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South Florida Teacher Guilty of Selling Drugs to Students

first_imgA 37-year-old South Florida teacher has been found guilty of selling illegal drugs to two students at the middle school where she taught.According to prosecutors, Maria Otilia Rivera could face up to 35 years in prison when she is sentenced on October 16.A Hendry County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began two years ago found that Rivera sold drugs to two girls who were then ages 12 and 14.Investigators say she took the girls off campus and showed them how to prepare and ingest the drugs.The report adds that on another occasion, Rivera took money from a student and promised to give that student drugs the following day.Rivera has been allowed to remain free until her sentencing.last_img read more

State Appeal Board approves settlement over teens’ transfer after Toledo home closed

first_imgDES MOINES — Two young women who sued the State of Iowa for sending them to a juvenile detention facility in Wisconsin where they were allegedly mistreated will each be paid a $350,000 settlement.State Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson recommended that the state Appeal Board approve the payments. “In the end, you know, we had four different lawsuits here, so I think it’s a reasonable result,” Thompson said.The board approved the payments to the two women yesterday.In early 2014, Governor Branstad closed the state-run facility in Toledo for troubled girls declared delinquents by a judge. The two women — who were teenagers at the time — were transferred to a home in Wisconsin. The women say they were placed in isolation rooms for weeks at a time and they accused staff at the Wisconsin facility of abuse. The lawsuits which have been settled accused Iowa officials of failing to properly review the home before sending them to Wisconsin and for failing to monitor their time there.“There were significant problems with the way the girls were treated,” Thompson said. “They’re both back in Iowa and are also moving on with their lives.”The Des Moines Register has reported the State of Wisconsin last year agreed to pay the two women nearly $4 million to settle lawsuits filed by the two women.In other action yesterday, the Appeal Board approved paying the family of a 21-year-old college student from Marion after a jury found Iowa State University was partially at fault for Dane Schussler’s suicide.“It was our determination that it was in the state’s best interest not to pursue an appeal,” said Thompson, who works in the Iowa Attorney General’s office. “It was a jury trial. It was a close call.”Schussler died in November of 2015, nearly six weeks after first going to Iowa State University’s Student Counseling Service for help. He met five more times for counseling sessions with an unlicensed graduate student seeking a PhD in psychology. A jury ruled ISU was 50% responsible for Schussler’s suicide and awarded Schussler’s parents $315,000. Thompson said the jury was effectively presented with a malpractice case.“Frankly a jury working really hard through really, really, really hard difficult facts,” Thompson said, “so we respect that result and decided it would be best to pay the verdict and move on.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council is on the brink of collapse tonight and could be run from Dublin within hours.The elected members face being thrown out of office if they fail to agree a budget by midnight.Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and independent councillor John Campbell are opposing the budget in protest at plans to hand over €355M worth of assets to Irish Water. “The fact this legislation was signed on Christmas Day shows it was rushed legislation,” said Cllr Dessie Larkin when an adjourned meeting resumed at 5.10pm.“Irish Water will not prioritise Donegal. The people of Donegal will be charged for water from October 1 and we have been left in the dark,” he said.“It is wrong that we should hand over the assets of this county to anyone. It is a very bad deal for the people of Donegal.”The budget has been suggested at €138Million for 2014. But the parties opposing its passing have the majority of votes in the council chamber tonight.Sinn Fein councillor Marie Therese Gallagher said the asset transfer was “like having a hole in your roof, asking a contractor to fix it and then handing over your house.”She said the reservoirs and assets of Donegal belong to the people of Donegal.“It’s daylight robbery and it’s happening right now. People should be angry. We are custodians of this asset and we have never even been considered,” said Cllr Gallagher.Mayor Ian McGarvey was furious when Fine Gael councillor Barry O’Neill interrupted Cllr Gallagher. “I’ve work to do and I’m not sitting here listening to this,”said Cllr O’Neill.“This is a budget meeting; not a meeting about Irish Water. It’s time to get real.”Mayor McGarvey warned Cllr O’Neill to stop interrupting the meeting but he continued, commenting: “That’s a great headline.”Cllr Mick Quinn said he was angry that leader of Fine Gael in the council was “constantly” interrupting Cllr Gallagher. “What’s the point in having a code of conduct?” asked Cllr Quinn.Donegal Daily understands that councillors are “determined” not to pass the budget.If it isn’t, Minister Phil Hogan will be running the council from tomorrow.The meeting continues.LATEST: COUNCIL ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE AMID CHAMBER UPROAR was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:2014budget meetingDonegal County Councillast_img read more

Boost for Donegal company as Aldi gives them €7M juice contract

first_imgSupermarket giant Aldi has given Ballybofey company Mulrines a huge boost.The chain agreed a one-year contract extension with the juice producer Mulrines that will see the business provide over €7 million worth of Irish-made fruit juices and smoothies to Aldi’s 137 stores nationwide.Under the new agreement, Mulrines will increase the volume of product it supplies to Aldi by over 20% year on year. It will also see several new innovative products developed exclusively for Aldi customers, including a premium 100% Irish fresh apple juice.Mulrines is one of Aldi’s longest-serving suppliers in Ireland, partnering with Aldi since 2002.Since 2003, it has also worked with Aldi’s UK business and will supply 1.8m units of juice products to Aldi UK stores this year.With production facilities and orchards in Ballybofey and Kill, Co. Kildare respectively, Mulrines has created first-class Irish fruit juices and smoothies since 1919. It employs 180 people across production, sales and innovation roles. It is the only juice producer in Ireland that grows its own fruit, processes it and sells the finished product. This year, Mulrines is celebrating being in business for 100 years.Welcoming the new agreement, Peter Mulrine, CEO of Mulrines said: “The new contract extension is great news for our business and for Aldi shoppers, who will now get the chance to enjoy even more of our home-grown and produced juices. Our ongoing success is down to our unwavering focus on product innovation, quality and responding to ever changing customer preferences.”Aldi’s Group Buying Director, John Curtin said: “We know that for our customers, Irish produced products are always their first choice. Mulrines share our passion for making the very best Irish products available to consumers at prices that can’t be beaten. We are looking forward to continuing to work with them to bring many new and exciting Irish fruit juices to our customers.”Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores. It is investing more than €500,000 in year two of its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 137 stores.Aldi also recently increased its support for small Irish suppliers by reducing its payment terms to 14 days for suppliers that transact up to €300k annually with Aldi. Aldi will sell over €700 million worth of Irish goods this year, sourced from Irish producers, manufacturers and suppliers across the country. Boost for Donegal company as Aldi gives them €7M juice contract was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:ALDIcontractjuiceMulrineslast_img read more

Bill Nye Fails Baloney Detector

first_imgIn a video clip seen by over 3 million, Bill Nye the Science Guy slammed creationism with a series of logical fallacies.The 2.5-minute video, “Creationism is not appropriate for children,” was posted on YouTube on August 23.  It was reported by CNN Belief Blog and The Examiner among other news media sites.  On Live Science, Stephanie Pappas gave an uncritical write-up, but at least distinguished between creationism and intelligent design, unlike Bill Nye.  Transcript and analysis is provided here in the commentary below.  See also the critical analyses on Darwin’s God and Evolution News & Views.Bill Nye the Scientism Guy does not know what he is talking about.  If he ever learned philosophy of science or even elemental logic, he forgot it in this simplistic screed.  He should stick to cute children’s experiments that are observable, testable, and repeatable, where his TV programs shine.  (Note: we mean “Bill Nye fails baloney detector” in the sense of failing a drug test—lots of baloney was detected!)  Here’s what he said about creationism, with fallacies flying like rotten baloney in all directions:“Denial of evolution is unique to the United States.”  Big Lie.  Bandwagon. People around the world doubt evolution.  South Korea has a strong anti-evolution movement.  There are Darwin skeptics in England, Spain and other parts of Europe.  One of the largest creation organizations is in Australia.  Nye is sadly misinformed.  He states no facts about Russia, the Middle East, Africa, or South America, but expects readers to just accept his sweeping Generality.  Even if it were true, would he really want America to imitate the rest of the world?  Lots of things about the United States are unique – thank God!“I mean, we are the world’s most advanced technological… I mean you could say Japan, but generally the United States is where most of the innovation still happens.”  Non-sequitur.  How does this support Nye’s contention?  If anything logical can be inferred, it’s a correlation between technological innovation and denial of evolution.  The rest of the world should follow the USA’s example!“People still move to the United States.  And that’s largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science.”  Non-sequitur.  And his point is?  If the USA already has the best intellectual capital that is the envy of the world, what’s the problem?  Could it be that people move to the United States because they are running away from the Darwin totalitarianism in their home countries?“When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in it, it holds everybody back; really.”  Big Lie, Non-sequitur.  This sentence is a Sidestep wrapped in a Generality, seasoned with Equivocation and Fear-mongering.  What does “it” refer to?  He has apparently just shifted the topic from denial of evolution to denial of science.  Is Nye unaware that creationist leaders have PhD’s in a wide field of scientific disciplines?  Denial of evolution has nothing to do with denial of science.  Creationists love science!  If anyone is holding anyone back, it is the Darwin Party holding back academic freedom.“Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology…”  Big Lie.  Saying something doesn’t make it so.  Cell theory, genetics, or even intelligent design could easily qualify for the most fundamental idea – intelligent design, because biology is focused on genetic and epigenetic codes, functional information, and functional design, as evidenced in the biomimetics revolution.  Darwinists add their just-so stories as a narrative gloss to the observations of biology, as often shown in these pages.  Wherever evolution is treated as a fundamental idea or heuristic, it fails.  The “tree of life” is a good example.  Biologists now consider it a network, not a branching tree as Darwin envisaged; Darwin’s imaginary tree misled biologists for over a century.  Other examples: junk DNA, vestigial organs, evolutionary psychology, social Darwinism.“…analogous to trying to do geology without believing in tectonic plates. ….”  Argument from Analogy.  Creationists believe in tectonic plates.  Tectonic plate theory, not involving life and reproduction, is not comparable to evolutionary theory.“You’re just not going to get the right answer.  Your world is just going to be a mystery, rather than an exciting place.”  Non-sequitur, Sidestep, Big Lie.  Being “exciting” may have a role in sociology of science, but is not a necessary or sufficient condition for doing science itself.  Nye’s sophomoric statement also presumes that science is capable of getting one and only one “right” answer, a philosophically vexed notion.  Science provides tentative explanations that seem to work for the present; if even Newtonian physics succumbed to Einstein’s relativity, no scientific theory is beyond criticism.  Nye also assumes that Darwinism has produced a “right answer” – name one!  This is a claim so lame it mandates penance.  Re-reading every evolution story in our pages for the last 12 years is a start.“As my old professor Carl Sagan said, ‘When you’re in love, you want to tell the world.’”  Argument from Authority.  Nye reveals his philosophical roots here: the materialist, positivist, Darwin-saturated world of the world’s most famous atheist, with whom he is in love.  Are you surprised he wants to attack creation?  He should listen to his mentor’s advice about Baloney Detecting, and his idol’s advice about academic freedom.“Once in awhile I get people that really… that claim they don’t believe in evolution.”  Ridicule, Straw Man.  Nye’s sneering demeanor here contributes to his emotional effect of portraying Darwin skeptics as stupid, misguided bigots.  Rhetorically, nothing prevents a person of equal status turning that statement right back at him: “Once in awhile I get people who claim they don’t believe in creation” or “who claim they believe in evolution.”  Sneer and shake your head for added effect.“And my response generally is [shrugs shoulders], why not; really [silly grin], why not?”  Bandwagon, Ridicule.  Hey, just leave your brain at the gate and jump on the Darwinmobile; it’s fun!“Your world just becomes fantastically complicated when you don’t believe in evolution.”  Half truth, Non-Sequitur.  The world just is fantastically complicated by every biologist’s account, evolutionist or not.   Read one week’s worth of biochemistry papers for proof.  One thing Nye gets right: everything is so much simpler when you just throw up your hands like Darwin and say, “Stuff Happens” (9/22/2009, 9/15/2008).   Now the whole world makes sense! No more need to buckle down and explain the complexity of life.  Just say, “It evolved!” and make up a just-so story.“Here are these ancient dinosaur bones, or fossils…”  Circular Reasoning, Card Stacking.  First in his list of items too complicated for creationists to deal with, Nye embeds his beliefs into the language by calling the bones “ancient.”  Let’s get him to explain how blood cells and proteins in dinosaur bone pulled up from the ground survived for over 65 million Darwin Years.  Does Nye really think that creationists ignore dinosaur bones?  Good grief, the creation sites are filled with discussions about dinosaurs.  And they don’t fret over how complicated it makes creationism; on the contrary, they show that the evolutionists are the ones challenged to explain these large, complex, diverse beings by an unguided process.  As for other fossils, has Nye ever heard of the Cambrian explosion?  Let’s get him to watch Darwin’s Dilemma to learn not to state misrepresentations on YouTube.“Here is radioactivity, here are distant stars that are just like ours but at different states in their life cycles….”  Sidestep, Non-Sequitur, Card Stacking.  What on earth do these have to do with the evolution as a “fundamental idea of biology”?  If he is trying to attack young-earth creationism, then he is displaying his ignorance of PhD-level creationist literature on radioactivity (e.g., the RATE books), and on cosmology.  He is also completely ignoring the many and deep difficulties in evolutionary cosmology, not the least of which is getting everything out of nothing.  Search the Cosmology links for many examples.“… the idea of this deep time, of billions of years explains so much of the world around us.  If you try to ignore that, your worldview just becomes crazy – it becomes, uh, untenable; it’s self-inconsistent.”  Big Lie, Ridicule, Sidestep.  Creation scientists do not “ignore” questions of time.  There are creationist cosmologies that allow for billions of years (example).  Certainly intelligent design theory is disinterested about deep time.  What is Nye ridiculing?  Deep time has nothing to do with biological evolution, except as a convenient closet in which to stuff their skeletons.  We’ll grant evolutionists ten or hundred times the billions of years they believe in: the mathematical probability will still rule evolution “untenable” (see online book).  Nye tosses out the adjectives “untenable” and “self-inconsistent” as unargued conclusions, offering no support.  Who is calling whose worldview “crazy”?  Just the facts, Nye.“And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution, and live in your [waves hands around] world that is inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine.”  Generality, Big Lie, Ridicule.  Such folly is not worthy of repetition, let alone refutation.“But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them.”  Non-Sequitur, Bandwagon.  Who is “we”?  The scientific oligarchy?  The Darwin Party?  The mandarins and elitists of Darwin indoctrination?  Or does Nye have a frog in his pocket?  Bill Nye, kids belong to their parents, not you.“We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.  We need people that, uh– we need engineers! People who can build stuff, solve problems.”  Non-Sequitur, Bandwagon.  It just gets worse.  Nye has now equated belief in evolution with engineering!  This is funny.  Is he that clueless? Some of the hottest jobs in science right now involve biomimetics, the imitation of nature’s designs.  As we have reported for years, Darwinism has nothing to do with the cutting-edge sciences of biochemistry and biomimetics.  Did the Curiosity rover land on Mars by evolution?  Has it found evidence of evolution?  Neither.  Engineers build things using intelligent design.  Nye is right about one thing: we need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future, so that they can kick the Darwin Party usurpers out and end the totalitarian reign of the Emperor with No Clothes.“It’s just really a hard thing.  It’s a hard thing.”  Non-Sequitur.  Nye can’t think of anything intelligent to say, so he just gestures and fills up time with irrelevant emotional expressions.“You know, in another couple of centuries, that worldview will be [shakes head] just won’t exist.  I mean, it’s [shrugs] … there’s no evidence for it.”  Big Lie, Sidestep, Ridicule, Argument from Authority.  More vacuous emotional opinions.  How can he know what the next two centuries will bring?  He could well find his peers digging through the garbage heap of discarded ideas for their long-lost statue of Darwin.This is why Bill Nye is not called the Logic Guy or Bill Nye the Philosopher.  Chances are good (since he lives and breathes scientism) that he could not even define science in a way that could keep evolution in and creation out.Bill Nye’s 2.5-minute emotional rant, unfortunately, shows the power of an authority figure who can garner over a million viewers to listen to his empty rhetoric and influence the culture.  Two minutes of lies and distortions, spoken off the cuff with no support, take paragraphs to refute.  Don’t despair: if one boy calling out “The Emperor is naked!” can turn the tide, a few of us with our heads still screwed on, not influenced by the aura of the elitist Bandwagon, can make a difference.  Get your megaphone and shout the truth. 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Brand South Africa takes conversation on the Nation Brand to stakeholders in Mpumalanga

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 22 September 2016 – Stakeholders in Mpumalanga will on Wednesday 28 September have the opportunity to engage in a conversation on the Nation Brand through Brand South Africa’s national workshop.Parts of the conversation will address the importance of building a sustainable Nation Brand which will be led by Miss South Africa 2015 first Princess Refilwe Mthimunye.Building a positive Nation Brand is vital to the country’s value proposition and these conversations enable stakeholders to evaluate how existing efforts to build a cohesive nation brand can be strengthened.Brand South Africa as a result continuously works with various stakeholders around the country to share information on the country’s strengths which contribute to the national competitive identity.Participants will also participate in the Nation Brand Masterclass during the workshop.Media is invited to participate in the programme in Mpumalanga as follows:Date: Wednesday 28 September 2016Time: 09h00-15h00Venue: Southern Sun Emnotweni, 15 Government Blvd, NelspruitRSVPS/Enquiries: Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandPROGRAMME FOR THE BRAND SOUTH AFRICA STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP09:00-09:30Arrival & registrationAll09:30-09:45Welcome & IntroductionsJimmy Ranamane, Relationship Consultant: Government, Brand SA09:45-10:00Address and Provincial ContextMpumalanga: Department of Economic Development and Tourism10:00-10:45Importance of Building a Sustainable BrandRefilwe Mthimunye, Miss South Africa 2015 1st Princess/ National Spokesperson for ZAZI10:45-11:00Tea BreakAll11:00:-12:00Nation Brand Master ClassRabia Metedad, Manager: Activations, Brand SA12:00-13:00LunchAll13:00 –13:30Country Messaging and Overview of websites & Digital portalMatalane Ngobeni, Manager: Digital & New Media, Brand SA13:30–14:00Nation Brand performance & FeedbackDr Petrus de Kock, GM: Research, Brand SA14:45-15:00Wrap up and ClosureAlllast_img read more

New Green Building Products — June 2013

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. My file of interesting new green building products is bulging again, so it’s time to highlight a few items that have caught my attention.The nine products featured here include three insulation products (Amdry subfloor panels, Cornell nailbase panels, and Staycell One Step 255 spray foam), one manufacturer of fasteners to secure rigid foam (Rodenhouse), one window distributor (Zola), a new gasket-in-a-roll for installing windows (Tremco ExoAir Trio), one new type of siding (Apex Ultrex fiberglass siding), one HVAC product (a fan to move heat from one room to another), and one plumbing item (HydroRight Dual Flush Converter for toilets).Full disclosure: while these products are intriguing, I can’t vouch for their durability or suitability for your project. GBA welcomes feedback from readers who have used these products, so that our reviews can better reflect the collective wisdom of the GBA community.AmDry panels are OSB subfloor panels designed to be installed on a basement slab. AmDry panels are similar to competing products like DriCore panels and Barricade subfloor tiles. (The DriCore panel is a sandwich consisting of waferboard adhered to a dimpled plastic vapor barrier which raises the subfloor off the slab and permits some air movement between the slab and the subfloor. The Barricade subfloor tile is an OSB panel bonded to a 1/2-inch layer of XPS rigid foam.)AmDry panels include a dimpled bottom (like DriCore panels) as well as a layer of rigid foam insulation (like Barricade panels). AmDry panels are available in three different thicknesses (R-7, R-9, and R-11), all of which include a layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation. AmDry panels measure 2 ft. by 4 ft., so they are larger than competing products (which measure 2 ft. by 2 ft.). AmDry panels are sold at Home Depot. The price for an R-7… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: I wanted to change all eleven players

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: I wanted to change all eleven playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he wanted to substitute all his players during defeat to Leicester City.Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game early in the second half, after the Blues had been on top during the opening 45 minutes. Sarri introduced both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud after the goal.He said, “I wanted only to be more present, also physically in the other box, but apart from the subs the reaction wasn’t in the right way. If the reaction is like this you can change 11 players, it’s the same.”If I knew I would have solved the problem before this match. It’s difficult to understand because we have players with lots of experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool veteran Milner delighted with MK Dons win: It shows our depth

first_imgLiverpool veteran Milner delighted with MK Dons win: It shows our depthby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner says Wednesday’s win over MK Dons was a positive sign for Liverpool’s depth.Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Ki-Jana Hoever and Naby Keita were all handed starts, while Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott and Caoimhin Kelleher earned debuts.Milner scored in the 2-0 win and was pleased to see his side cope without a number of senior players.”It’s always tough when you have a mixture of guys who haven’t played many minutes and a group of youngsters, but you could see the style of football we wanted to play,” the No.7 told Sky Sports post-match.”We lost our way a little bit in the second half, and didn’t keep the ball as well, but I thought it was a pretty solid performance.”When you look at how good our squad is, it’s not easy for the youngsters to get to the level they need to be, but they’ve shown they want to get better and better. Everyone is pushing, and that’s what the senior boys need: competition for places.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more