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ARC reaches midway point

first_img Tags: African Rally Campionship Zambia is the fourth stage on the ARC championshipThe 2018 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) comes to a midway point this weekend with the Zambia International Rally.This is the fourth stage of the of the seven series championship on the ARC calendar.This year’s ARC round will make its debut in the Zambian Copperbelt province in Ndola starting on 22-23rd June.The two-day event has attracted thirty (30) crews from four countries including Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.They will compete over a total distance 218.54kilometres.The Zambia Rally will be a key race for the ARC title hopefuls as it could determine their stakes in the title chase come the end of the year.Kenya’s Manvir Baryan, Carl Tundo and Cote d’ivoire’s Gary Chaynes currently tie on top of the ARC leader board with 25 points each.Kenyan, Manvir will hope to take advantage of Chaynes and Tundo’s absence so as to build a reasonable gap on top of the standings.Kenya’s Monvir Baryan will hope to build a gap between him and his opponentsManvir Baryan will yet again be the driver to beat this weekend due to the fact that he has topped all the events away from home.However, his charge for another Zambia Rally win is not expected to come so smoothly with the local drivers whose target will be towards retaining the home victory.Kenya’s Pierro Connobia and Silvia Frigo will be in search for maximum points after falling short in South Africa with a DNF (Did Not Finish).The crew is currently in second position with 19 points from three events.Tanzania’s Ahmed Huwel will be making his debut in Zambia with his Ford Fiesta Proto.Former ARC champion Mohammed Essa will make an appearance on the ARC round after a three-year absence.He will feature with his newly acquired Subaru.Jassy Singh, also a former ARC champion, Muna Singh, Leroy Gomes, Yvon Pinto and other local drivers will be up for an impressive show in the home event.Top five ARC standings:1. Manvir Baryan 25 points2. Carl Tundo 253. GaryChaynes 254. Pierro Cannobio 195. Guy Botterill 18Comments last_img read more

Photos: Warriors great Chris Mullin selling New York home

first_imgThe Tudor home in Manhasset has six bedrooms and 6.5 baths. It features a gourmet kitchen, a conservatory and finished basement among many other amenities. Catherine … Former Golden State Warriors star and GM Chris Mullin is selling his Long Island home for $3.399 million, reports Realtor.com.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.Mullin announced in April that he would be leaving his head coaching job at his alma mater St. John’s University in Queens, NY after four years.last_img

Corruption in Big Science Exposed

first_imgA commentator chastises scientists and their leaders for contributing to the destruction of the civilization that nourishes them.Colin Macilwain, a commentator for Nature, is of a rare breed willing to expose the biases of his bosses. He attended the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) last month and had a great time. The sessions were stimulating, the fellowship was great, and lots of good ideas were shared about “how to engage the public,” the theme of the meeting.The only trouble was what was going on outside the hotel — in the United States and the world at large.In fact, the AAAS meeting took place in a sort of semi-conscious never-never land. The science-policy crowd talked a great game even as the pillars of the republic crashed noisily down around their heads.And thus he launches into a sermon to fellow scientists about their role in current events. His opinions about Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz or France’s “far-right politician Marine Le Pen” are, as could be expected, along a liberal line, but that’s not as important as his opinion about his scientific colleagues. In their “semi-conscious ever-never land” bubble, his colleagues at the AAAS meeting were oblivious to the role their own institutions have played in worrisome trends Macilwain sees as threatening western civilization. Supporters of Trump, Cruz and Sanders, he notes, were not involved in the discussions.They never are. Senior scientists are instead inextricably linked to the centrist, free-market political establishment that has tended to rule, but which is now falling dangerously from public favour.Whether his assessment of blame is on target or not, Macilwain is more upset with Big Science. Western civilization is on the rocks, falling like Rome, and all scientists want to do is keep returning to the government for money to support their own interests.Many laboratory researchers perceive this, I fear, to be someone else’s problem. But it isn’t. If the West is really in its decline-and-fall stage, its Caligula stage, its Donald Trump stage, then this isn’t just an issue for political and financial elites. It’s also a problem for the ‘experts’ who crawl around after these elites, massaging their egos and defending their interests.Trump supporters will certainly be outraged at being associated with Caligula! Nevertheless, Macilwain doesn’t care so much whether it is Trump or Sanders who is at fault. Scientists are the ones who need repentance. They pretend to be above it all, but they are as guilty as everyone, thinking themselves impartial and above the fray.The problem extends down into the community itself. We like to talk about ‘engaging the public’, but many scientists really just want to talk at them. And too many ordinary scientists hold politicians in utter intellectual contempt — even though it is the scientists who have chosen a career that allows them to pursue relatively simple problems (such as building a machine to detect gravitational waves) rather than genuinely difficult ones (such as running a social-care programme in a small town).And those senior scientists who do engage with the government or public — as scientific advisers, for example — often take up highly political positions without acknowledging that they are doing so. For example, they support free-trade agreements that cede the right of democratic governments to control things such as cigarette advertising or pesticide use without hard, scientific evidence. This is a political position that is pursued with great dedication by global corporations — and that is haplessly bought into by many scientists without a thought for its consequences.His hyperbole should hit a nerve. What? Detecting gravitational waves is simpler than running a social care program? Doesn’t Colin know how expensive the detector was, and how many years of work that took? His point sinks in on reflection. Real people outside the walls of establishment science are facing real-life problems that are difficult for them. They couldn’t care less about gravitational waves. Yet scientists proudly “talk at them” about reality, pretending to know what’s important. As elitists, they fail to recognize or acknowledge their own political biases.Some individual scientists or groups of scientists are counteracting the isolationist trend that is hastening the collapse, he notes.But at the top, there is paralysis: leading scientific organizations do little except chase money and reinforce the ruling nexus of politics and finance — even since the financial crisis of 2008, which discredited the free-market philosophy that underpins that nexus. I argued years ago (see Nature 479, 447; 2011) that scientific leaders had failed to respond in any meaningful way to that collapse, and I’m still waiting.The political structure of the West is in deep trouble, and should it fall apart, there will be plenty of blame to go around. Most will go to political and financial elites, or to rowdy mobs. But some will belong to people in the middle who have taken public funds, defended elites and then stood back and watched as democracy got ridden over a cliff.Macilwain is sketchy about his political and economic philosophy. At one point he seems to say that free markets undergird science; here he seems to say the collapse of 2008 discredited the free-market philosophy. It appears he’s portraying an unholy alliance between politics and finance (i.e., big banks). In that case, scientists have been co-conspirators. They take public funds and defend the very elites who collapsed the market and have wrested political power from the hands of citizens. What matters for science is a stable society. You can’t have that in a collapsed civilization run by mobs or by Caligulas.Update 3/17/16: See Wesley J. Smith’s take on Macilwain’s editorial at Evolution News & Views.If you are a conservative, don’t be overly distracted by Macilwain’s mischaracterization of America’s conservative candidates who repeatedly, vociferously advocate for free markets, prosperity and the rule of law (including the end of “crony capitalism” and other forms of corruption). What’s valuable in his editorial is his rare willingness to criticize Big Science. Scientists pretend to want to “engage the public” but the dialogue is all one way. They hold politicians in utter contempt, but run to them for money. They defend elites but fail to recognize their own elitist attitudes.Macilwain, a Brit, was able to state this about the Americans. But we wonder if the Editors of Nature felt he was hitting a little close to home. He was, after all, speaking about western civilization, not just American civilization.  We hope his job is safe; scientists need his voice to shatter their illusions of self-righteousness and intellectual superiority.Still, key factors were missing from his editorial. His country has become utterly secularized. What does that do to the Protestant work ethic that undergirds a market economy? His country has been invaded by Muslim immigrants, many of whom hold western civilization in contempt and prefer a Sharia dictatorship worse than any Rome under Caligula. And while many European countries are retreating from socialism, an America under avowed socialist Bernie Sanders would run up a debt and deficit so rapidly on entitlements, it would quickly dry up scientific funding. Maybe he should think again about those “right wing” candidates and listen to what they really believe about the Constitution, liberty, and free markets. Neither a bankrupt economy nor a dictatorial regime is likely to provide a safe place for science to flourish.We’re not endorsing a candidate in the lively American political scene going on now. We would only like to remind those readers who fear God that the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to instruct his church: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:1-4). A civilization conducive to a “tranquil and quiet life” is good not only for Christ followers, but also for scientists and for social workers in small towns. And need we remind everyone that knowledge of the truth (a goal of science) presupposes a standard of truth that secularism cannot provide? If truth evolves, it’s not the truth. Scientists need to ponder the origin of truth.(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

If You Want Better Results, Build Talent

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now As a leader, you will never have all the talent you need. No matter how good your company is, no matter how great your employee value proposition, some talented people will work elsewhere. There are only two strategies for acquiring the talent you need, buying it, or building it. Even companies that can afford to purchase expertise do not end up with a monopoly on the most talented people, most of whom aren’t seeking new opportunities. Because talent is a variable for producing results, if you want better results, you have to build talent.If your company is growing, that growth requires you acquire talent. As your company expands, you require more ability in leadership, management, and all of your key roles. If your company is shrinking, you need the talent to turn things around, recognizing that if you had the ability and the will to improve your situation, you would have already done so. The reason turnaround experts never run out of work is that leaders don’t often replace the people in the critical roles soon enough, some of their reluctance coming from a lack of talent to backfill the positionEvery Employee In Your Charge Can Grow and ImproveEvery employee in your charge can grow, even if some are not willing to grow, and even more are unaware of their full potential. Your existing employees, in large part, are a potential engine. If you were to help them reach their full potential, you would have a better chance of improving your company, division, department, or team reach its full potential.When I wrote The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, my first book, I borrowed a framework for Gerhard Gschwandtner. That framework was mindset + skillset + tool kit = success in sales. A reader tweeted me that my math was bad. He suggested (skillset + toolkit) x mindset was more accurate, and he was correct.As a leader, you build, maintain, and protect your culture. If the mindset is the critical factor, and I believe it is, then there is no reason a non-negotiable cultural value can’t be individual growth or personal and professional development. Those who embrace the idea that they are supposed to grow show promise of being high potential employees, the very kind that grow into critical roles. As people with the mindset grow into new roles, they end up taking on greater responsibility, many ending up in leadership of one form or another.Skill sets are not far behind mindset in value. The reason to train and develop people is that it improves your overall competency. Imagine a competency score was some score like 91% competency equals excellence, flawless execution, and goal-attainment, and something like 48% equals stagnation—or worse. I am unaware of any tool or framework to measure the overall competency of a team, department, or division, or company, but none is needed since results provide the score. Your scoreboard never lies; it only reports the score.If you are going to build talent, you must focus on growing the mindsets and skillsets of the people you lead.The Competitive Advantage of Building TalentThere is a competitive advantage in building talent. First, you don’t have to rely on your ability to recruit and retain existing talent alone as a strategy. Buying talent can be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. You can also end with talented people who don’t fit, wasting time and money on people you should never have hired.Second, and equally important, there is more latent talent available, most of whom will end up in a job where their as-yet-dormant ability will go undiscovered and undeveloped. While it feels like a shortcut to hire someone based on their experience, that is only one factor, and it is not the most important unless you don’t have the willingness or resources to train and develop them. By identifying and hiring people based on their potential, their character traits and attributes, you are acquiring your company’s future competency.The latent talent you develop becomes your pipeline. Most leaders think of their leadership pipeline as being critical. Leadership, however essential, is not the only competency you need. You need bench strength in every crucial role, whether that be sales, marketing, finance, human resources, risk, or information technology. It helps to think like a sports team. You are developing numbers two, and three, and four in addition to your star player, who, no matter how much you wish it weren’t so, will not be with you forever.Even though it is easy to believe that you can buy the talent you need, it isn’t true. You can buy the skill you need sometimes. Even when you do, there is no guarantee that the talent you believe you are buying is going to succeed because they did so in a prior role. The ability to move up the next person in line, knowing they have been being trained and developed to take the future role eliminates opportunity costs, the biggest of which may be time, time you can never recover. While the person you hired and developed may fail, the fact that they have experience with the people they are working with and the company makes it more likely they succeed.If you want better results, build talent. If you are growing, you are going to need more talented people on your team. If you are shrinking, you need the talent to turn things around and start climbing. Like most choices people present as mutually exclusive, you don’t have to choose between buying and building talent. Using both strategies allows you to be opportunistic, buying talent when it makes sense, helping them grow and develop, as well as identifying latent talent and bringing them and helping them gain the competencies they need to move up.last_img read more

APTN allowed to film human rights case over federal child welfare funding

first_imgAPTN National NewsA decision has finally been reached in a motion to grant APTN National News camera access to a human rights complaint hearing.The First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada filed a motion saying the rights of First Nations children in care were not being met as a result of underfunding.APTN National News’ cameras were initially denied access, but a new ruling has given a green light to recording the hearing.last_img

Wilmington Police Warn Of Imposters Posing As Water Department Employees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department recently had an incident of two individuals gaining access to a home posing as Water Department Employees. Several other area towns have had similar incidents. A Wilmington resident called 911 after two men came to the residence posing as contractors for the Water Department. They told the resident that they needed to do an emergency check of the water for lead contamination. In other cases, the males approach the resident and said that there was a water break in the area and that the resident’s water meter needed to be reset. These individuals will work together to attempt to distract the resident so the group may split up and gain access to the rest of the home.The Town of Wilmington Water Department employees operate town owned, clearly marked vehicles. If an individual approaches your residence or stops to ask questions regarding any utilities or permits, please ask for official town issued identification or call the Wilmington Police Department to verify whether the person is affiliated with the town. You may also contact the Wilmington Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 during normal business hours. In almost all cases, the Town of Wilmington will notify residents if Water Department employees need to gain access to a residence prior to the visit.Elderly residents are most often the targets of these types of scams. We want to ask our residents to take a moment to speak with elderly parents and neighbors so they are on the alert for this type of unscrupulous activity.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Officers Recognized By US Attorney’s OfficeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for May 23: Police Arrest 4 Individuals; Shoplifting At Market Basket Leads To Drug ArrestsIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Drunken driver injures 28 in US Mardi Gras parade

first_imgA vehicle is seen crashed along the Endymion parade route at Orleans and Carollton during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, US. Photo: AFPA pickup truck driven by a man who appeared to be “highly intoxicated” plowed into a crowd of spectators watching the main Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, sending more than 20 people to the hospital, police said.The truck, traveling along the side of the street open to traffic along the Mid-City parade route, struck three other vehicles, including a dump truck, before veering onto the median where a crowd of people stood watching the procession, according to New Orleans police.Five people were being treated at hospital trauma centers, and an investigation is ongoing, police said.Police immediately apprehended the pickup driver, who according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Fox television affiliate WVEU-TV appeared disheveled, glassy-eyed and under the influence of drugs or alcohol.Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement referred to the suspect as a “drunk driver.”Video footage from the scene showed pandemonium immediately following the early evening incident, but the Krewe of Endymion parade, the largest and most popular of numerous Mardi Gras season parades in New Orleans, continued with little or no interruption.A total of 28 people were injured, 21 of whom were taken to local hospitals, including one police officer. Seven others who were hurt declined transport, Police Chief Michael Harrison told a news conference.Local media reports said 12 people were initially listed as critically injured.Harrison said police believed the motorist who was arrested was “highly intoxicated” and was being questioned at the police department’s drunken-driving office.The Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Orleans said its agents were “coordinating with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred.”The Endymion parade incident was not the only one to mar Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans on Saturday. Earlier in the day, someone’s gun went off accidentally in a portable toilet along the route of another, smaller parade, leaving one person wounded, police said.last_img read more

Actor Tanvir Hasan kills self

first_imgTanvir Hasan SumonActor and director Tanvir Hasan Sumon has reportedly committed suicide in the city’s Uttara area, reports UNB.Police recovered the body from his sister’s house at Road-4 of Uttara Sector-4 on Friday noon.Ishtiaque Ahmed, husband of Tanvir’s sister, said the stage, TV and film actor went to visit their house along with family members from their Mirpur-10 residence.They went to sleep around 12:30am on Friday after having their dinner keeping the door of the room unlocked, he said.The domestic help found Tanvir hanging from a ceiling fan when she went to clean the room on Friday morning, Ishtiaque said, claiming that he had long been suffering from depression.Sub-inspector of Uttara east police station Abdur Rahim said they sent the body to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsy. “The reason behind the death could be known after getting the autopsy report,” he said.Tanvir was a member of Dhaka Little Theatre and Natyakendra.Alongside acting in dramas, he used to do the act of direction.last_img read more

Whats the Black Agenda for Baltimore City

first_imgAround 1979-1980, as the Reagan era was being ushered in, I remember the Baltimore Sun beginning a series on the paper’s front page on the rise of hate groups in America, complete with a photo of a burning cross and a hooded Klansman. I remember as a young Black boy, despite the protection and love my family provided, feeling really unsafe.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)To be clear, Black people, people of African ancestry in America, have never been safe in this country. From “Black Wall Street,” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Bronzeville in Chicago, to the golden age of Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore, no community, no matter how magnificently self-reliant has been impervious to structural racism. To be Black in America is to be generally imperiled in some measure, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.The specter of a Donald Trump presidency gives few of us in Black communities comfort that our plight shall be improved, and for good reason. In Trump’s America, new dangers seem to be revealed everyday (and I argue all Americans are imperiled for various reasons, whether they realize it or not).So, what now?I’ve been suggesting publicly (on First Edition) and privately for a while now, our battles may be waged more effectively in our cities and local principalities, as opposed to a national campaign of some sort. Especially given the seemingly intractable legislative gridlock and dysfunction in Washington (although that could magically loosen given a Republican House and Senate and the nation’s first Black president moving out of the White House). As well as the fact our challenges our legion and vary by region among other circumstances; housing, public safety, health, public school education, environmental justice, just to name a few.But, on even a basic level, is there a discernible Black agenda for Baltimore City? And when I say a Black agenda, I mean an agenda inclusive of people of color, the marginalized and the poor.Recently, outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake suggested in media interviews she is leaving Baltimore in better condition than she found it. I suspect many in the communities named previously would disagree.However, on Dec. 6, Catherine Pugh will be sworn in as the next mayor. Has she been presented with an agenda representative of and specifically crafted for the majority population in the city? If such a document exists and has been presented to the new mayor, I don’t know about it and nobody I know, knows about it. What I do know is, in Baltimore, if you don’t ask, you don’t eat and if you ask for too much you’ll probably get ignored.Here’s a suggestion; perhaps we should be focused on the pursuit of equal protection under the law and law enforcement reform (especially in wake of the devastating DOJ report outlining routine civil rights violations of Blacks in Baltimore).The process of completing and implementing the “consent decree,” between the city, the Baltimore Police Department and the DOJ has been delayed. Given we almost assuredly are going to be confronted with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, that process should be expedited, not sat upon.We should initiate a “truth and reparation commission,” focused on justice for the myriad victims of the zero tolerance policing policy implemented (officially) from 1999 to 2007.We should also begin exploration of a path towards the rehabilitation and repair of the city’s egregiously broken bail bond system.Perhaps, this can serve as the beginning of a series of conversations between communities and the city’s public servants that will lead to action and policies to help protect and relieve some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents in fundamental and sustainable ways. It’s a start.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more