WhatsApp Facebook TAGSEuropean ChampionshipsKettlebell Rugby Twitter By Siun Lennon – 15th May 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Laois is set to host the largest European Kettlebell Marathon championships to date from Friday May 25 to Sunday May 27.Portlaoise will be hosting 120 athletes from all over Europe as well as hundreds of spectators and supporters over the three days. The championships will be held in St Mary’s CBS hall.Andrea O’Neill from Laois Girevoy club spoke to LaoisToday about the championships.“It certainly is a great achievement for the sport in Laois and for Laois tourism. Competitors from 12 countries will be staying in hotels all over Laois,” said Andrea.“Kettlebells as a sport has really pushed on in Ireland over the last few years,” she added. Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articleMaster plan for Portlaoise Enterprise Park almost readyNext articlePortarlington man climbs 15 mountains in 5 days to raise funds for rare syndrome Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Andrea explained that the championships will have both traditional lifting and marathon lifting, which is lifting without a break for either 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the competition.“Mountrath Kettlebell club will be holding the Irish qualifiers at the end of March and we hope to have 20 or more Irish members qualify for the European championships,” she added.Laois representing IrelandLast year’s qualifiers saw a number of competitors from both Portlaoise and Mountrath made it onto the Irish Marathon team.Laois Girevoy Kettlebell Club coach Dermot O’Neill put in a proposal to the IKMF president last year and managed to secure the competition through the Association of Kettlebell Sport Ireland.The organising committee would like to thank all the sponsors to date, Laois Tourism and Laois Sports Partnership.They are also hoping for great numbers to get out and support our men and women in green throughout the weekend.SEE ALSO – Laois match won’t clash with Champions League final while the Dubs are on the way back to Portlaoise Laois set to host European Kettlebell Championships next weekend Home Sport Other Sport Laois set to host European Kettlebell Championships next weekend SportOther Sport
Jamaica and Us to Collaborate On Climate Change Matters EnvironmentJune 21, 2013Written by: Rodger Hutchinson Related35 in Duanvale Get Land Title Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today (June 20) between Jamaica and the United States of America, that will see greater co-operation between both countries, on matters related to climate change and environmental best practices.The agreement will see the Ministries of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and Science, Technology, Energy and Mining collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to develop and promote environmental best practices.The programme of assistance will include a framework for the development of a Climate Change Policy, on which the government is working. A Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) and a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) will also be developed under the agreement.Environment Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill and Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government, at Jamaica House.Mr. Pickersgill noted that work has already started on the Climate Change Policy, adding that the Low Emission Development Strategy and the National Adaptation Plan would be developed quickly.“Under the Agreed Work Programme, the U.S. Government has pledged technicaland manpower assistance to the Climate Change Advisory Committee;on the establishment of Climate Change focal points; a technical expert to conduct analyses and provide guidance towards a Climate Finance Policy; knowledge sharing to facilitate GOJ participation in International fora on climate change and sustainable development; and advice on trilateral co-operation with other countries in Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS),” Minister Pickersgill stated.The US government will also assist in identifying possibilities for joint collaboration and co-ordination in enhancing capacity for LEDS.Meanwhile, Minister Paulwell pointed out that in addition to facilitating opportunities for Jamaica’s development toward effective climate change and environmental protection, the MoU will facilitate greater collaboration between various agencies and the Ministries.He said the agreement provides practical applications which will benefit the country.“There are so many practical things that we’re going to be doing. We’re going to get technical support, but we’re going to get on-the-ground support out of this arrangement and it’s going to be for a number of years to come,” he told JIS News.US Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, who also addressed the signing ceremony, noted that her Government was very happy to establish a partnership agreement with Jamaica and be part of a movement where globally, countries are taking practical approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“The US government applauds this spirit of co-operation and hopes the initiative will help Jamaica achieve its sustainable economic growth and development objectives, becoming a more climate resilient and food secure nation in the process,” she said.Mission Director of the USAID, Denise Herbol, said the project is a flagship programme under US President Barack Obama’s Global Climate Change Initiative. The Initiative is tailored to each country’s needs and has so far partnered with 21 countries, including Jamaica.“The programme will build on existing climate change related plans and strategies in Jamaica. The MoU signing brings us one step closer to gaining increased access to clean energy, while accelerating development and economic growth,” the Mission Director said. RelatedMinistry Welcomes New Pipes to Reduce Water Loss By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter RelatedRenewed Focus on Cassava
Intelligent Design Bad Design Inferences Can Land Innocent People in JailEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCApril 7, 2017, 2:18 AM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos We’ve noted forensic science in previous discussions of sciences that show intelligent design in action (along with archaeology, informatics, cryptology, and others). A good forensic analyst can determine where a particular uranium ore came from in Africa, even if it is found in North Korea. Crime labs routinely piece together clues to separate natural from intelligent causes in murder cases, and calculate the probabilities that clues are not due to chance.When there is strong motivation to find a particular outcome, however, forensics can not only yield wrong answers, but put innocent people in jail. Courtrooms have long trusted forensic analysts as expert witnesses. Highly motivated prosecuting attorneys try to wring confident assertions from their expert witnesses about DNA matches to a suspect, ammunition links to his weapon, and the like. Often, defense attorneys lack the expertise to counter the assertions, and a jury can be swayed by what appears to be strong evidence of guilt.In Nature, Robin Mejia argues for labeling the limits of forensic science. As a forensic scientist herself and a member of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (a consortium of four universities that aims to close holes in statistical analyses of pattern-matching evidence), she knows of many horror stories of innocent people wrongly convicted.In 2005 I produced a documentary showcasing several cases in which flawed forensic analyses helped to get innocent people locked up. Riky Jackson went behind bars for two years because of incorrectly matched fingerprints. Jimmy Ray Bromgard spent nearly 15 years in jail, mainly because of hair comparisons that lacked scientific rigour. Now I’m a scientist who uses data analysis to promote human rights, and I’m disheartened to see these errors continue. That is why I hope that a US federal commission will vote next week to endorse practices that would transform how forensic analysts talk about evidence.This would reduce the number of innocent people sent to prison. Consider Crystal Weimer, a single mother of three whose murder conviction was largely based on assertions that wounds on a dead man’s hand were made by Weimer’s teeth. Last June, after a multi-year, multi-lawyer saga, all charges against her were dismissed. [Emphasis added.]Would these errors have been prevented by proper application of the Design Filter? As with criminal justice, natural causes are “innocent till proven guilty” of intelligent design. The burden of proof is on the forensic analyst to show that a given phenomenon could not have happened by chance. Only through sufficiently small probabilities can chance be eliminated. Coincidences do happen. This month, BBC News reported that a lucky couple won the lottery three times: in 1989, in 2010, and again this year.Mejia lists what the proposals would do to tighten up loose design inferences:The proposals that will be put to a vote on 10 April lay out how forensic analysts should testify about evidence such as shoeprints, bullet ballistics, blood spatter and glass shards. Analysts must explain how they examined evidence and what statistical analyses they chose. They must also describe inherent uncertainties in their measurements. Most importantly, experts must never claim with certainty that anything found at a crime scene is linked to a suspect, and they must always try to quantify the probability that observed similarities occurred by chance.In forensics, that probability can be hard to calculate.Even if scientists can objectively quantify the similarities between evidence from a crime scene and evidence from a suspect, no one knows how often such matches would occur by chance. Suppose striations on a bullet from a crime scene resemble those from a bullet test-fired from a suspect’s gun. How frequently would bullets from other guns have similar markings? Except for some types of DNA samples, just about every type of forensic comparison lacks that information.She did not elaborate on which “DNA samples” are more amenable to eliminating chance when analyzing similarities, but that’s interesting. Clearly, some types of evidence can eliminate chance with much greater certainty.One major boost for certainty in a design inference is the magnitude of the improbability of chance. In their recent film Origin, Illustra Media used Biologic Institute scientist Doug Axe’s calculation of chance generating a single functional protein of 100 amino acids in length, under ideal conditions, as 1 in 10 to the 161st power. Such an inconceivable number exceeds William Dembski’s “Universal Probability Bound” (1 in 10 to the 150th power) by 11 orders of magnitude — 100 billion times less probable. Clearly, if something is so improbable it will never ever happen in the entire universe, it’s not going to happen if it is 100 billion times less probable!A sharp defense attorney might cross-examine the forensic analysis with pointed questions: How do you know it is that improbable? How was this figure calculated? Axe would explain his methods for measuring the degree of functional space within configuration space for proteins of that length. He would explain, additionally, that the amino acids have to form peptide bonds, not just any bond. And they would have to be left-handed. Writing on the whiteboard in court, he could justify his calculation. He might even show that his value underestimates the real improbability.But even if Axe were off by billions, or indeed trillions or quadrillions or septillions, he could still convincingly eliminate chance with auxiliary calculations. Obviously, he could tell the jury, one protein is not alive. The simplest known living cell has over 300 different proteins. Discovery fellow Paul Nelson emphasizes this point in the film. Even if against all odds the single protein assembles by chance, the improbability ramps up much further when you factor in all the other requirements for a self-replicating cell. Tim Standish rubs it in by explaining that peptide bonds do not form in water anyway, and Biologic Institute scientist Ann Gauger closes all the other loopholes that origin-of-life materialists try to use to get around the vast improbability.This, friends, is the level of certainty to be had in the design inference for life. Other intelligent-design sciences actually fall far short of this level of certainty. Whether in forensics, optimization, SETI, or one’s own experience, inferences to design as the best explanation will always leave some room for doubt. The jury in a murder case needs to maintain the accused’s innocence till proven guilty, and only convict when the evidence is “beyond reasonable doubt.”There is no reasonable doubt that the origin of life occurred by design. One has to believe in miracles upon miracles to say chance could surmount such enormous, unthinkable, preposterous improbabilities. Scientists don’t reject design in cases involving far, far less robust calculations. Even a hiker infers design intuitively when seeing three rocks stacked on top of each other. How much more should one recognize design when the probability of chance is so absurdly low?Photo credit: ccPixs.com, via Flickr. Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. 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Following are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending April 21. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online at www.hupd.harvard.edu/.April 16: Officers were dispatched to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to take a report of a stolen IBM Thinkpad laptop. An officer was dispatched to take a report of $1,000 in cash stolen at the Dental School.April 17: A suspicious individual was reported outside the entryway of Leverett House. Officers report the individual was gone on arrival.April 18: At Leverett House, officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious individual in the building. Officers located the individual, conducted a field interview, ran the individual for warrants, and found that the individual had a previous trespass warning. The individual was placed under arrest and charged with felony breaking and entering. At the Harvard Institutes of Medicine Building, two individuals were arrested while attempting to steal a bicycle. Officers observed one of the suspects riding a bicycle, and when the suspect saw the officers, the individual attempted to flee the area. The officers conducted a foot pursuit, stopped the individual, and located the bicycle as well as the other individual. Both individuals were charged with larceny.April 19: Officers were dispatched to Pforzheimer House to a report of a suspicious individual in the building turning doorknobs in an attempt to gain access to rooms. The reporting individual stated they attempted to speak with the individual, but the suspicious individual walked away. Officers conducted an extensive search of the area for the individual with negative results. At Gund Hall, an officer was dispatched to take a report of a stolen bicycle and black bag. The individual’s lock was cut and left at the scene.April 20: At the Pound Building, officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious individual in the building. The officers located the individual, conducted a field interview, ran the individual for warrants with negative results, and issued the individual a trespass warning for all Harvard University property. An individual’s moped was stolen at Gund Hall. At Dunster House, an officer took a report of a stolen purse containing a digital camera, $200 in cash, and a license.April 21: Officers were dispatched to a report of a student who was the victim of an attempted armed robbery. The victim stated that while traveling on the walkway between Memorial Hall and the Cambridge Street overpass, they were approached by an individual, who struck the victim in the head with a metal pipe and attempted to take the victim’s purse. After being struck, the victim, who was unable to provide a detailed description of the suspect, fled the area.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Muslim community of Michigan has stepped forward this week with a contribution of $100,000 to support Detroit residents who are facing hardship from water shut offs.More than 60,000 households in Detroit have faced the risk of water shut off or are struggling to recover from water damage due to recent floods. The grant from the Michigan Muslim Community Council in partnership with Islamic Relief USA – the largest Muslim charity organization in the United States – will be used in direct assistance to disadvantaged Detroit families struggling to maintain their water utilities. The groups hope that this grant will encourage others to come forward with assistance since there is still great need.“We are hoping this is going to be contagious,” said Islamic Relief CEO, Anwar Khan. “It is important to us in our faith to help our neighbors. It is a part of our faith to help our friends.” Islamic Relief USA had provided disaster relief teams to metro-Detroit to help with recent Detroit flooding, and has partnered with local groups to offer Disaster Assistance Response Training to residents in order to have a group of trained individuals who can help if future disasters strike this area.Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan led an effort to provide water relief to disadvantaged families by setting up the Detroit Water Fund and a plan for residents to receive help. Other major donors to this effort include Ford and GM who each donated $50,000, and the United Way which donated $100,000.The grant is part of a concerted effort by metro-Detroit Muslims to contribute to the city’s revitalization because Detroit has been an important part of American Muslim history and is recovering from difficult economic times. Other initiatives include the Huda clinic, which provides free medical and dental clinic to all; Zaman International, which provides food and material assistance to at risk-women and children; DREAM (Detroit Revitalization Engaging American Muslim), which reclaims and renovates homes for disadvantaged families; and the Ramadan Fight Against Hunger Food Drive and Oedhiya project, which distributes several tons of food and meat annually to local food banks and community centers.Learn more at www.mimuslimcouncil.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Running up the score is a necessity Related Fifteen years ago tomorrow, an unheralded, underdog Utah football team went into Eugene, Ore., and emerged with a shocking 34-16 victory. It was a defining win for the Utes in what turned out to be a watershed season of sorts for both programs.The Utes went on to finish with a 10-2 record, their first 10-win season in history, including a victory in the Freedom Bowl.The Ducks overcame that loss and went on to win their first Pac-10 title in 37 years with a resulting appearance in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1958. In the final AP rankings, Utah was ranked No. 10 and Oregon No. 11.Since then, both programs have probably enjoyed more success than they achieved in the entire previous century of football.Before 1994, losing seasons were almost as common as winning seasons for both programs, as Oregon compiled an overall winning percentage of just 51.4, while Utah won only 56.5 percent of its games. In the 30 years leading up to 1994, the Utes had just 12 winning seasons, while the Ducks had only nine.Since 1994, however, it’s been a different story. Oregon has had just one losing season since ’94, while Utah has just two. Oregon has gone to 13 bowl games, winning six, while Utah has gone to 10 bowl games and won nine of them. Amazingly, the two programs have nearly identical records over the last 15 years, with Utah going 125-55 and Oregon 125-59.When the two schools tangle on Saturday afternoon (1:30 p.m. MDT) on the third weekend of September, just as they did in 1994, Utah goes in with a 2-0 record and Oregon is 1-1, just as they were in 1994.However, there also are a lot of differences.Besides the fact that neither was thought of as a national program back then, there wasn’t much interest in the game. A crowd of just 25,358 showed up on a perfect afternoon. Back then, Aut?zen Stadium held 42,000 — 12,000 fewer than today’s capacity, which was increased with a $90 million renovation in 2002. This game will be the 61st straight sellout with a crowd in excess of 55,000.This year’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Back then, it was not televised live, with a replay shown on something called Prime Sports Network two nights later.The ’94 Utes had a senior-laden team led by quarterback Mike McCoy and defensive tackle Luther Elliss. They came into that Sept. 17 game having beaten Utah State in Logan and Idaho State 66-0 the week before. Oregon, meanwhile, was coming off a loss in Hawaii after an opening win over Portland State.Utah got off to a fast start, taking the opening kickoff and going 80 yards in 11 plays, with Juan Johnson going the final two yards for a touchdown. However, two Ute turnovers led to a pair of Duck scores, a field goal and a touchdown, to give Oregon the momentum at 10-7.The game turned late in the first half on a gutsy call by the Utes. They set up for a 26-yard field goal, but holder Jason Jones stood up and bulled his way up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run. Then, just before the half, Kareem Leary intercepted a Duck pass and went 38 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-10 at halftime.Oregon cut the lead to 21-16 early in the third quarter and held the Utes to just five yards on three possessions. But the Ducks missed a pair of long field goals and Utah scored late in the third quarter on a pass from McCoy to Deron Claiborne and added a fourth-quarter TD on a pass from McCoy to Robert Hamilton.Ute coach Kyle Whittingham was in his first year as a Utah assistant and, of course, his memory of the game centers on the defense, particularly the defensive line, which he coached.”We played well that game, particularly on defense,” Whittingham said. “We had a great front with Luther Elliss, Henry Kaufusi and Bronzell Miller. It was a day the defense played very well and we came out with a win.”Since that pivotal game in 1994, the Utes and Ducks have met four times, with Oregon winning three times, including both games in Eugene. In 1997, the Ducks had little trouble in a 31-13 victory, and in 2001, Oregon won 24-10. The Utes came back to win in 2003, 17-13 at home, with Alex Smith leading the way.This Saturday, the Utes will be trying to duplicate their stunning 1994 win and perhaps catapult them to another outstanding season.Utes on the airNo. 16 Utah (2-0)at Oregon (1-1)Saturday, 1:30 p.m., MTTV: ESPNRadio: 700AMe-mail: [email protected] Oregon’s offense a puzzle