Sullivan Honored As AIM Legislator Of The Year

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) was recently named an Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Legislator of the Year for her work to pass a long-term road funding plan.“We were committed to remaining fiscally responsible while passing the largest road funding plan in the state’s history,” Sullivan said. “Local communities maintain 86 percent of our roads and bridges. I would like to thank AIM for its work to continually improve Indiana’s cities and towns, and for supporting our road funding plan. This push to upgrade our state’s infrastructure will have a positive effect on our community and state for many years.”In addition to Sullivan, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) were honored by AIM for their work to fund a long-term plan to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. As a result of the legislation, cities and towns across the state are now ramping up for major road maintenance projects that have been long-delayed, according to Matt Greller, AIM CEO.“It’s a true honor to thank House Speaker Bosma and Representatives Brown, Soliday and Sullivan for their unwavering dedication this past legislative session,” Greller said. “They worked tirelessly to ensure that 2017 was the year Indiana began re-investing in our infrastructure in a meaningful, sustainable way. Hoosiers will reap the benefits of this investment for decades to come.”Sullivan serves on the House Committee on Roads and Transportation and the House Committee on Ways and Means, which makes recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly on any legislation dealing with the expenditure of money.last_img read more

Current Super Eagles squad excites NFF board

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America NFF President Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that the Federation is happy with the current Super Eagles squad and really looking forward to achieving success with the team, amidst reports linking the Federation with players who are eligible to represent the country. Super Eagles Pinnick revealed that the team has been boosted by the addition of Heracles Almelo striker Cyriel Dessers who recently finish as the top scorer in Dutch Eredivisie. The Belgian forward decided to switched allegiance to the West African country following his impressive season with his Dutch side that saw him scored 15 goals and recorded five assists. While many reports have linked other foreign-born attackers with the Super Eagles, The former CAF 1st vice president insisted that the Federation is satisfied with the current team, and maintained they are currently building a team that could challenge for major honors in the nearest future.Advertisement Loading… center_img Amaju Pinnick, NFF boss Read Also: Ighalo reveals criticism from Solskjaer despite scoring for Man Utd “We have people like Dessers that was even selected among the Eredivisie Team of the Season, I think we are happy and we are home. Prolific goalscorer.” “We have Osimhen that is doing very well, Let us watch and see the future of these players, we are happy and very contented with what we have right now, the only thing we need to do is consolidate and build a very strong Super Eagles that can contest for the qualifying rounds and World Cup proper, we have a very young team,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Man accused of trying to kidnap 4-year-old after breaking into Tampa hotel room

first_imgPolice say a North Carolina man allegedly broke into a hotel room in Tampa and tried to kidnap a 4-year-old over the weekend.According to the Tampa Police Department, 31-year-old Desmond Johnson, got inside a Hampton Inn at 4817 West Laurel Street on Saturday night and broke into one of the hotel rooms where there were 3 children.Johnson tried to grab a 4-year-old, but the child’s mother ran out of the bathroom and fought off Johnson, police said.Other hotel guests heard the screams, so they opened the door and let the mother and her children inside for their safety. However, Johnson followed the four victims and began fighting with the guests from the other room, police said.An off-duty Palm Beach County deputy was in the area and was able to hold Johnson until Tampa police arrived.Neither the mom or the children were hurt, TPD said. TPD said Johnson and the mother didn’t know each other prior to the incident.Johnson was charged with two counts of burglary with battery and a count of attempted kidnapping.One witness recorded the tense moments after the alleged attempted kidnapping. The child’s mother cries to a TPD officer, “He tried to kidnap my child. You can look at his shirt, I had to fight…I had my daughter in my hand.” @abcactionnews— Ryan Smith (@RyanReports) June 15, 2020last_img read more

Parents can be charged for attempting to halt child sex offence probes

first_img…Police, parent/guardian cannot stop investigations – CCPA DirectorOnce a child sexual abuse matter is reported to relevant authorities, neither the police nor the parent of that minor can stop that investigation.This is according to Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Greene, who told Guyana Times during a telephone interview on Saturday that by law, Police ranks are mandated to proceed with an investigation in such a regard, and then obtain legal advice on the way forward.The CCPA Director added that under the Sexual Offences Act, a parent or guardian cannot stop an investigation or try to stop it at any police station. “The Child Protection Act says if the police are investigating a report they need to get the Child Care people involved because we have to look at the care of the child, so together we will be involved in the investigation,” Greene said.The CCPA Director warned that under the Sexual Offences Act, if a parent tries to prohibit an investigation from being conducted, then that parent can also face charges.She made reference to a particular case that officers attached to the CCPA in Region Three are presently pursuing in which a teacher allegedly had sexual relations with a teenage student.The mother of the child reportedly visited the police station which is handling this investigation to indicate that she was “dropping charges” against the teacher. However, according to Greene, if this is what transpired then it would not make a difference since the matter has to be investigated and will not be swept under the rug.“That mother might or could be charged as an accessory because parents cannot stop an investigation. If the police are putting up a case, they could put up that the parent is reluctant but the case still has to go up to the DPP. It should go up to the DPP who will give advice if there is enough evidence to charge the perpetrator.”Meanwhile, Deputy Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Dion Moore, when contacted by this publication, confirmed that ranks did not and will not be halting the probe into the particular case.He explained that investigations, particularly those involving sexual abuse of a minor, have to be thoroughly investigated and that there are legal steps which need to be followed.According to Moore, all police ranks are aware of this, and reiterated that the case in question is still active.“Based on what I know; the matter is still under investigation. I do not know of any dropping of this matter. The matters have to go before the court or get advice as the case may need. The police do not take it upon themselves to drop any matter,” he stated.Two weeks ago, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Resident Representative to Guyana, Sylvie Fouet stated that data retrieved from a mixed survey throughout Guyana by UNICEF revealed that over 75 per cent of the children interviewed reported that they experienced some form of abuse in their lives.This survey was conducted in various communities and households across the country and according to statistics, between 20 and 30 per cent of these children and youths have been subjected to some form of sexual violence.She had emphasised that no one person or agency could create a safe environment for the country’s children and youths and as such, all hands should be on deck to change social norms and cultural silence on the issue of child sexual abuse in Guyana.Meanwhile, acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards had pointed out prior to the establishment of the Sexual Offences Court in Georgetown (2017) and in Berbice, there was a very low conviction rate and low reporting of sexual abuse cases.She explained that in some cases, victims may believe that they would be subjected to harsh environments, and are reluctant to pursue the act of seeking justice for the crime committed against them.However, Justice Cummings-Edwards reminded that the aim of the Sexual Offences Court is to ensure that the environment is conducive to victims and support services are offered. Quite soon, she said, another such court will be established in Suddie, Essequibo. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

OOL’s Gold and Animism

first_imgWhat is the spark that turns molecules into life? For the materialist, it’s the spirit of imagination.Illustra’s film Origin presents a calculation by Doug Axe, PhD biochemist at the Biologic Institute who worked at Cambridge University, who figured out the improbability of a relatively small functional protein of 100 amino acids. The chance of getting such a protein under ideal conditions, he said, is one in 10161.* This probability is so inexpressibly low, it gives a reasonable person confidence it will never, ever happen anywhere in the entire universe—just getting one smaller-than-average functional protein. The simplest cell we know has over 300 different proteins. And that’s just one of the numerous problems the film presents that should rule materialistic origin-of-life theories completely out of court.So why do evolutionists persist in their view that life emerged by chance? Look at a press release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison that begins optimistically, “Experiments test how easy life itself might be.” How can a miracle of chance this improbable be easy?David Baum, chair and professor of botany at UW–Madison and a Discovery Fellow at WID, thinks the earliest life might have relied on a primitive metabolism that originally started on mineral surfaces. Many central reactions in modern cells rely on iron-sulfur catalysts. This reliance on iron and sulfur could be a record stamped into cells of the environments where metabolism itself first evolved. Baum is testing this idea by turning to iron pyrite, a mineral of iron and sulfur better known as fool’s gold.The reader is treated to a view of vials of non-living molecules rocking back and forth. The perhapsimaybecouldness index rises:Together with Mike Berg, a graduate student researching the origins of life, Baum is mixing microscopic beads of iron pyrite with a source of chemical energy and simple molecular building blocks. As vials of this mixture rock back and forth in the lab, small groups of chemicals bound to the mineral surface might aggregate and start assisting one another in producing more chemicals. If so, they’re likely to spread to other iron pyrite beads, colonizing new surfaces.Notice what Baum and Berg have done. They have endowed molecules with spirits. Only living things can rely on, assist, and colonize. If they were really materialists (or even methodological naturalists), they would have to agree that molecules will do nothing more than blindly obey the laws they learned in high school chemistry class. Impersonal molecules have neither the desire nor power to rise above those laws (see personification fallacy).Cells need the kinds of metabolic reactions that Baum studies to produce energy and the components of more complex molecules. They also need a way to store information. All living cells pass on their genetic information with DNA. But UW–Madison professor of chemical and biological engineering and WID systems biologist John Yin is exploring alternative ways to store and process information with simpler molecules in an effort to understand how information storage could evolve without cells or DNA.Nobody says that rock piles at the base of a cliff store information that the cliff needs to evolve. That would be ridiculous. But Yin adds his yang to Baum’s bomb by imagining non-living molecular clusters needing an information storage system. Multiplying the confusion, he plagiarizes a life force from human technology:Taking a cue from computer science, Yin is working with the most basic method of encoding information, binary. In place of electronic bits, his ones and zeros are the two simplest amino acids, glycine and alanine. Using a unique form of chemistry, Yin is drying out mixtures of the amino acids to encourage them to join together.These WID scholars should be asking whether natural forces actually do join amino acids together without “encourage”ment. They should consider whether chemicals actually do recognize information on their own. Oil separates from water in an oil slick, producing a rainbow of colors. Would Yin, Baum and Berg call that an information storage system? Information implies more than chemical properties of matter; it implies the ability to read, analyze, and interpret those properties. That requires a mind.There’s only one way their statements make sense: in a mystic religion. The religion being practiced at University of Wisconsin-Madison (and many other venues in the Origin of Life Circus) is animism: the view that material entities are endowed with unseen spirits. The spirits of amino acids need each other, so glycine and alanine want to get married and bear offspring. The amino acids teach their progeny what they have learned in life, so that they pass on information and improve on it. Now we understand. Let’s help this blessed union by rocking them back and forth in test tubes.In an ironic violation of separation of church and state, the American government promotes this religion. The press release says, “The project recently received $2.5 million in funding from NASA.”_____________*Justification for the calculation can be found in Axe’s book Undeniable and in Stephen Meyer’s book Signature in the Cell. For those who question Axe’s calculation, it should be noted that his is just one of a long string of similar results by both creationists (e.g., J. F. Coppedge) and evolutionists (such as Fred Hoyle, mathematicians at the Wistar Institute, and others listed by Meyer and Axe). Improbabilities of this order are so intractable, they could be off by many orders of magnitude and still rule out a materialistic origin of life.The OOL school at UW puts a whole new slant on fool’s gold.(Visited 91 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Weare wins Quiksilver Pro Durban

first_img21 April 2008An inspired performance by local man Davey Weare saw him surf to victory against the USA’s Austin Ware in excellent surf at Ansteys on the Bluff near Durban to capture the Quiksilver Pro Durban title.Utilising their prime-status alternative venue, the contest organisers had little hesitation in choosing Ansteys for the final day of surfing. “Ansteys was always on the radar,” said contest director Matt Wilson, of the venue choice for the day.Explosive match-ups“There’s not much happening at New Pier, or anywhere else on the coast, and we’re seeing some great waves here. The surfers are happy, so it was the right decision to make.” A day of great surfing, big moves and barrel rides ensued, with some explosive match-ups the order of the day.Josh Kerr from Australia was in the first heat of the day against fellow Australian Shaun Cansdell, and won it convincingly with big turns and some trade-mark airs.“This is a great wave and I’m stoked we moved here,” said Kerr of the new location. “These waves have plenty of push and there are opportunities for big scores, so it definitely was a good idea to move the event. I got lucky in that heat by catching the good ones, but a win’s a win, so I’ll take it.”Red-hot heatWeare, the last of the South Africans left in the contest, then surfed a red-hot heat against German surfer Marlon Lipke, with the Durban star sneaking into some tight barrels and off-the-top combinations to keep local hopes alive. One wave in particular looked like a perfect barrel, but Weare was clipped while exiting the tube.Still, he had done enough to win the heat. “My first wave was a great one, with a little barrel and a nice hook,” he said. “I thought that I was going to make that second barrel, and if I had it would have taken some of the pressure off the heat, but it still worked out alright for me.”The quarter-finals took to the water at low tide, and there were some hollow sections and a few little barrels coming through for the last eight surfers.VictorsEmerging victorious from their encounters were Josh Kerr who defeated Austin Ware; Jihad Khodr, who defeated Heitor Alves; David Weare, who eliminated Dustin Barca; and Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires who took out Leigh Sedley from Australia.“Well, the waves are fine here at Ansteys. We got a few good ones in that heat,” said Tiago afterwards. “I much prefer the waves at New Pier, but there’s nothing there today, so we’re lucky with these waves.”In the first semi-final Ware eliminated Kodre from the event, after the Brazilian’s best wave scored a zero. Ware had priority at the time, and was up and riding on the inside when Jihad took off.“I went for that wave as I needed an early start. I didn’t even see what Jihad was doing,” said Ware of the incident. “Still, I’m stoked to get so far. This is my first six-star final, so I am absolutely pumped!”Semi-finalIn the second semi-final, Weare turned up the heat against Pires and turned in an inspired performance in front of his home crowd. He linked his scoring waves all the way through to the shorebreak, with some good combinations of moves and impressive laybacks.“I was so stoked to hear the crowds cheering me after every wave,” said Weare. “I’ve got my wife and my daughter and family here, my dad, and all my best friends. It’s unreal to hear their support.”The Quiksilver Pro Junior hit the water just prior to the main final, and tightly contested final unfolded between Klee Strachan and Nick Godfrey.Near the end of the heat, it was Godfrey in the lead, and with priority when he gave a wave to Strachan, who maximised the opportunity, pulled off a big turn on the outside, and weaved his way all the way through to the shorebreak for a massive hit, a big score and the Pro Junior title.FinalThe tide had moved in for the final of the main event between Weare and Ware, but the waves were still pumping.Weare’s first scoring wave consisted of a clean tube ride and a big close-out move, and matters only got better for the local ace as he delivered his best heat of competition in the final.After his first good ride, he followed up with two more big scores that showed off his repertoire of futuristic airs and big turns, leaving Ware needing a nine-plus score to get into the lead.The American was gracious in defeat, praising Weare on his performance as a beaming Weare emerged from the water as the Quiksilver Pro Durban 2008 Champion.‘So incredibly happy’“So incredibly happy right now,” said Weare just seconds before he was hoisted up on the shoulders of friends and carried up the beach.“I had a good start, and during the event whenever I had a good start I seemed to do well. I’m a bit overwhelmed right now. I can’t remember all that went on in the heat. The support really did help, so thanks to all those people who were cheering me on from the beach.”Weare pocketed $15 000 for his victory, as well as 3 000 World Qualifying Series points, which will go a long way towards helping him achieve his goal of qualifying the 2009 World Championship Tour.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Resource Discovery: Ending Domestic Violence Captivity

first_imgDr. Ludy Green’s introduction to the battered women’s movement took place when she volunteered in a shelter in Washington, D.C. many years ago. She immediately saw the need to assist victims of abuse and trafficking by placing them in the workforce—her theory that financial independence would fulcrum these women away from their abusers, by providing them with the necessary skills to earn a living.“Through employment a woman can gain her independence, her well-being and her dignity to ultimately distance herself from her abuser.”Under the careful guidance of Dr. Green, Second Chance Employment Services has assisted women by outfitting them with new clothing, training and the commensurate confidence with which to interview for and hold a job. This concept of establishing employment for victims of abuse and trafficking is a solution oriented step in overcoming abuse. Along the way, Dr. Green tapped a nerve-engaging politician, CEOs of large corporations, Congress and the United Nations to acknowledge and embrace her vision. In 2013, she was instrumental in providing some new language for the updated Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Through employment a woman can gain her independence, her well-being and her dignity to ultimately distance herself from her abuser. Dr. Green’s book is a road map for this journey.Don’t forget our February 12th Domestic Violence: Helping Survivors Obtain Economic Freedom webinar featuring Dr. Ludy Green.This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more