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December 21, 2019
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Sun to shine on unmissable Donegal Town Summer Festival

first_imgAll roads lead to Donegal Town this weekend with sunny skies and live entertainment on the Diamond for the Donegal Town Summer Festival.The Festival opens this evening at 6pm with performances from McNelis Cunningham Boyle award winning Irish Dancers, followed by the Annual Lady Nuala Final at 7.30pm hosted by Mark Dorrian with a unique Live DJ set on the Diamond with Stevie G until 10pm.The Whistlin Donkeys are playing in the Abbey Hotel tonight (Friday) from 10pm with tickets available on the door. Donegal Town Summer FestivalThere will be live music from local artists on the Diamond from 2 – 5pm on Saturday & Sunday from the likes of Donegal Contemporary Chorus, Conor McAllister, The Show Offs, Diarmuid McGee and much more. Not forgetting, the return of Green Rising and The Bellies!On Saturday there is a Family Fun Day at the AVS (weather permitting) from 1pm-4pm. Guaranteed great fun for all the family!Taking to the stage at 6.30pm on Saturday is Liam Geddes, followed by up and coming Irish music artist Ryan Mack at 7.30pm. The highly-acclaimed Tribute Band Qween will ROCK YOU from 9pm. Ryan MackQweenAll the bars in Donegal Town will have Live Music & Entertainment throughout the Weekend for you to continue the party after The Diamond.What better way to start your Sunday than a 10k Run or Walk! Starting from the AVS Gym and 10.30am (in association with Tir Chonaill AC)The family fun doesn’t end there with a Kids’ Tractor Race around the Diamond at 12 noon and Donegal’s Town first ever Soapbox Derby in aid of the RNLI takes off at 4pm from the Glebe.Top Irish pop band Keywest play live on Sunday evening on the Diamond followed by the highly anticipated return of Rory & the Island.Admission is only €5 on Saturday and Sunday evening onto the Diamond.KeywestRory and The IslandThe Diamond is a glass free zone but plastic glasses will be provided from all Donegal Town bars. Follow Facebook for updatesThe Committee of the Donegal Town Summer Festival would like to extend a massive thank you to all their sponsors for the weekend and thank the local community for their support!We hope to see you all in Donegal Town over the weekend for Family Fun, Music and Entertainment!Sun to shine on unmissable Donegal Town Summer Festival was last modified: June 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

December 19, 2019
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In the Last Days There Shall Be Scoffers

first_imgCurrent Biology this week contains two entries either attacking creationism or exalting Charles Darwin.1,2  Nigel Williams reports on the 100th birthday of Ernst Mayr (see 07/02/2004 headline), and his “tireless campaign against creationism”:Ernst Mayr, the renowned evolutionary biologist and champion of Darwin, celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month by leading a scathing attack on creationism.  The evolutionary biologist, acclaimed as one of the most prolific researchers, has no intention of retiring and is shortly to publish new research that dismantles the fashionable creationist doctrine of ‘intelligent design’.Apparently Mayr’s approach is nothing new to anyone in the I.D. community who has read On the Origin of Species; Williams says that “‘intelligent design’ – the latest way in which creationists have sought to present a divine origin of the world – was thoroughly rebutted by Charles Darwin a century and a half ago.”  What’s motivating Mayr’s campaign?  “a sense of exasperation at the re-emergence of creationism in the US,” Williams says.  Evolution was no problem in Mayr’s childhood schools in Germany, so why are so many school boards trying to water it down or omit it in America?  Williams recounts the case in Georgia when the superintendent of schools tried to have the “controversial buzzword” evolution “banned” from the curriculum.  “Fierce protest, including criticism from Jimmy Carter, the former president, reversed this,” Williams states with apparent satisfaction.    In its ongoing series of interviews with practicing scientists, Current Biology interviewed mathematics professor (U. of Vienna) Karl Sigmund (also a popularizer of evolutionary game theory: see 02/10/2004 headline).  Here is his answer to the question, “What turned you on to biology in the first place?”I hit upon a German version of Darwin’s ‘Descent of Man’ at the tender age of twelve.  I cannot possibly have understood much of it, but was immediately fascinated, first by a photo of old Darwin, whose piercing eyes haunted me, and then by the idea of having apes among my forebears: it explained why I felt so happy in the tree-tops.  Besides, I liked the fact that not a few of my elder family members – catholics all – were distressed to see the book in my hands.  Much later, I noticed that a thoughtful editor had removed the parts on sexual selection.  What would my relatives have said to that!After Sigmund was turned off by biology in school and became fascinated with mathematics, there was another turning point:I forgot all about biology and became a professor of mathematics before I came across ‘The Selfish Gene’.  That was a turning point for me.  [Richard] Dawkins’ very first sentence thrilled me: “This book should be read almost as though it were science fiction.”  There were not just facts in biology; there was a place for the ‘what if’ a basic question for any mathematician.Sigmund is asked about remaining challenges to evolutionary game theory, and admits it needs to be tied in with the biology and neurology of the brain, “how modules in the brain interact, and cooperate, in guiding an individuals’ feelings and wishes.”  He points to tentative experiments that look for relationships between brain imaging and human reactions to perceived fair and unfair situations.  “Such a form of neuro-economics – or, better, physio-economics, because hormone levels play a great role too – may eventually tell us more about human nature than anything since Darwin studied expressions of emotions in man and animals.  And if I feel foolish when I re-read this sentence ten years from now, I will tell myself that it was pretty good science fiction.”1Nigel Williams, “One long argument,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 14, 27 July 2004, Page R540, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.002.2“Q&A: Karl Sigmund,” Current Biology, Volume 14, Issue 14, 27 July 2004, Page R541, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2004.07.003.One way for Karl Sigmund to feel foolish real fast is to read Creation-Evolution Headlines regularly and other publications outside the Darwin Party propaganda machine (here’s a list for starters).  An easier way is to flip a few pages in the same issue of Current Biology to the articles on histones and condensins (see headline above).  That’s if Sigmund is even interested in truth over “science fiction”.  He said it himself: he was drawn to evolution not by a studied analysis of the facts, but by (1) the haunting eyes of Charlie, the materialist’s buddha, (2) a fallacious, childish non-sequitur that apes in the family tree made him feel at home climbing trees, and (3) childish rebellion.  Parents, beware.  If your kid can’t think straight or exercise self-control by the age of 12, it may be too late.  The kid will be a sucker for the Darwin Party storytelling circus.    Ernst Mayr is on his last crusade before becoming a creationist.  (For those at the Darwin National Convention, that means meeting your Maker.)  Solomon said, in a paradoxical quatrain, to “answer not a fool according to his folly,” but rather, to “answer a fool according to his folly” (Proverbs 26:4-5*).  This is not a contradiction.  Answer not a fool according to his folly, “lest you be like him,”; i.e., don’t imitate his style of argument and get into a vituperative shouting match with irrelevant and useless trivia.  Rather, answer a fool according to his folly “lest he be wise in his own eyes”; i.e., don’t let him get away with baloney, or let others who hear him be swayed by it.  For instance, in biology class, your fellow students should not hear the evolutionary mythmaking of the teacher go uncontested.  Suggested response: keep holding up the facts and asking logical questions.  Teach Mayr and Sigmund about histones and condensins and diatoms and plant seeds and motorized sunscreens and migrating sparrows and cellular roller coasters and spider superpowers and underground pioneers and whale aeronautics and antennas built with motorized trucks and 300 million neurons required to see a picture and a million other things.  Ask them, “How could such things evolve without plan or purpose?  No, I mean really—not just a story, but really now.  And if it happened, where is the evidence?” (see 07/22/2004 headline)  Keep up the pressure, gently and persistently.  These things take time.  After sufficient exposure to the observations, if they continue to sputter nonsense, there is nothing more you can do except to try to prevent folly from becoming established as the official, uncontested curriculum for young, impressionable minds not yet able to discern their right hand from their left. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 19, 2019
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Drive to list black-owned SMEs

first_img9 November 2004The capital-raising potential of black-owned small businesses has been boosted by an agreement between black business body Nafcoc and the JSE Limited, the operator of South Africa’s stock exchange.The agreement, signed in May, sees black small and medium enterprises (SMEs) actively encouraged to list on the JSE’s small business index, AltX, through an education and awareness-raising programme run by the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) and the JSE.In terms of an MOU signed in May, the initiative will promote the JSE and particularly the AltX as a solution for raising capital for black economic empowerment (BEE) initiatives.“This will be an opportunity for our members to raise capital, to list their companies, which will enable them to liquidate their debt and build cash reserves”, said Nafcoc chief executive Sipho Mseleku.Ninety percent of Nafcoc’s members are SMEs, and the AltX, with its less stringent listing requirements, is tailor-made for them.However, many black-owned SMEs may not be aware of the opportunities the exchange offers. “Although we work at the JSE and we’re passionate about the JSE, we have to recognise that not everyone knows about the JSE”, said JSE chief executive Russell Loubser.The initiative will help SMEs understand how the stock market works. Issues that will be dealt with include listing requirements and share ownership.Nafcoc and the JSE also aim to seek suitable candidates as partners for BEE transactions.The move may be a boost for the AltX exchange as much as for black business. Only eight businesses are listed on the exchange. All Joy Foods was the first BEE company to list on the exchange. The latest listing, DataPro Group, has 30% of its shares placed with empowerment companies.AltX – springboard for smaller firmsAltX is a partnership between the JSE and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It is designed to give a smaller companies the opportunity to issue new shares, raise capital, widen their investor base and have their shares traded in a regulated market.According to DTI Director-General Alistair Ruiters, AltX complements the government’s BEE policies by creating a space for more black companies to participate in the JSE. AltX is geared to act as a springboard for smaller companies eventually to list on the JSE’s main board.The exchange has reduced listing fees, but is supported by the full range of JSE services – including the trading of shares on the same system as the main board, market surveillance to eliminate irregularities, and settlement of AltX securities through the JSE’s electronic system, STRATE.Its listing requirements are appropriate for SMEs, placing emphasis on initial and ongoing disclosure of company information. There is also a focus on the enhancement of the skills of directors of AltX companies, with a compulsory four-day directors’ induction programme offered by the Wits Business School.Companies require no profit history to list, but a minimum share capital of R2-million is required.Empowering the JSEBusinessMap Foundation noted in a recent report on BEE that while the market capitalisation of black-controlled companies listed on the JSE increased from R44-billion ($6.7-billion) at the start of 2003 to R58-billion ($8.9-billion) by the end of the year, black control of total market capitalisation on the exchange remained at 3%.The number of black-controlled companies listed on the JSE also dropped from 22 to 21 during 2003 – far below the peak of 38 in August 1999.In 2003, R42.2-billion (US$6.5-billion) worth of BEE deals were made, but the beneficiaries of these deals belonged largely to the politically well-connected elite.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

December 15, 2019
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Human factors limit smart cities more than technology

first_imgWhile the latest smart gizmo tends to grab headlines, industry experts are urging urban leaders to focus more on smart city challenges with their citizens, rather than the technology. That’s according to attendees at the recent VERGE 16 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. where leaders in the smart cities space gathered.A key sentiment that emerged from the conference was that leaders in government and industry need to stay focused on the larger smart city picture and not get caught up in the latest gee-whiz technology.Specifically, there needs to be greater focus on meshing emerging tech with the current political and economic systems that affect citizens.“The technology solutions are there,” said Kirain Jain, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. “What we’re really looking at are governance issues.”The proliferation of new smart city platforms and equipment is driven partly by the increasing ease at which they are integrated into city infrastructure.However, government leaders are being urged to develop technology strategies around citizens’ needs first rather than prioritizing the technology and figuring out whether public benefits later.“We just put out an RFP last week that had the words ‘user-centric design,’” said Jain.Cities needs to evaluate their strategiesThe shift from technology-centric strategies to user-centric mindsets also requires a realistic assessment of which populations of the city are actually benefiting from these innovations.Specifically, local leaders must recognize that many smart city innovations are providing benefits to the better off segments of society. Meanwhile, those citizens struggling with poverty may not see much benefit at all from technology that makes the morning commute more pleasant.“A lot of our focus has been on moving the top 20% of the market,” said Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president of the U.S. Green Building Council. “We thought the trickle-down effects would really begin to affect low- and moderate-income communities.”She says key challenges are being exacerbated by assumptions that any smart city technological advancement automatically creates mass impact on the entire city population. However, it’s becoming clear that smart city technology is not a magic wand that can be waved to eliminate persistent challenges faced by poorer citizens.For example the community solar concept is beginning to gain traction in various markets, depending on the resources of those who wish to invest. However, this raises the issue of how to increase accessibility to financing for those communities who lack the resources to develop solar projects. How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#VERGE Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Powerlast_img read more

November 7, 2019
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Elite Eight Filming Announcement

first_imgThis outcome has been achieved through the ongoing support of the TFA Board of Management and their vision for the elite game into the future, as well as the overall benefits associated with the promotion of the sport across Australia.This also conveys the Board of Management’s support for the overall direction set by the National Events Commission (NEC).This investment is hoped to signal a revitalised focus on the promotion of the game on an ongoing basis and it is anticipated that numerous outcomes can be achieved through such medium including advertising, web promotion and commercial sponsorship.TFA has a strong track record of working with RJ Media through Richard Scotts on projects such as the State of Origin and 2009 Trans Tasman Series and are confident of an outstanding outcome.As a result there will be various stipulations or requirements on all teams on finals day but in particular those that reach the final of the Elite Eight. Information detailing al requirements will be provided at the event itself.For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Fileselite_eight_filming_announcement__1_-pdflast_img read more

October 28, 2019
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9 days agoChelsea hero Nevin: Willian, Jorginho reborn under Lampard

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Nevin: Willian, Jorginho reborn under Lampardby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Pat Nevin says Willian and Jorginho are “reborn” under Frank Lampard. The Scot also credited the work rate of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham for helping the Blues win their last three out of four games.”There is a great affinity being built between our fans and the players just now,” Nevin told the official Chelsea website. “We know the initial reasons; this is Frank’s team so we are bound to be on board, the kids coming through are our kids so once again we are onside. ‘But look around and consider everyone else and the obvious work-rate and spirit from them, it has been superb this season even during the tougher times.”Take Jorginho, the statistics alone will tell you about his incredible work-rate but it is his passion for every tackle and every chase that shines almost as much as his ability on the ball. Willian obviously is reborn as well but try thinking of someone in the group that isn’t giving everything for every moment, it is impossible. “Tammy Abraham works until his legs run out and is often replaced but that is a positive sign that he is giving everything, not a negative one that he is playing badly. ‘There looks as though there are two Mason Mounts on the field most weeks as he seems to have the ability to turn up everywhere. On top of that have a look at the attitude of those coming off the bench. None of the subs are giving anything less than everything they have, whether it is for 30 minutes or 10.” last_img read more

September 28, 2019
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Is There HomeField Advantage At The Olympics

Soviet Union1980125195+70 MEDALS WON PER ATHELETE PARTICIPATING BY HOST COUNTRY Spain19920.020.05+0.03 We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Does Brazil have a home-field advantage in Rio?Again and again, research has shown that home-field advantage is a constant in sports across the world. Basketball referees call more fouls on the visitors. Pitchers for the home team in baseball get a wider strike zone. Home teams in soccer receive fewer yellow cards.To see whether the same is true in the Olympics,1In our recent article in the International Journal of the History of Sport. we analyzed medal counts since World War II2We excluded 1948 from the analysis because it had been 12 years since the previous Olympics. by comparing a country’s results in the year it hosted the games to its results in the games four years earlier. In other words, we estimated Great Britain’s 2012 home-field advantage by comparing its 2012 performance to its results from 2008. This is an improvement over previous research, which analyzed home advantage by comparing hosts to non-hosts in the same year, which ignores the fact that the average host (like Great Britain or China) is much different than the average non-host (like Djibouti or Paraguay). South Korea19880.110.08-0.03 Soviet Union19800.300.40+0.09 Why do host nations do so well? Research has pointed to referees or crowds as crucial to home advantage in other sports, but we found a unique factor driving the home advantage in the Olympics. The table above shows that the number of athletes that a country sends to the games jumps tremendously when it is the host. On average, there are 175.8 additional athletes representing the host country than represented it four years earlier.The main explanation for this increase is that qualification standards are lower for athletes from the host country. Olympic hosts are guaranteed a spot in each team sport. For example, the Brazilian men’s field hockey team will participate in its first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Host-country athletes who compete in individual events also have an easier time qualifying for the games. In the triathalon, for example, hosts are guaranteed at least one competitor of each gender. While some of these “add-on” host country athletes aren’t good enough to contend for medals, elite athletes from the host may participate in more events than they otherwise would. Mexico196819+8 China20080.160.17+0.00 Canada1976511+6 Australia20000.100.09+0.00 United States198494174+80 Soviet Union1980410489+79 Japan19641829+11 Greece20040.090.04-0.06 United States1996108101-7 South Korea1988175401+226 Mexico19680.010.03+0.02 Finland1952129258+129 Great Britain20124765+18 United States19960.200.16-0.04 Spain1992229422+193 ATHLETES FROM HOST COUNTRY PARTICIPATING Australia20004158+17 So what do our findings mean for Brazil’s sporting performance in the coming weeks? The Brazilian team has 481 participants. That’s quite a jump from 2012 (248 participants) and 2008 (268). If Brazil’s medals-per-athlete rate were to stay about the same as in 2008 and 2012, it would be expected to win about 30 medals in Rio. And that would be the nation’s best Olympics showing ever (they won 17 in 2012).Brazil has the goal of a top-10 finish in the medals table. Italy, tenth in the total medal count in 2012, won 28 medals in London.6South Korea also earned 28 medals in London, although it finished in ninth place because it had more gold medals than Italy. Coming into Tuesday, the fourth day of the games, Brazil had one gold in judo and one silver in shooting.One gold medal that Brazil hopes to win is in men’s soccer, the country’s most popular sport. The men’s national team has won the World Cup five times but never Olympic gold. Beyond all the numbers, winning men’s soccer gold would make the games a success for many Brazilians. West Germany19722640+14 Australia19561135+24 Japan1964162328+166 West Germany19720.090.09+0.00 Spain1992422+18 HOST COUNTRYYEARPREVIOUS OLYMPICSHOST YEARCHANGE Canada19760.020.03+0.00 HOST COUNTRYYEARPREVIOUS OLYMPICSHOST YEARCHANGE Canada1976208385+177 Australia2000417617+200 West Germany1972275423+148 China2008384599+215 Finland19520.190.09-0.10 Australia19560.140.12-0.02 Finland19522422-2 HOST COUNTRYYEARPREVIOUS OLYMPICSHOST YEARCHANGE Great Britain20120.150.12-0.03 South Korea19881933+14 China200863100+37 Japan19640.110.09-0.02 Italy19600.190.13-0.06 Greece20041316+3 Mexico196894275+181 Great Britain2012304530+226 Italy19602536+11 MEDALS WON BY HOST COUNTRY The table3All the data we used for this article comes from Sports-Reference.com. above on the Summer Olympics shows that host countries tend to improve their medal count over their total in the previous games.4In our paper, we find similar patterns in the Winter Games as well. On average, host nations of the Summer Olympics increase their overall medal count by 20.1 medals and their gold medal count by 10.9.5In our published paper, we use a slightly different statistical approach and find slightly smaller differences: +11.6 in total medals, +7.2 in golds. It is worth noting that the biggest jumps occurred for the Soviet Union in 1980, when the United States and allies boycotted the Moscow Games, and for the United States in 1984, when the Soviet Union and allies boycotted the Los Angeles Games — both times removing a major competitor in the medal count for the host nation. Excluding the years affected by these boycotts brings the average increase in overall medal count to 12.2 and in gold medal count to 6.8. United States1984396522+126 United States19840.240.33+0.10 Australia195681294+213 Greece2004140426+286 United States1996545647+102 To assess the impact that participation levels have on the medal count, we compared the ratio of medals to participants for host nations. The table above shows a much more mixed story about whether host country athletes are having more success at home. We find that, on average, Summer Olympics hosts win fewer medals per athlete, compared with their results just four years earlier (although this result is not statistically distinguishable from a difference of zero, which remains true even if we remove the games affected by the 1980s boycotts from the pool). This tells us that even though host countries tend to increase their aggregate medal count, the increase disappears when we account for the higher number of medal-winning opportunities. This is due in part to the host’s aforementioned automatic entry for team sports, which add a large number of athletes in one shot, and the fact that teams can win only one medal, while an individual athlete may enter multiple events. Related: Hot Takedown The Subtle (And Not So Subtle) Dominance Of U.S. Swimmers And Gymnasts Italy1960135280+145 read more

September 28, 2019
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Opinion Peyton Mannings numbers dont make him the greatest quarterback in NFL

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws the ball during a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 5 in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals, 41-20.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen Peyton Manning broke the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown record last week with the 509th of his illustrious career, many wondered if the former Colt and current Bronco is now officially the greatest quarterback in the NFL’s history.He very well could be, but, in my opinion, breaking that record does not change a single thing.The man whose record Manning just topped? Brett Favre.Favre — even while he held the record — was rarely in the conversation surrounding who the best quarterback ever is.And the man Favre grabbed the record from back in 2007? Dan Marino. Marino, again, a great quarterback, but not easily classified as the greatest.The reason for those two not being the top quarterbacks of all time, even while each holding the career passing touchdowns and yardage records, is simple — championships.And it is the same reason why I believe Manning — for now, at least — stacks up a rung short of the top.Between Manning, Favre and Marino — the three greatest quarterbacks ever if you go by their individual passing yards and touchdowns — there are only two championship rings. Favre won one in a 20-year career, Manning has won one in a 17-year career and Marino never won a Super Bowl in 17 seasons.Manning is 11-12 in the playoffs. He has won 70 percent of his regular season games, but holds a losing record when it really counts.That is something that cannot be overlooked.Now, of course, wins and losses are team accomplishments and it is not fair to put it all on the quarterback. But Manning’s game has taken a step down in the postseason, beyond losing more games.In his career in the regular season, Manning has thrown 0.43 interceptions for every touchdown pass. Come playoff time, that number soars up to 0.65.In Super Bowls, Manning has thrown more picks than touchdowns. He averages more than two passing touchdowns per game in his career in the regular season, but has never thrown more than one in each of his three Super Bowl appearances.Heck, even in 2006 — the year Manning won his only ring — he threw seven interceptions compared to three touchdowns in the playoffs. That’s not simply just a step down for a great, that’s downright lousy.Karl Malone might have more points than Michael Jordan, but no one will ever mistake the Mailman for being in the discussion for the greatest basketball player ever.That is for the most part because Malone never won a championship, while Jordan elevated his already-phenomenal regular season play in the playoffs. By the end of Jordan’s career, he was six-for-six in the NBA Finals.Similarly, Joe Montana, a great regular season quarterback in his own right, stepped it up to another level when it really mattered. In four Super Bowl appearances, Montana never lost — and never threw an interception.Regular season statistics are great, but, at the end of the day, teams are after the pursuit of the gold. If Manning can add another championship before his career ends — which is rapidly approaching — the book can certainly be reopened.But for now, Manning’s accolades are not enough to lift him into the greatest ever until he can prove to have something different than the regular season wonders before him. read more

September 13, 2019
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Ft Knox Population to Grow by 223 in 2016

first_imgFort Knox, Ky., will gain 223 personnel this year as a result of a reorganization of the 4th Cavalry Brigade and the relocation of the Army Reserve Careers Division headquarters from the former Fort Gillem in Georgia.The 4th Cavalry Brigade, located on the installation located south of Louisville, is transitioning to a multi-functional training brigade format, which includes three new battalion headquarters, according to a press release. The change, which will add 129 personnel to the post, will provide the unit more flexibility to support the training needs of Army Reserve and Army National Guard units.The brigade provides assistance and training to active and Reserve component forces in both a pre-deployment and deployment status, along with joint and interagency training.The Reserve Careers Division headquarters will move to Fort Knox from the Gillem enclave, a parcel of about 260 acres retained after Fort Gillem closed that hosts a wide variety of military organizations from both the active and Reserve components. The headquarters, consisting of 94 personnel, is expected to begin operations at Fort Knox in July.The move is designed to enhance and improve personnel management and coordination efforts with two other Army commands based at Fort Knox, Human Resources Command and Recruiting Command.The mission of the Reserve Careers Division is to sustain the Army Reserve through retention, transition and career management programs supporting continuum of service. The division provides command and control for over 1,600 soldiers assigned to 13 battalions located throughout the continental United States with detachments in Europe, Guam, Puerto Rico and all active theaters of operations. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

September 3, 2019
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Teenage girl raped and killed by uncle Police

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA man allegedly killed his college-going niece after rape in Singra upazila of Natore on Sunday, reports UNB.The victim is Reshmi Khatun, 16, daughter of Abdur Razzaque of Dougachha village in the upazila and a class-XII student.Officer-in-charge of Singra police station Monirul Islam said other family members went to nearby Pakuria village at noon to attend the funeral of one of their relatives keeping Reshmi at the house.Taking the chance, Reshmi’s paternal uncle Shahadat Hossain, 30, allegedly raped her and later strangulated her to death fearing that she might disclose the matter, he added.He hanged the body with the ceiling to make it appear that she committed suicide. The victim’s younger sister found her hanging after she returned from her school in the afternoon and started screaming, the OC also said.Locals rushed in and caught Shahadat following his suspicious movement.Later, police went to the spot and arrested him. They also sent the body to hospital morgue for an autopsy.last_img read more