Victory keeps Jonathan Grant on course

first_imgJonathan Grant High continued their impressive run when they tagged Ardenne High 3-1 in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup Group D football match at Barbican Complex yesterday. The winners won courtesy of goals by Isaac Scott in the 15th minute, Tyrone Small (37th) and Jermaine Shorter (56th). Ardenne pulled a goal back through substitute Rushawn Smith in the 89th minute. Ardenne ended the game with 10 players after John-Christoff Pringle was issued a red card for violent conduct in the 86th minute. Jonathan Grant was the better team and Shorter was instrumental in his team’s victory that pushed them onto 13 points, while Ardenne remain on seven points. “The performance today was very good. We came out as a team and fought hard for the win,” Shorter told The Gleaner. “It was an important win for us as the goings is tight in the group. Our aim is to finish on top in the group and move onto the other stage. We are also eyeing the Super Cup spot,” the 18-year-old fifth-form student said. Oneil Thomas, Jonathan Grant’s head coach, praised his team for their performance. “It was more of a spirited performance than the last couple games. The mental part of the game was better. We have two home games coming up, so we will be working on getting maximum points,” Thomas said. Ardenne’s head coach, Harold Thomas, says his team will continue fighting in the remaining four games. “We will continue to fight. The loss is a serious setback to our ambition of advancing from the group. We gave up three soft goals,” Harold Thomas said. KTHS 1 Dunoon 0 Camperdown 1 Jose Marti 1 Wolmer’s 6 Edith Dalton James 0 Ardenne 1 Jonathan Grant 3 Bridgeport 0 Calabar 2 Kingston College 5 St Mary’s College 0 Pembroke Hall 0 Haile Selassie 2 Meadowbrook 0 St Catherine 2 Yesterday’s Resultslast_img read more

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Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:  Astrobiology Takes on I.D.

first_imgThe Center for Astrobiology at the University of Boulder is hosting a symposium today entitled, “Fossils and Genes: Exploring the Evolution of Life.”  Douglas Futuyma (State University of New York) calls Evolution the “most important theory in biology.”  By his own admission, though, it is a theory filled with paradoxes:Evolution is both a fact and a theory: the most comprehensive explanation of the features and diversity of living things.  It is the most important theory in biology, yet is surrounded by paradoxes.  Despite the simplicity of its central concepts, evolution has a long history of misunderstandings.  Despite its lack of moral or prescriptive content, evolution has been used to justify social policies that range from the admirable to the appalling.  Despite the increasingly important role evolutionary principles and knowledge play in human biology, evolution is rejected by more than half the American public.  Of all the biological disciplines, evolutionary biology has the most far-reaching philosophical implications and the most diverse applications to society.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He is joined by Warren Allmon (Cornell), speaking on “Evolution, Intelligent Design, and the Uneven Search for a Consistent World View.” Darwin succeeded where others before him had failed in part because he offered the first truly scientific (i.e., purely materialistic and therefore testable) theory to explain the history of life.  He permanently changed the terms on which theories in biology would be acceptable as science.  Yet few of Darwin’s contemporaries or those who followed truly internalized Darwinism into a coherent and consistent world view.  Materialistic science is vastly more important to modern society than it was in Darwin’s time, yet scientists and non-scientists alike still struggle to fully reconcile materialistic science with their personal and social search for meaning in life.  On the one hand, proponents of intelligent design have declared their intention to overthrow “materialism and its cultural legacies”, which presumably would include not just Darwinism but also everything from agriculture to modern medicine [sic].  On the other, many mainstream scientists – both those who claim to be religious and those who do not – have attempted to reconcile their scientific pursuits with their non-scientific personal philosophies.  Can one simultaneously hold two mutually exclusive philosophies of reality – one materialistic and the other not?  If so, how?  And does doing so make one intellectually dishonest?  Is it possible to construct a logically consistent world view that fully accommodates meaningful religious belief with materialistic science?Sounds like Allmon has quite a challenge before him – and so does Futuyma.Notice several flaws, contradictions, and admissions in these abstracts.Charlie Worship:  It is always Big D that is the figurehead of everything wonderful in science. Charlie Science:  Notice that Darwin was responsible for redefining science as materialism.  Before Darwin, creationism and design thinking was common and produced no conflict, but Darwin “permanently changed the terms on which theories in biology would be acceptable as science.”  Changing the terms of acceptability is not a matter of science, but a matter of philosophy about science.Charlie Morals:  Darwinism knows no morals (as Futuyma admits), so it is illogical for him to find anything “admirable or appalling,” or for Allmon to talk about intellectual honesty and meaning.Charlie Truth:  Futuyma and Allmon just shot themselves in the foot (see self-refuting fallacy).  As materialists, they pulled the rug out from under any validity to concepts of truth, while referring to “philosophies of reality.”Charlie Logic:  Allmon asserted that attacks on evolution are attacks on agriculture and modern medicine (see non-sequitur).  Those disciplines were doing just fine before Charlie came along.Charlie Control:  This Astrobiology symposium was only open to evolutionists.  This shows you not only which bed Astrobiology sleeps in, but how evolutionists rig the game to ridicule their opponents while keeping them out of hearing range.Charlie Leadership:  If less than half the population accepts Darwinism, Futuyma should seriously consider the proposition that it would be good for him to get religion, because that apparently confers better fitness.  This would be a win-win situation.  Religion would lose an enemy, and he would necessarily undermine the fitness principle of Darwinism itself – thus burning the bridge behind him.  As a bonus, he might even win Pascal’s Wager.The only question left is which of the two quotes is winner of the SEQOTW prize, or whether it’s a draw.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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R1bn earmarked for SA small firms

first_img SAinfo reporter 9 July 2013 South African specialist risk finance firm Business Partners Limited has set aside over R1-billion to invest in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in 2013/14 as part of its effort to grow the economy and develop entrepreneurship in the country. The funding will help develop the SME sector by providing business infrastructure, advice and after-care service. SMEs are key drivers of wealth and the country’s economy and need to be supported to grow the economy, according to Business Partners executive director Christo Botes. “Despite the challenging economic environment, we are finding that South African SMEs are still growing and there is an appetite for SME finance,” Botes said in a statement last week. “Annually, new funds will be split approximately between real assets (50%), being property investment into purchases, joint ventures and financing of owner occupied properties; traditional family-owned, lifestyle small and growing businesses (40%) and high impact and risk deals (10%).” Some of the investments will be filtered through the company’s R400-million Venture Fund, which was established in late 2012 to engage with businesses, concepts, products or services with high-growth potential. This applies particularly in the technology, bio-technology, renewable energy and agro-processing sectors. “We currently see a great deal of growth opportunity for SMEs within these sectors,” Botes said. “These sectors are growing at a rapid rate in South Africa and the opportunities for businesses active in, or servicing, these sectors are vast. We aim to enable SMEs in these sectors to gear up in order to take advantage of future economic opportunities.” Further opportunities will also be available in the rest of Africa. “The rest of Africa, with its consistent growth of more than 5% over the last few years, is opening up to South African businesses like never before,” he said. “Every local service provider hired, or every supermarket that a South African retail chain opens north of the Limpopo, provides opportunities for supply chains back home.”last_img read more

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Launch pad

first_imgFurniture fiestaInternational Furniture Brands is offering Delhi’s design buffs a line of contemporary furniture from Italian luxury label Fendi Casa. The collection happens to be an amalgamation of superb craftsmanship and fine materials. Take your pick from a range of iconic pieces such as the Polo Club and Fabio sofa, Canova dining table and chairs, Diamante bed, Bernini Deco table along with several other trendy home accessories, furnishings and lighting products.At: The Gallery, 13 MG Road, New Delhi. Tel: 011-26802319.A shiny cuppaAs part of its winter collection, Magppie has introduced an exquisite range of art-inspired tea cups, saucers and coffee mugs. Available in stainless steel and porcelain, the line comes in a variety of designs, shapes and styles. Take a look at the 15-piece Platinum tea set, priced at Rs 19,900. At: City Square Mall, Second Floor, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. Tel: 09873918016.Greedy for 3DHigh-end decor specialist Casa Paradox has introduced a new range of spherical vases sporting designs with 3D effect. Made from wheat straw, they are available in three sizes and five beautiful colours. At: The Gallery, 13 MG Road, New Delhi. Tel: 011-26806441.The creative connectIndian home furnishings store Onset has collaborated with leading American label Robert Allen to provide a unique interior experience to its patrons. Inspired by art, history, nature and architecture, their offerings include table linen, curtains and upholstery. Besides, there are vases, glassware, and candles. At: E-24, South Extension-II. Tel: 011-41641600.Decor chicZolijns has come up with a neat assortment of home accessories by Diamantini & Domeniconi comprising state-ofthe-art wall clocks and geometrically conceptualised vases. Also on offer are wall art and lamps from international brands like Nomon, Progetti and The Polo Art. At: C-19 Nizamuddin West, New Delhi. Tel: 011-41458383.advertisementlast_img read more

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