25 swimmers named for CARIFTA training

first_imgThe Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.last_img read more

Male-Female Differences Matter

first_imgEfforts to enforce “equality” between the sexes can go awry with fake science, and consequences can be severe.Clueless politicians, devoid of common sense and drunk on political correctness, try to pretend that genders are socially constructed. Some scientists go along with the fad (13 Sept 2018), but others use their eyes to observe the obvious.Common Sense and Common ScienceFor instance, this article in Medical Xpress states flatly, “New findings on genes that drive male-female brain differences, timing of puberty.” Yes, there are differences, admit the scientists at Columbia University who found the genes that encode them – in roundworms.“Remarkably, we found that each member of this pathway is conserved between worms and humans, indicating that we have perhaps uncovered a general principle for how sexual brain differences in the brain are genetically encoded.”It’s true that a tiny fraction of people are born with abnormal chromosomes leading to challenges of gender ambiguity, but that is not an issue in the vast majority of births. So who are you going to fight, your feelings or your genes?Whoops, We Goofed. Sorry, Guys.How many laws have been written to correct for “gender inequality”? If those laws are based on bad science, one or the other sex is going to get hurt. In fact, that is happening, and it’s not the sex you think. Society has been led to believe that women suffer the most from gender inequality. This is not without reason; history has shown efforts to grant equality to women has been slow in coming: the Constitutional right to vote, for instance, was not granted till 1920 with the 19th Amendment, after decades of activism. Mention gender inequality today, and what comes to mind? Unequal pay, battered wives, sexual harrassment… the list goes on.Accordingly, many laws like Title IX of the Civil Rights Act were written to correct these imbalances from privileged males, with their toxic masculinity. Universities proudly include Women’s Studies programs. Society loves the deference given to women, with NOW (the National Organization for Women), groups for women voters, women’s marches, and lobby groups for women’s rights. Now that we are all nodding our heads yes, let’s look at new study from the University of Missouri that says, “New measure of equality reveals a fuller picture of male well-being.” Male well-being? Who cares about the gender with all the privilege? “Measurement tool acknowledges the challenges men face that researchers say have been underestimated in some countries.”Researchers from the University of Missouri and University of Essex in the United Kingdom say a new way of measuring gender inequality is fairer to both men and women, and presents a simplified but more accurate picture of peoples’ well-being than previous calculations. The new Basic Index of Gender Inequality (BIGI) focuses on three factors – educational opportunities, healthy life expectancy and overall life satisfaction.The researchers were only trying to be fair. Everybody knows about the challenges women face, but don’t men face some on account of their sex?“We calculated BIGI scores for 134 nations, representing 6.8 billion people,” said David Geary, Curators Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science about the study, published today in PLOS ONE, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals focused on science and medicine. “Surprisingly, our new measure indicated that men are, on average, more disadvantaged than women in 91 countries compared with a relative disadvantage for women in 43 countries. We sought to correct the bias toward women’s issues in existing measures and at the same time develop a simple measure that is useful in any country in the world, regardless of their level of economic development.”To be sure, 43 countries that disadvantage women are too many, but more than double that number of nations disadvantage men! How is that possible? Blame it on fake science that emerged out of political bias.Until now the Global Gender Gap Index, introduced in 2006, had been one of the most established and well-used measures of national gender inequality, used by academics and policy makers across the world. But Stoet and Geary argue that it does not measure issues where men are at a disadvantage, such as harsher punishments for the same crime, compulsory military service and more occupational deaths. The complexity of the Global Gender Gap Index also means it is sometimes difficult to distinguish whether gender differences are the result of inequality or personal preference.Clearly any imbalance is undesirable, but what is meant by imbalance? Does equal have to imply identical? Many men can relate to feeling victimized themselves, yet feel powerless to fight for their rights in a society highly biased toward women. If you doubt it, imagine a university opening a “men’s studies” program or citizens creating a “national organization for men” or the like. The recent #metoo movement exemplified the bias to always believe the woman in rape charges, disadvantaging men who are denied due process and standards of evidence. Some men are treated more harshly by judges in divorce cases—even when the innocent party—with ex-wives winning severe penalties against men, with exorbitant alimony and child-care charges they can ill afford to pay in some cases. Men are traditionally more likely to die in military conflicts and security-related jobs, or in risky occupations. They are usually the ones called upon to risk their lives to rescue women and children. Besides all this, men have a lower life expectancy. Given this added information, why would any woman want to transition to a man? Yes, it’s about time to try to be fair to both sexes when evaluating challenges to people’s well-being.This subject is a hornet’s nest that could stir up vehement emotions on both sides, with horror stories to justify them. We’re just reporting what these secular scientists say; argue with them if you must, not with us. We are all for gender equality. Traditionally, women have been unfairly treated. Corrections have been necessary, but is it not possible to go overboard? As these articles illustrate, we need to get the science right before making laws.Society would be so much better off if they started with Genesis. In the Garden of Eden, both male and female were created in the image of God. Both walked with God in the garden. Both sinned, and both will stand alone at the judgment, responsible for their own lives, without the ability to blame the other sex. The Bible has been the great liberator of women. Many women followed Jesus, and He treated them with gentleness and respect, setting an example for all of us. Women were the first to see the risen Christ. Women were present with the apostles at Pentecost, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit equally. Finally, Paul says in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Equality before God does not rule out differences in body, mind and in roles in the created order. With many exceptions, men are generally stronger, generally taller, and generally less emotional than women. Those are not better things; just different. The stronger are encouraged in the Bible to give place to the weaker. And yet some women have been strong queens, strong athletes, and do well at traditional male occupations. Men and women were meant to complement each other and need each other’s strengths. A Biblical view of sex and gender would bring true unity and diversity, with men and women enjoying their own strengths and admiring the other’s endowments. God gave certain jobs to men, and other responsibilities to women; only men could be Levitical priests, for instances, but some women could prophesy. The second great commandment, to love our neighbors as ourselves, would never justify harming the other sex or considering one’s own sex as innately superior. The Biblical view of sex would undo much of the unfairness and bias in the laws in the 91 countries disadvantaging men, and in the 43 countries disadvantaging women. Why? Because it would adhere more closely to the Creator’s revealed design. Who knows better how to operate humans than the God who invented the sexes? We will always be better off acting like what we were created to be.Exercise: List some women who have excelled at traditional male roles (e.g., Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc, Deborah the Judge) and men who have exhibited great sensitivity and tenderness (e.g., Ben Carson with his healing hands, Wolfgang Mozart in his music, poets, etc). How do these examples fit with what the Bible says about sex roles and human diversity? What is the range of acceptable diversity of each individual man or woman within a Biblical worldview? Which laws trying to correct for gender imbalance should Christians support, and which should they oppose?(Visited 531 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Thusong Service Week: taking public services to South Africans

first_img14 September 2015South Africa launched Thusong Service Week yesterday, to run from Monday to Friday, 14 to 18 September, this year.It is a week of heightened communication on the achievements of the Thusong Service Programme and forms part of Public Service Month, a Batho Pele revitalisation strategy to encourage good ethics, morale and pride among public servants.The main hubs of the campaign are the numerous Thusong Service Centres, where information about government services – and access to those services – is made available to peri-urban and rural communities. Previously known as multi- purpose community centres, they were set up in 1999 as a primary vehicle for the implementation of development communication and information, integrating government services into primarily rural communities.There are 185 Thusong Service Centres in 107 local municipalities countrywide. From these, an additional 114 integrated mobile facilities take government services to more rural areas. Here, South Africans can access government services such as grants, personal documents and housing applications, as well as adult basic education and training, and advice for small business development.They can also make use of free office services such as phone, fax, scan, copy, print and post.Now in its 16th year, the programme continues to build access not only to government information and services, but it also offers a place where people can get access to opportunities offered by other civil society groups, including businesses, NGOs and parastatals. It addresses historical, social and economic factors which limited access to information, services and participation by citizens who previously had to travel long distances to access these services.Ethics and moraleThusong Service Week would encourage public servants to deliver high quality services in support of government priorities, as well as to commit themselves to improve the way they work to deliver them, said the acting director-general in the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko. He was speaking at the launch in Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend.“The Thusong Service Centre Programme is one of the first unique initiatives implemented by (the) government which integrates services across the three spheres (national, provincial and local government).”Liphoko said while there was a concern about the culture of public servants not doing what they were hired to do, of public servants becoming too arrogant to serve the public, “it is imperative to remind the public servants that they have the role to play in ensuring that citizens gets the service that they deserve”.The week had been set aside to inform citizens about the services, information and opportunities available, and to encourage public servants to deliver high quality services in support of government priorities, recommitting themselves towards improving the way they worked to deliver them, Liphoko explained.Public-private partnershipsPublic and private partnerships were key to bring service delivery to residents, he said, adding that “over the past seven years, we have progressively increased the number of public-private partnerships covering a wide range of sectors”. This was in line with the call by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address earlier this year for more private enterprise partnerships with public services that ensured equal privileges for all South Africans.“Public and private partnership is key to bringing service delivery to the people in this country. Over the past seven years, we have progressively increased the number of public-private partnerships covering a wide range of sectors.”Through the Thusong Service Centres, approximately five million people gained access to services from the government, parastatals and community-based organisations each year, Liphoko said.“These centres help in promoting service delivery programmes, transfer of skills, employment creation and providing information on business opportunities for those who are interested in starting their own business.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: The Decision to Control Your Life

first_imgSuccessful people believe that the source of their success is internal. Less successful people believe that external forces control their success.A hustler believes that they are acting upon their world, it is not acting upon them. Because the hustler believes they can shape their world, they take action to control and influence that which is necessary for success. This starts with controlling themselves, including their beliefs, behaviors, and actions. They also act to influence everything else to tilt things in their direction, allowing them to produce the results that build success.External ForcesNon-hustlers believe the world is acting upon them. They believe that their circumstances dictate their present condition and the possibility for future success. The non-hustler believes they have a greater chance of winning the lottery than generating financial success by investing in themselves. They believe that external factors determine their fate.The non-hustler believes that their history, the circumstances of their birth, their familial situation, their martial status, their present employer, their present manager, the general economy, their government, or their government’s enemies all control the level of success available to them. To the non-hustler all their problems are external.Internal ForcesThe hustler believes that all their challenges are internal, that they are of their own making. This belief is what empowers the hustler to act. The hustler sees adversity as a gift, something to push against.The circumstances of their birth are something they have the power to escape. Their present employment is a place from where to launch their next project. The general economy is a place of opportunities that others are afraid to pursue.The most powerful decision you can make is the decision to take total control of your life. If your life isn’t what you want it to be, you have the power to change it. If what you are doing isn’t what you are supposed to be doing, you have the power to do something else.Until you make the decision to control your life, success will elude your grasp. If you want it, you have to control it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Alibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports

first_imgESPN reported that it obtained NBA financial documents that show the Nets lost $144 million on basketball-related activities in the 2013-14 season, a figure more than $100 million higher than any other franchise. The Nets’ operating loss of $23.5 million last season was higher than any other team except the Detroit Pistons.This season the outlook is brighter for the team thanks to an increase in television revenues of nearly $50 million, in part the result of increases in the NBA’s national television contract. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Although the Nets had the worst record in the NBA last season, a source told Newsday that the deal values the franchise at $2.3 billion.That tops the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets earlier this year in a deal that included their Toyota Center arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnder terms of the Nets sale first reported by ESPN, Tsai can choose to purchase a controlling interest in the Nets after four years, but not necessarily 100 percent ownership.Prokhorov, who retains full ownership of Barclays Center arena, could retain a minority stake in the team in the future and remain in control of team operations and the management team he installed more than a year ago headed by general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson. Read Nextcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Brooklyn Nets huddle on the court prior to their first home game against the Toronto Raptors at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images/AFPJoseph Tsai, one of the founders of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is set to buy 49 percent of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, reports said Friday.ESPN and Newsday both reported that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who purchased controlling interest in the cub in 2009, has agreed to the sale.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more