New Waterloo Road Bridge Opens

first_imgRelatedNew Waterloo Road Bridge Opens FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The new Waterloo Road Bridge, in St. Andrew, was officially opened today (September 20), by Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry.This is the first phase of the construction of a four-lane bridge at the site. This should alleviate traffic problems in the area, as during construction, traffic was restricted to one-way. The bridge is now open to two-way traffic.Mr. Henry said that the other two lanes should be finished by the end of the year. He also pointed out that the road leading north from the bridge towards Shortwood Road would be made into four lanes for some distance, while the same would be done for the road going south on to Lower Waterloo Road.Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry (second left), looks on as a motorist crosses the new Waterloo Road Bridge in St. Andrew, which he officially opened today (September 20). To the Minister’s right is Mr. Brian Joosse, of the construction firm, R.A. Murray International Limited, which built the bridge. This is the first phase of the construction of a four-lane bridge at the site.Construction of the bridge is being carried out by R. A. Murray International Limited.Before opening the bridge, Mr. Henry and officials from the National Works Agency (NWA), including Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Patrick Wong, toured sections of the Havendale community in St. Andrew, where the first road repair works under funding from the cess on fuel sales, were done recently.Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry, points to a section of Morningside Drive, in Havendale, St. Andrew, which has been repaired from the cess on fuel sales.Mr. Henry pointed out that five roads in the community have been patched, and another two would be done soon. The Minister explained that the patched roads would be micro- surfaced, which would give them a life span of seven years.He said that $60 million has been allocated from the cess as an initial Starter Fund, to begin repairing community roads islandwide. RelatedNew Waterloo Road Bridge Opens RelatedNew Waterloo Road Bridge Openscenter_img New Waterloo Road Bridge Opens TransportSeptember 20, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

When stars collide: CU Boulder professor explains this week’s dense discovery

first_imgIllustration of two neutron stars just before colliding (image courtesy of NASA)Gravity-wave signals from the neutron star event encoded the distance of the object, allowing scientists to narrow their search to about a dozen galaxies. Less than two seconds after the gravity wave was detected, says Bally, the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope received a signal from the event, allowing scientists to narrow the search to a single galaxy. Within 12 hours a number of space- and Earth-based telescopes had located the neutron star smash-up.“The real significance of this result is that it opens up a new window on our universe,” says Bally. “By detecting the violent cosmic processes producing both gravitational and electromagnetic waves, we will have a new way of probing the evolution of the universe over cosmic time and a means to study fundamental physical processes which may underlie the technologies and economies of the future.”Want more stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the CU Boulder Today community edition. Wrap your mind around this: Neutron stars, the collapsed cores of once-large stars, are thought to be so dense that a teaspoon of one would weigh more than Mount Everest. Published: Oct. 17, 2017 • By Jim Scott Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail ​Professor John BallyThese are the kind of amazing astrophysical features that help fuel the research interests of Professor John Bally of the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, who studies the formation of stars and planets (including luminous, transient objects in space).This week’s history-making news that a team of international scientists had discovered the first-ever evidence of the collision of two neutron stars—in the form of both gravity waves and electromagnetic waves—rocked well beyond the science world.Bally was a co-author on two of the published studies, including one in Science magazine, describing the event. The new evidence builds on the first detection of gravitational waves in 2015, which scientists call the ripples in the fabric of space-time that are caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe.“For the first time in human history we have detected both gravitational and electromagnetic waves from an astrophysical event,” Bally explains. “The merger confirmed the long-suspected notion that gravity and electromagnetic waves propagate through space at the speed of light. This foretells of a rich trove of future discoveries.”Some other items about the new research you can talk about over the water cooler or the dinner table:While the merging neutron stars likely had masses greater than our sun, neither was wider than Washington D.C.In a neutron star collision, known as a “kilanova,” the two objects are thought to have been whirling around each other at more than a thousand times per second before merging.The studies indicate the collision of two neutron stars probably produced “heavy elements” like gold, silver and platinum that are now found, and prized, on Earth. Bally says the neutron star merger was the “perfect environment” to synthesize such rare earth elements and compounds. Scientists previously discovered that supernovas create some heavy elements, but not all. Video courtesy of NASA Categories:SpaceNews Headlineslast_img read more

Inside the Evolution Silo — Darwinism as a Cult

first_img Recommended Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Does all this sound familiar at all? The defense of Darwinian theory has definite cultish aspects. Our mathematician colleague Granville Sewell observes that if you listen to ID’s critics, you get a wildly simple-minded and ignorant distortion. He quotes an ACLU statement that ID “simply says that some things that seem very complex could not have happened based on natural causes. So where it sees complexity, it declares that it must have been created by a supernatural entity.” But that is an absurd, hopeless caricature. Dr. Sewell lists what he calls the “Top Six Evidences for Intelligent Design.” How many among the staunch defenders of Darwinism are even aware of the major areas of evidence for design that ID proponents offer? My experience is that very few could even name those areas. How many could tell you, for example, what Stephen Meyer says in Darwin’s Doubt or what Michael Denton says in his new book, The Miracle of the Cell? Vanishingly few. The editors of a prominent journal, the Journal of Theoretical Biology, published a peer-reviewed pro-ID paper recently only to, it seems, be reminded by the community that they had broken the community rule: no serous interaction with design arguments. They promptly published a disclaimer, rejecting their own article, and offered up instead another article seeking to rebut the first. You can understand why they panicked: they don’t want to have their own careers ruined for letting in a little light. A Curious Apologetics The Community Rule Perhaps the most cult-like aspect of Darwinism is the way it threatens and punishes those in the community who would consider speaking up about their doubts or would leave altogether. As Yale computer scientist David Gelernter has said, in the context of his own coming out as a Darwin skeptic, “You take your life in your hands to challenge it intellectually. They will destroy you if you challenge it.” The Free Science website tells the stories of scientists who nearly were destroyed for challenging Darwin from within the silo.  Why is that? Darwin defenders practice a curious kind of apologetics where they steer clear of familiarity with the competing scientific view. Debate is avoided. They campaign to prevent high school students from hearing that evolution may have scientific weaknesses. Atheist biologist Jerry Coyne, an emeritus professor at the University of Chicago, writes a voluminous blog, Why Evolution Is True, where you would expect some engagement with the competition. But your expectation would be disappointed. In their community, the favored narrative is protected by the mother of all news silos. How many evolutionary scientists have even met a proponent of intelligent design? If they do meet them, they avoid them. When ID scientists and scholars participated in the important Royal Society conference “New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives,” they were shunned. “Top Six Evidences” Darwinists can’t understand why anyone would wish to be outside the silo. Atheist biologist Richard Dawkins has said he would “rather not consider” the possibility that the outsiders are “wicked,” but neither does he rule it out. Share Free Speech News Media Inside the Evolution Silo — Darwinism as a CultDavid KlinghofferOctober 29, 2020, 6:38 AM TagsACLUatheistsbiological originscultDarwin’s DoubtDarwinismDavid Gelernterfree speechGranville Sewellintelligent designJerry CoyneJournal of Theoretical BiologyMichael Dentonnarrativenews silopeer-reviewed literaturepodcasterRichard DawkinsRoyal SocietyScott AdamsStephen MeyerThe Miracle of the CellUniversity of ChicagoWhy Evolution Is True,Trending That Darwinism functions much as a cult doesn’t by itself rule out the possibility of its being a true picture of biological origins. To judge that question you would to have weigh the competing arguments. But that is what most evolution defenders have steadfastly refused to do. Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Photo credit: Intricate Explorer via Unsplash.I know that sounds harsh but think about it. I was listening to podcaster Scott Adams who discusses the phenomenon of a “news silo” where members of the public are sheltered from news that violates their preferred political or other narrative. A major news story can break outside of the silo but, because it goes against the narrative, those in the silo will never hear about it. The media they watch won’t let them. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide I understand that in a sense we all live in a silo, following our preferred sources of information. But Adams points out that some communities, built around rigid narratives, are far more isolated than others. They function in a cult-like manner. All competing information is excluded. Debate is avoided. Contact with outsiders is discouraged. Anyone who leaves the cult and goes over to the other side is demonized. To admit doubts even in private is to invite censure. The other side is demonized and distorted. Thus a consensus in favor of the ruling narrative is maintained. Sure, those in the cult are well aware of the existence of people outside, but rarely if ever converse with them. Why anyone would wish to live outside, unless they are stupid, deluded, or wicked, is a subject of distressed bewilderment. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

In Harrison County

first_imgMississippi is home to multibillion-dollar bases — such as Keesler Air Force Base and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport in Harrison County — that provide thousands of jobs and award millions in contracts to local businesses.Other important factors in Harrison County’s economy are its Gulf Coast location — the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport is the third-busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico — and convenient access to all markets in North America and Latin America, as well as its foreign trade zone designation. Shipbuilding, aerospace, advanced materials, defense and marine science are all industries drawn to the coast and its deep-water ports. Seafood has been an economic staple of the area for years.The largest employers in the county are composed of military bases, health care facilities and casinos, which require a diverse workforce. Harrison County’s central location along Interstate 10 allows it to attract workers from neighboring communities such as New Orleans or Mobile, Alabama.In July 2018, Harrison County posted a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. According to U.S. Census, the county’s median household income for 2012-2016 was $43,095.TransportationMajor transportation routes in Harrison County make the region a key venue for the delivery of goods. U.S. Highway 90 runs along the Gulf of Mexico beaches and local casinos, connecting Biloxi to Gulfport and points westward and eastward. The Biloxi Bay Bridge, an important artery, was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina and was fully reopened in April 2008. Interstate 10 passes through northern parts of Biloxi, connecting the region to larger hubs of transport, including Phoenix, Los Angles, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans and more.Perched on the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Port is one of Mississippi’s four state-owned seaports. Biloxi’s port handles about 3.5 million tons of primarily domestic cargo annually. In addition to moving large quantities of goods, the area around Biloxi Port is home to many casinos, riverboats and outdoor entertainment venues. The Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport is the third-busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico, with convenient access to all markets in North America and Latin America. Shipbuilding, aerospace, advanced materials, defense and marine science are all industries drawn to the coast and its deep-water ports.Natural ResourcesThe Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area’s location directly on the Mississippi Sound makes it a prime spot for seafood and tourism. Fish, oysters, shrimp, crabs — all have been plentiful contributions to the local economy. At the turn of the century, Biloxi had become the Seafood Capital of the World. In the 1920s there were more than 40 seafood factories occupying the cannery districts in the region. With its year-round pleasant climate, sandy beaches, multiple golf courses and more, the region is a perfect vacation destination for those seeking outdoor recreation and relaxation.In addition to being a vacation destination, Biloxi has a long history with gaming. Though technically illegal in its golden era of the 1940s, open gambling wasn’t officially outlawed until the 1950s. The reintroduction of legal dockside gambling in 1992 transformed the area, bringing millions of dollars of stimulus in the form of casinos, hotels and resorts.While Harrison County’s proximity to the ocean has been a boon to its economy, the area took an enormous economic hit from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hurricane-force winds persisted for 17 hours, damaging 90 percent of the buildings along the coast in Biloxi and Gulfport. The region continues to seek a balance between economic recovery and hurricane protection zones; Biloxi has planned redevelopment of commercial properties south of Highway 90.Military Economic ImpactKeesler Air Force Base and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport have enjoyed a close collaboration with the surrounding communities since each installation was established.With their combined workforce of nearly 16,000 — including military, civil service and private contractors — Keesler AFB had a $1.57 billion total adjusted economic impact on the surrounding communities in 2017, according to the most recent Keesler Air Force Base Economic Impact Analysis, and NCBC Gulfport had a $365.3 million economic impact in 2014, according to its most recent figures.last_img read more

Elo’s new Huddle Kit Is a Turnkey UCC Kit to Make Any Space a Zoom, Teams, BlueJeans or Webex Room

first_imgElo announced Huddle Kit Tuesday, an accessories bundle that pairs with Elo’s 4K interactive displays to provide a collaboration and videoconferencing solution for businesses. As corporate offices continue to reopen post-COVID, there’s an increased focus on smaller huddle meeting rooms supporting a hybrid mix of office-based and remote employees. With Elo’s new huddle room solution, IT leaders simply add their current collaboration software to provide a complete interactive system that fosters engagement amongst users, regardless of location.The Huddle Kit solution simplifies the selection, installation and use of collaboration technology and provides an open platform supporting enterprise applications and popular third-party videoconferencing software, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting and BlueJeans.Elo Huddle Kit accessories pair easily with Elo’s 55- or 65-inch 53-Series displays and include:Conference Camera with the capability to attach to any Elo Edge Connect device, full HD video, wide viewing angles and 30° multi-axis tilt for vertical and horizontal adjustmenti5 Windows 10 slide-in computer moduleDigital stylus penPre-loaded dashboard for easy navigation to software applications including a pre-installed whiteboarding and wireless content-sharing software trialIn addition to supporting videoconferencing, the Elo Huddle Kit comes ready with Qwizdom’s annotation and whiteboarding software and a full set of corporate features, such as multi-user writing and drawing, handwriting recognition and full multimedia integration and capture. Also included is a free 30-day trial of DisplayNote’s Launcher for easy navigation and Montage for wireless content sharing from any device onto your Elo display without messy cables or time-consuming connection struggles.last_img read more

Sports Awards likely to be delayed, waiting for Rashtrapati Bhavan instructions: Ministry

first_img“The sports awards this year will definitely be delayed because screening of applications is a tedious task which is yet to begin,” a ministry source told PTI.”But the awards will definitely be given away. There is no question of denying deserving athletes and coaches their due recognition.”  Last Updated: 30th July, 2020 13:49 IST Sports Awards Likely To Be Delayed, Waiting For Rashtrapati Bhavan Instructions: Ministry The National Sports Awards include the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand honours, conferred every year by the President of India First Published: 30th July, 2020 13:49 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US The pandemic had last month forced the sports ministry to extend the deadline for submission of online applications for the awards. It also allowed athletes to self-nominate in view of the “difficulties” being faced by them to find recommenders amid the lockdown. The self nomination has resulted in a huge number of applicants for the awards but the sports ministry is yet to form a committee to select the eventual winners with just a month left for the ceremony if it is held on time. It has been learnt that the ministry is yet to start screening of the applications and a delay is inevitable. WE RECOMMEND The National Sports Awards ceremony this year is likely to be delayed by a month or two due to the COVID-19 pandemic but a final decision will be taken only after receiving guidance from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a Sports Ministry official has said. The National Sports Awards include the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyanchand honours, conferred every year by the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29. The ceremony coincides with the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand. But this year, it might be delayed due to the pandemic, although a final decision is still awaited.Sports Awards likely to be delayed 3 months ago Denied Arjuna repeatedly, Amit Panghal requests Rijiju to revamp sports awards selection process COMMENT “We haven’t heard anything from the Rashtrapati Bhavan yet. We are waiting for a communication with regard to the Sports awards. So, at this point of time, it is very difficult to say what will happen,” the ministry official told PTI.”Currently, public gathering is prohibited across the country due to COVID-19 so no functions are being organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 11 months ago Virat Kohli: Sports awards stepping stone to recognise & honour talent WATCH US LIVE Written By 6 months ago CM gives Maha sports awards 3 months ago National Sports Awards: Ministry extends deadline for applications; allows self-nomination “In the past also, the awards ceremony has been organised with delays, so in case it cannot be held on August 29, we can hold it one or two months later. The well-being and safety of all should be the priority right now,” he added. 3 months ago Denied Arjuna repeatedly, Amit Panghal asks Rijiju to revamp sports awards selection panel LIVE TV Press Trust Of India FOLLOW US Image credits: PTI last_img read more

Joseph, Rickaby pace Team 1999-2003 to top prize at Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament

first_imgMike Vance, Matthew Fuhr, Jeremy Phelan, Brody Blair and Leo Grypma paced Team 1999-2003.Team 2006-08, consisting of Florian Joseph, Chase and Clay Rickaby, Ben Irving, Joel DeVito and Ryan Moore, advanced to the final by stopping Team 2013-18 72-63 and Team 2010-11 64-52.Team 1999-2003 opened by outlasting Team 2004-05 73-57 before edging the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League All-Stars 62-58.All proceeds from the Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament benefit the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society.The scholarship fund supports development of local grassroots basketball and student-athletes with post-secondary pursuits.D’Andrea, who was instrumental in the development of high school basketball while teaching at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Salmo Secondary and Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan, died suddenly in 2013. Florian Joseph and Chase Rickaby were too hot to handle in sparking Team 2006-08 to a 72-63 victory over Team 1999-2003 in the final of the 2016 Bomber Alumni Basketball Tournament Boxing Day at the Trafalgar Middle School Gymnasium.The dynamic duo of former Bomber point guards led the victors to the early lead then snuffed out any rallies by Team 1999-2003 with shots from downtown.Joel DeVito and Ben Irving also chipped in on the scoresheet for Team 2006-08.last_img read more

FEW IRISH PEOPLE REALISE JUST HOW HARD IT IS TO BECOME AN OLYMPIAN

first_img11,239 athletes from an estimated world population of 7.4 billion are currently converging on Rio to compete in the 311 events that make up the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. However, research has found that few Irish people (14%) are aware of just how difficult it is to become an Olympian with only a fraction of the world’s population (0.0001%) ever earning the right to represent their country at the Olympics. The findings are part of research commissioned by Electric Ireland, as proud sponsor of Team Ireland for the Rio Olympics, into Ireland’s attitude towards our Olympic athletes. Team Ireland who will represent the country, at the Olympic Games in Rio that begin on Friday 5th of August, is our second-largest team ever and is made up of 77 athletes who will compete in 13 of the 28 sports. More men (16%) than women (11%) claim to be aware of how difficult it is to become an Olympian. Yet men place a higher value on winning medals as only 66% of them, compared to 82% of women, would classify Ireland’s Olympians as heroes if they perform at their best regardless of whether they win a medal.Electric Ireland through The Power Within campaign, have been championing not just the talent and dedication of the individual athletes that make up Team Ireland but also the resilience and self-belief required by Ireland’s Olympians to realise their dream of competing at an Olympic Games.Irish adults (65%) feel that Irish Olympians possess un-wavering self-belief in themselves that they can be competitive against the best in the world. 18-24 years olds are the age group most likely to be inspired to attain their personal ambitions by the achievements of our Olympians with 44% of them agreeing that our Olympians inspire them to push themselves harder.Most Irish people (83%) do however agree that it is the heart, passion and leaving nothing behind on the sport’s field that make us proudest of our Olympic athletes.Electric Ireland are hoping that that the achievements of our Team Ireland athletes over the next sixteen days will not just unite the country but inspire both them and us to unlock The Power Within. With this in mind, the largest energy provider has created a video to encourage everyone to support Team Ireland in the weeks ahead:print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Delegating Repetitive Task Processing to Software Bots

first_imgRobotic Process Automation (RPA) is increasingly being deployed to reduce costs and error. RPA bots, or robots, are small programs or scripts that perform repetitive tasks previously that had been done by humans. RPA often takes standard automation one step further by using techniques from artificial intelligence to enable the RPA software to flexibly respond to and adapt to changes in the tasks that they perform.RPA software scripts can simulate a user’s interaction with the user interface of a business software application. The bot interacts with the existing application, simulating the key and mouse clicks of a real user.  Because bot software is separate  from the business software that they interact with, bots are independent of the software technology that they interact with and can be used to control both new business software applications as well as older legacy ones.Daniel Dines, CEO at RPA company UiPath, said that RPA can be used “to automate a lot of front office and back office processes, particularly in finance and accounting, ticketing, repricing and all sorts of different processes… [RPA is equivalent to] autopilot in a plane or a self-driving brain engine in a car.”Vik Renjen, Senior Vice President at Sutherland, wrote that “once intelligent automation or various forms of RPA are implemented within an organization, a wealth of information is available from the data surrounding those activities. Companies can use this new data and analytics to report on and gain insight on how to optimize labor capacity, conduct a Pareto analysis of top reasons for process exceptions, improve customer satisfaction and glean insights from new business process areas that could lead to opportunities for new product introductions from a marketing and sales standpoint.”last_img read more

New York Game of Thrones author GRR Martin says

first_imgNew York: “Game of Thrones” author GRR Martin says the final season of the epic fantasy HBO show was “not completely faithful” to his book series, “A Song of Fire And Ice” on which it was based. The remark comes hot on the heels of the eighth and final chapter of “GOT” winning the outstanding drama series Emmy, including an individual trophy for Peter Dinklage in the supporting actor in drama series category. “The (final) series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons,” Martin told Fast Company magazine. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The loss in a book-to-screen adaptation can be “traumatic”, the author admitted. “Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing – that leads to a lot of conflict,” he added. “GOT” showrunners David Benioff and Dan B Weiss were called out for below par script writing and poor portrayal of women in the last season, resulting in lakhs of fans across the world sign an online petition urging the network to redo the final chapter, which ended in May. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “David Benioff and DB Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (ie the books) to fall back on. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO,” the petition read. Martin, who earlier spoke about the “toxic” culture of online fandoms making the environment volatile for artistes, said the interference of Hollywood studios and networks with the character arcs doesn’t help either. “You get totally extraneous things like the studio or the network weighing in, and they have some particular thing that has nothing to do with story, but relates to ‘Well this character has a very high Q Rating so let’s give him a lot more stuff to do’.” In August, Martin promised fans that the controversial climax of the TV series will not influence his future novels in the book series.last_img read more