Gardens Civic Association Gives O.C. Schools Donation

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEIn a time when fundraising for the Ocean City school district has slowed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a local organization has offered help in the way of a needed donation.The Ocean City Gardens Civic Association donated $4,350 this month to the district for three needed supplies.The donation enables the district to purchase 155 mask clips for Intermediate School students, giving students a way to secure their protective masks to their clothing should they have to temporarily take the masks off. Funds also went to the Primary School for 654 foam gym mats and portable pop-up tents for outdoor activities.“We presented the check to the Board of Education,” said Duane Sonneborn, treasurer for the GCA. “We were looking to donate funds and when we were approached by Jocelyn Palaganas, the PTA president, about the schools’ needs, we were happy to help.”The Gardens Civic Association is a nonprofit organization made up of residents in the Gardens section of Ocean City.Each year the GCA members organize community events, including beach and yard cleanups and the Fourth of July bike parade in the north end.Schools are doing more outdoor instruction for social distancing guidelines.The GCA also donates to worthy causes.“Obviously, people in the Gardens have kids in the Primary and Intermediate schools. Our donation helps them, and it helps the other kids in Ocean City,” Sonneborn noted.Palaganas, who recently joined the Gardens Civic Association, said that with COVID-19, so much of the PTA fundraising efforts have stalled or have gone virtual.“Since I became involved in the GCA, I thought I could ask for the donation because it is very important for the schools to have these supplies,” Palaganas said of the mask clips and the mats.She continued, “The association has a very successful membership and money to give. I had these two grants sent to the PTA for the supplies. But everything was frozen.”With fundraising capabilities limited to virtual and online, the process of raising money for needed school supplies slows down.“We are trying to maintain what we have,” Palaganas explained. “Donations like those from the association really helps.”Palaganas commended Sonneborn and the other leaders of the association.“They offered the donation without hesitation,” she said. “They were very happy to see the opportunity come about to help. They are trying to grow their membership, and this is a good way to do it by getting involved and giving money to the community.”This letter from the Gardens Civic Association outlines the donation to the district. (Courtesy GCA) Expanded programs and new studies will be part of the new budget.last_img read more

Kate Fosher Joins Northeast Benefits Management

first_imgNortheast Benefits Management, LLC in South Burlington, VT is pleased toannounce that Kate Fosher has joined its organization as a BenefitsAdministrator.Kate has a B.A. in History with Secondary EducationLicensure from Johnson State College.Kate, formally of Morgan Stanleywill be supporting clients that utilize NBM’s web-based flexible spendingaccount claims and processing system.NBM is an independent firm,delivering a full range of employee benefits management services. As afee-for-service company, we provide organizationally targeted employeebenefits program planning, including review, analysis, administration andemployee communication. NBM offers effective, comprehensive solutionstargeted to the specific needs for companies.NBM is delighted to welcomeKate Fosher to its growing team.last_img read more

Tunisia Bounces Back to Sink Algeria

first_imgIt was a typical North African derby. The match started with high intensity with both sides chasing an early goal, but it was the Desert Warriors who threatened first.After taking the game to the Carthage Eagles, Algeria received a set piece, but Yacine Brahimi saw his effort tipped over the crossbar by Aymen Mathlouthi inside the first five minutes.Mathlouthi became the busier of the two goalkeepers when he was called to keep Adlene Guedioura’s powerful shot away from the d-line in the 11th minute.In the 20th minute, Henryk Kasperczak’s men received a corner, but Youssef Msakni’s touch was not enough to put the ball in across the face of the goal, while Ahmed Akaichi arrived late on the far post.A few minutes later, Riyad Mahrez was also put through in the box, but the Leicester City man saw his effort punched away from danger by Mathlouthi.Despite dishing out good football, both sides went to the tunnel deadlocked at 0-0.With just five minutes played of the second half, a wonderful run by Msakni into the box saw skipper Mandi conceding an own goal to give Tunisia the lead.Some 14 minutes later, Tunisia were given a penalty when Faouzi Ghoulam fouled Wahbi Khazri in the box and Sliti converted from the spot, doubling their lead to 2-0.Despite getting a number of chances to break the deadlock, it was substitute Hanni who pulled one back for the Fennecs in injury time.In the end, Tunisia managed to protect the lead and walked away with the full three points.George Leekens’s men are now bottom of the standings with one point and will hope to win against the Lions of Teranga on Monday, January 23.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2017Tunisia bounced back in Group B when they beat Algeria 2-1 in their 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tie at Stade de Franceville yesterday evening.Two goals courtesy of a penalty by Naim Sliti and an own goal from Tunisian skipper Naim Mandii handed the Carthage Eagles the deserved win.On the other hand, the Desert Warriors managed to bag a consolation strike through substitute Sofianne Hanni when he finished neatly in the box in injury time.The victory elevates the Tunisians to the second spot in the group with three points after their 2-0 loss to Senegal in their opener.last_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: What a superb Valentine’s weekend revellers had at Donegal’s No.1 nightclub Voodoo Venue.With Kevin Lennon on the decks, the talented DJ ensured the dance-floor was never vacant on Saturday night.The venue was packed all weekend and a fantastic weekend was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Love was in the air all weekend at Voodoo Venue!Above is a selection of images from the weekend, and if you’ve been circled in the pictures above, then you’ve just won FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of Champagne when you next visit Voodoo Venue.Contact Voodoo via Facebook to claim your prize now!  VALENTINE’S PICTURE SPECIAL: LOVE WAS IN THE AIR AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

SETI: A Fact-Free Occult Cult with Money

first_img(Visited 426 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The science behind SETI is just window dressing. Believers obsess on space aliens with religious zeal, not evidence.Aliens could be purple, new study says (Fox News Science from Live Science). Sure, they could be purple. They could be pink. Perhaps they are yellow, or lime green. When you have no facts, you can say space aliens “could be” any color or shape. Why, even the Earth “could” have been purple before there were observers to prove it. The absence of facts doesn’t shame writer Stephanie Pappas, who gets rewarded with prime internet real estate on a science news site to engage in fact-free speculation. Why? Because it comports with Darwinism.Credit: Illustra MediaBreakthrough Listen To Incorporate The Meerkat Array in Search for Technosignatures (Astrobiology Magazine). This is another pet project of Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, who breathed new life into SETI by pumping some of his millions into the search. The MeerKAT array of radio telescopes in South Africa will search a thousand more objects than previous attempts. Its method will be to look for “technosignatures” of stars. Are they allowed to use intelligent design principles to infer intelligent design? Don’t you dare say that phrase! See also Mike Wall’s article on this. And wherever you hear the word “alien” around, you can be sure Astrobiology Magazine reporters will come running.Could ‘Oumuamua be an extraterrestrial solar sail? (Astronomy Today via Matt Williams looks at a burned-out comet that whizzed past Earth last year and imagines alien technology. Maybe the cigar-shaped rock was a spacecraft that used light energy for sailing the cosmos. Williams got help from “astronomers” thinking about this. But were they doing scientific astronomy when they turned off fact-gathering, and turned on their imaginations?Interestingly enough, there has also been some speculation that based on its shape, ‘Oumuamua might actually be an interstellar spacecraft (Breakthrough Listen even monitored it for signs of radio signals!). A new study by a pair of astronomers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has taken it a step further, suggesting that ‘Oumuamua may actually be a light sail of extra-terrestrial origin.Sure, it “could” or “might” or “may” be anything if you are willing to red-line your perhapsimaybecouldness index. As the saying goes, if pigs had wings, they could fly.Universe’s mysterious dark force could lead to life (Fox News Science). Our headline calls SETI “a cult with money.” That’s a play on words; it also sounds like “Occult with Money.” This article begins with a play on words, too:Nothing is important. We’re almost sure it’s there. But we don’t know what it is. But this nothing could control the fate of the universe. And there may even be entire solar systems made of it.Physicists have been grappling with dark matter — and dark energy — for decades.It’s where many of our laws of physics disappear in a puff of smoke.But nothing “could lead to life.” Yes, and there goes science in a puff of smoke, too.Bayesian approach to SETI PNAS). Let’s get serious. People at the National Academy of Sciences are serious, aren’t they? With a little Bayesian inference (a popular scientific reasoning method), they can speculate without any evidence at all.Ongoing and future initiatives in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) will explore the Galaxy on an unprecedented scale to find evidence of communicating civilizations beyond Earth. Here, we construct a Bayesian formulation of SETI to infer the posterior probability of the mean number of radio signals crossing Earth, given a positive or a null outcome of all-sky searches for nonnatural radio emissions. We show that not detecting signals within ∼40 kly from Earth is compatible with the absence in the entire Galaxy of detectable emitters of a wide range of radiated power. The discovery of even a single emission within ∼1 kly implies instead that over 100 signals typically cross our planet from the Milky Way.Now, there’s only one little problem to mop up: finding that “single emission.” Interesting phrase they use: “nonnatural radio emissions” — aren’t most SETI believers naturalists? Don’t philosophical naturalists believe that nature is all there is?Science Daily‘s entry on this paper doesn’t answer that question. The French cultists make the argument that if we don’t find them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Logically, that’s true. But try that argument on SGI, the search for ghost intelligence.Astronomer Jill Tarter discusses the search for intelligent life ( Jill Tarter, one of the queens of SETI, was given royal treatment in a Harvard interview. The interviewer could have asked some hard questions, but one never treats royalty that way.For me, after millennia of asking priests and philosophers what we should believe, I just thought it was very exciting that right then in the middle of the 20th century we were beginning to have some tools—telescopes and computers—that allowed scientists and engineers to try to figure out what is, and not have to take somebody’s belief system. I thought that was really important and I got hooked.Without realizing, she was being treated as a priestess herself. She created a belief system with no evidence. The interviewer was now asking her what we should believe. Tarter had inspired a movie, but has produced not a single point of data to confirm her childhood imagination: “It just always seemed to me that probably walking along the beach on some other world there was some other creature with their father, looking and seeing our sun as a star in their sky.”To Jjill Tarter, pretending to be a scientist but having no data doesn’t matter. “Even not finding it but trying to find it is important because it helps to give people a more cosmic perspective.” That’s a faith quest. It also ignores many theists who have a ‘cosmic perspective’ without ascribing to her cult based on her feelings about what “just always seemed to me.”Imagine a world without facts (Science Magazine). Who lacks facts? Jeremy Berg undoubtedly had his usual bogeymen in mind, the ones who dare criticize the scientific consensus, or totalitarian science, as John West calls it (Evolution News). It’s hard to disagree with his generalities:To avoid sliding further into a world without facts, we must articulate and defend the processes of evidence generation, evaluation, and integration. This includes not only clear statements of conclusions, but also clear understanding of the underlying evidence with recognition that some propositions have been well established, whereas others are associated with substantial remaining uncertainty. We should acknowledge and accept responsibility for, but not exaggerate, challenges within the scientific enterprise. At the same time, we should continue to call out statements put forward that are factually incorrect with reference to the most pertinent evidence. Without taking these steps forcefully, we risk living in a world where many things do not work as well as we need them to.Berg need look no further than his materialist friends in the SETI cult to imagine a world without facts. And they get away with it. Big Science loves those fact-free imagineers.Most reasonable people love facts. Acts & Facts Magazine at ICR loves facts. ICR has a film series called That’s a Fact. Where are the facts in SETI? The facts about pulsars, neutron star mergers and radio frequencies are interesting, but they do not bear on the question at hand: do space aliens exist? For that, there are no facts at all. Why do the SETI cultists get a pass? The same people who will scream at theists, demanding “evidence” for God, will let the occult cult of SETI get by with no facts – not even a single fact by which one could infer their presence indirectly, like a “technosignature” or an artifact incapable of natural formation.“We are looking for signals at some frequency, some wavelength that don’t look like what Mother Nature produces,” Jill Tarter said in 2014.The SETI cultists are incapable of seeing their hypocrisy. They use the exact same reasoning to intelligent causes employed by the Intelligent Design movement, but they don’t get the message, even when it is explained to them. They insist on calling ID religion, but what they do “science.” Case in point: at JPL, when my boss accused me of “pushing religion” with intelligent design DVDs I would occasionally share with co-workers, he shouted at me “Intelligent design is religion!” In response, I asked him point-blank about SETI. I asked him, “What about SETI? Aren’t they using intelligent design to infer intelligent causes from radio signals?” I couldn’t even finish the sentence before he interrupted me. He said, “That’s different. The scientific community has determined that SETI is science.”Go figure.This shows that my boss, who grew up believing the Bible but junked it in college, did not really leave religion behind. He just exchanged one religion founded on historical, verifiable facts for another religion with no facts: an occult religion—a cult religion. Its god is Darwin; its angels are space aliens, and its altar is a radio dish. This cult, moreover, turns its devotees into totalitarian bigots. Don’t believe it? SETI fakery gets a complete pass in the media, but intelligent design material is vigorously censored. And look how vehement my boss got when I tried to use logic and reason with him. Darwin bigots cannot tolerate anyone disagreeing with their religion. They will fight anyone who tries to share material pointing out their lack of facts. In my case, it cost me a lucrative career.Note: if the intellectual world falls for a cult, it is still a cult. If intelligent people fall for a cult, it is still a cult. And if the cult must rely on dark forces no one can detect, it is still occult.last_img read more

South African golf prodigy wins the British Open

first_imgLouis Oosthuizen became the fourth SouthAfrican to win the Open Championship atSt Andrews, Scotland, on 18 July(Image: CONTACTS• Bertu NelLouis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy+27 82 893 6848RELATED ARTICLES• Semenya takes gold for SA• Sports in South Africa • SA star athlete heads to Beijing• Sporting South Africans honouredNosimilo RamelaLouis Oosthuizen beat some of the world’s top golfers to become the fourth South African to win the British Open at St Andrews, Scotland, on 18 July 2010.Oosthuizen, 27, took the lead with a birdie at the seventh hole early on 16 July, the second day of the oldest golfing championship.This was his second victory outside South Africa, with his first being in March 2010 at the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Málaga, Spain. The win has catapulted Oosthuizen from 54th to 15th in the world rankings.Speaking to the media after the tournament, he said: “It’s just unbelievable, just amazing. It’s probably going to hit me tomorrow or the week after. To win an Open championship is special, but to win it here at St Andrews is something you dream about.”He thanked his parents and fellow South African golfing champ Ernie Els for the support they had given him throughout his career. Oosthuizen joined Els’s golf foundation at the age of 17.Els, who won the British Open in 2002, said: “It would be difficult to find anybody in the world who is more proud of him right now. Long before anybody had heard of him, I thought that he was going to be an exceptional player.”At the 18th hole, Oosthuizen sank a short par putt to win the tournament. He took off his cap in response to the roaring applause from the crowd, and then hugged his caddie, Zack Rasego.“It felt so good, it was an unbelievable experience,” said Rasego. “He played so well the whole week and I have always had a belief that he is going to make it. He has been very good this whole week, he behaved well, he deserves it.”After being presented with the coveted Claret Jug, Oosthuizen wished former South African president Nelson Mandela a happy birthday. He said that when he walked up to the 18th hole, he was thinking of the celebrated statesman, who turned 92 on the same day.“It felt a bit special out there. What he’s done for our country is unbelievable. I would like to take this opportunity to say happy birthday to Mr Nelson Mandela back in South Africa,” Oosthuizen said.Rasego echoed his sentiments: “It’s a proud moment for us, especially with the old man’s birthday and winning today on his birthday at St Andrews – it’s unbelievable, I’m really excited.”Keeping coolOosthuizen started the second day of the competition with partner Paul Casey, from the UK, hot on his heels from tee-off. However, at the eighth hole Oosthuizen three-putted for a bogey – while Casey had to take a penalty drop after hitting his tee shot into a bush. He wound up with a triple-bogey seven.The South African was four shots ahead of Casey when the pair teed off on the 12th hole on the third day.“It was actually very tight until the 12th,” Oosthuizen said. I’m proud of the way I held my nerves. I knew that I could throw a big lead away.”He said he believed he had played well throughout the competition, but his biggest goal was to stay cool.“It felt unbelievable walking down to the 17th and coming down the 18th. He was calm and played really well,” said Rasego.Showing true sportsmanship, Casey also congratulated Oosthuizen for the way he handled the pressure: “That was an unbelievable performance,” he said. “He was very calm, played wonderful golf.”last_img read more

Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.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 shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays closelast_img read more

10 months agoBruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today

first_imgBruce to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday todayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteve Bruce is expected to be named manager of Sheffield Wednesday today.The vastly-experienced Bruce has been Wednesday’s top target to succeed Jos Luhukay following the Dutchman’s sacking last month after just under a year in charge at Hillsborough.An agreement has now been reached with the former Aston Villa boss on a contract understood to be worth around £2m a year and he will take charge ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup tie with Luton Town.Wednesday will become the tenth managerial role for ex-Manchester United captain Bruce, who turned 58 on New Year’s Eve. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Calls NCAA’s New Texting Rule “The Most Ignorant Thing (He’s) Ever Heard”

first_imgUrban Meyer during an interview.Urban Meyer Play-CallingDuring a pretty active news dump on Friday, the NCAA announced a rule change for football recruiting, which will allow coaches to send unlimited text messages to recruits. While some don’t believe that it will be a big deal, especially considering the rule has been on the books for sports like college basketball already, one prominent voice in the college football world is not pleased at all: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. During a press conference today, Meyer didn’t mince words when discussing the new rule.Urban Meyer is much more upset about the texting rule change. “The texting thing is the most ignorant thing I’ve heard in my life.”— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) April 11, 2016Back on National Signing Day, Meyer described why he doesn’t like the then-proposed rule (via“I hear the stuff about texting,” he said. “I want to make this clear why — and this is a high school coach’s and high school player perspective — not college coaches. Who cares about college coaches? That’s not what this is about. It’s about them, and not screwing up a high school kid’s senior year or junior year. If you text someone, you can’t stop that, so you have a phone full of what? Text messages.“If I don’t want to hear from that school they’ll keep hitting me because that’s their job, and usually it’s not them, it’s maybe an intern doing it. So here’s a kid in high school being bombarded with text messages sitting there doing this all day. If it’s social media, you can determine who you want to hear from.”There are ways to block communications from numbers on most phones, but outright blocking a coach may not be the most prudent move for a recruit, especially considering how quickly assistants move around every off-season.Meyer may not like the move, but he will definitely be sending those texts out due time.last_img read more