on June 14; anyone curious about using technology to connect systems and serve customers can attend for free.Wondering where AI fits into all this helpfulness? Here’s a company that combines both: Iterate.ai is a platform that connects executives with entrepreneurs through an AI-based search engine matching enterprise challenges with startup success stories. “Our team is based both the Silicon Valley and Denver. We were drawn to Denver thanks to its easy-going lifestyle yet thriving business community, particularly when it comes to IoT,” said Iterate Studio Co-founder and Chief Digital Officer Brian Sathianathan.A New Kind of Tech TownMaybe it’s the entrepreneurial spirit or maybe it’s that Rocky Mountain air, but great things are happening in Denver. It’s positively a new kind of tech town — one that’s collaborative, friendly, and booming with innovation.last_img read more

Featuring New Mexico Building Healthy Military Communities

first_imgSusie Galea is the project coordinator in New Mexico for the new pilot program, Building Healthy Military Communities.Susie is the most former Mayor of Alamogordo, NM, where proudly Holloman AFB and a NM Guard Armory are hosted. She also volunteered as an ESGR Area Chairman for Guardsmen, Reservist, transitioning active duty, disabled Veterans, and their spouses.Susie has firsthand knowledge of all Service Member/Veteran resources, programs, and benefits related to employment, family programs, service delivery, diversity, small-business development for entrepreneurs, and more.  Recognizing the needed services for Guard members that are not yet classified as Veterans under federal legislation, she looks forward to especially coordinating resources for those NM Guard members who are underserved.Her motivation to serve through Building Healthy Military Communities comes from being a former military spouse of fourteen years.  Susie acutely aware of the sacrifices by those that are Service Members and their supporting family members.Prior to serving as the mayor of Alamogordo, Susie owned and operated a small childcare development business from her home for 5 years, and also has 15 years experience in accounting management and bookkeeping.  Her bachelors degree is in Organizational Management from Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business.Over the last five years Susie has established rapport with statewide leaders, to include New Mexico’s Governor, and her state cabinet members that support the military community.  Susie believes in building and maintaining key business relationships, and statewide networks, which will lend to her ability to quickly develop an overall BHMC state action plan addressing identified gaps of services. Today we interviewed Susie Galea, State Coordinator for the Building Healthy Military Communities Program in New Mexico. We had the chance to talk to Susie about the current work & challenges in New Mexico.  Next week we will take a closer look at the community assessments taking place across New Mexico so that we can better understand how the program works.last_img read more

My Two Favorite New Productivity Tools

first_imgIt’s very rare that I write about software, apps, or tools. Tools and technologies are Miles Austin‘s domains. But there are two software programs that I am using now that are worth your time and attention because they may help you increase your personal productivity. One productivity tool is for writing, and one is for quantifying.UlyssesUlysses is a writing application for Apple products that allows you to write and organize your text files. The serious tech nerds do all of their writing in text files.The primary reason techies love text files is that they are universal, meaning you can open them in any application. The fact that text files are universal means that they are future proof; you are always going to be able to open your files in the future, no matter what happens to Evernote, Word, Google Docs, or whatever app it is that you like now.But there are other reasons to love text files. Writing in plain text eliminates distractions so you can focus on the writing. Because there is no formatting, text files are tiny and easy to sync, which is excellent since Ulysses stores all of your files in iCloud. The lack of formatting makes it very easy to drop the text into other software programs when you need to make them your beautiful words look beautiful, and Ulysses allows styles that export already formatted based on presets.My Ulysses application and librariesUlysses enables you to organize your files however you like. You can put them in groups, or you can filter on keywords and tags, among other things. You can search for your files from anywhere within Ulysses.I have moved most of my archives from this blog into Ulysses. In the Archive folder, I have 2,326 sheets (what you might call documents) amounting to just over 1,250,000 words. This archive lets me search quickly and pull text from my past writings.I like having all of my writing in one place, as well as the simplicity of the plain text.AirtableAirtable (affiliate link) would be like a spreadsheet if a spreadsheet were also a database.I am using Airtable to quantify myself. I am tracking everything I do, every day. I have main categories set up so that I can generate reports on where and how I spend my time, allowing me to make adjustments. If you have never tracked your time, you are going to learn a lot about yourself. I spend way more time with my family than you might imagine (and I can prove it).I am tracking eight or nine data points around my health, like weight, hours slept, and time in meditation. I set up one spreadsheet-like-database to keep track the books I am reading and listening to using Audible. Because Airtable is a database, I can export my notes from my Amazon.com Kindle page and upload the PDF to the record for each book.I also have a little contact database for my most significant relationships, one for all my travel membership and rewards numbers, and one for a record of all my writing.My Airtable screenBecause Airtable has a nice iPhone app, tracking is quick and painless, which means it’s easy to keep up with in real-time. There is no iPad app yet, but it is in the works.These two tools are always open on my computer. Ulysses has even become my notebook and capture tool. If they interest you, check them out. If you do try them, send me a note and let me know what you think. 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

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Impairment Charges Push Team Tankers Further into Loss

first_imgzoom Tanker owner Team Tankers International saw its net loss for the third quarter of 2017 widen significantly, mainly due to vessel impairment charges as chemical tanker sector remained challenging.Net loss in the third quarter ended September 30 was USD 36.3 million, or USD 7.5 million excluding a USD 28.8 million vessel impairment charge recognized in the period. The company’s loss in the same quarter a year earlier stood at USD 4.2 million.The average time charter equivalent (TCE) rate for the fleet was USD 10,136 per day this quarter, representing a decrease of 7.2 percent compared with USD 10,926 earned per day in the third quarter of 2016.“Market conditions in the chemical tanker sector remain challenging. Team has the balance sheet to go on the offensive and is poised to take advantage of compelling cyclical investment opportunities,” Hans Feringa, President & Chief Executive Officer of Team Tankers, said.During the quarter, Team Tankers sold the 8,674 dwt vessel Tour Margaux and the 12,888 dwt Sichem Dubai for a total of USD 11.4 million and replaced capacity through time charter-ins of the 12,959 dwt Leon M in July, the 9,500 dwt Black Star in August and the 9,500 dwt Blue Star expected in November.For the first nine months of 2017, Team Tankers’ loss stood at USD 49.9 million, against a loss of USD 4.1 million seen in the same nine-month period of 2016. Excluding the vessel impairment charge of USD 28.8 million, the net loss for the nine months ending September 30, 2017 was USD 21.1 million.At the end of September 2017, the company’s fleet consisted of 40 vessels, of which 30 were owned, 1 was on a financial lease and 9 were classified as operational leases.last_img read more

The truth is still out there The XFiles is coming back again

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: The truth is out there: “The X-Files” is coming back.Fox said Thursday it has ordered a second chapter of what it’s calling an “X-Files” “event series.” The 10-episode series will air during the upcoming 2017-18 TV season.The 1993-2002 drama about paranormal events and UFOs returned in 2016 for a six-episode run with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Fox said Duchovny and Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully for the new season from creator and executive producer Chris Carter.Production on “The X-Files” is set to begin this summer. An air date was not announced by Fox. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Missing women inquiry hears of Pickton records destroyed

first_imgAPTN National NewsA woman identified only as “Ms. Anderson” survived an attack from Robert Pickton in 1997, but the Crown Prosecutor’s records of the incident were destroyed in 2000 after the charges were stayed, the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry has heard.Anderson was expected to testify at the inquiry this week, but still suffers from social and psychological issues surrounding the attack.The inquiry heard from Randi Connor, the Crown Prosecutor who stayed the charges against Pickton. She said that records of a previous sexual assault by Pickton were not in a report delivered to Crown Counsel at the time.APTN National News reporter Tina House has the details.last_img read more