Judge encourages teachers to bring students to court

first_imgCOURTS: One of Ireland’s most respected judges has encouraged teachers to bring pupils to court to show them how the criminal justice system works. Judge John O’Hagan has been a judge for 19 years, ten of which has been spent in Letterkenny – and he confirmed that he will retire from the position next year. The affable judge was addressing a number of potential jurors who weren’t needed by the circuit court – when he made the suggestion to bring students to the courtroom.Judge O’Hagan said, “I want to thank all of you for coming, it was your civic duty, and it’s a very important one at that, we couldn’t operate without the juror system.“We appreciate your time is precious, and everybody dreads getting a letter for jury duty, but you performed a civic duty.“There may be some of you in the teaching profession, and I’d encourage you to bring transition years students to the court and see how the system works.“It is something we have done before, and we all take time to facilitate them – they usually ask me how much I earn, and I tell them to go and check the internet!“But it is very beneficial for them to see the how the system works, and the serious consequences breaking the law can have.”Judge encourages teachers to bring students to court was last modified: July 23rd, 2016 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:courtsJUdge John O’Hagannewsstudentslast_img read more


first_imgThe club competition on Sunday the 15th was won by Patrick Carr 20 with 34 pts over the Sandy Hills Links.The runner up was Denis Harkin 11 with 33 pts bot. Third place was Pat Boyce 5 with 33 pts.The 2012 Ladies & Gents Captains Drive In will take place on the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 11th of February. There is an entry sheet posted in the members room of the Pavilion and anyone who wishes to play on the day must put their name and contact number on this sheet before Friday the 10th at 6.00pm sharp.There will then be an open draw for a mixed four ball scramble over the Sandy Hills Links.Registration on the day will take place upstairs from 9.45am with Tea/Coffee served.The official Lady & Gents Drive In will take place from the 1st tee at 11.00am and then all players will go to the assigned tees for a shotgun start at 11.30am.The entry fee will be 15e per player to include a meal after the round in the Golf Pavilion.The following rule is in play on the Sandy Hills Links until further notice:If your golf ball lands on the fairway you must lift it and place it in the semi rough on either side. A ball in the semi-rough or rough must be played as it lies.Only a putter may be used on the fairway. All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies well back from the roped off putting green surrounds and all teeing areas on the Sandy Hills Links as we try to protect the main playing surfaces as much as possible over the winter months.All players are asked to play from the mats provided on the Par 3’s and not from the turf teeing area directly behind the mats.All of the clearly marked areas on holes 1, 8, 9 and 13 that are currently under construction are ground under repair.There will be a closed club competition this Sun the 29th of Jan & Sun 5th Feb. The North-West Alliance visits the Sandy Hills Links at Rosapenna on Saturday the 18th of FebruaryThe Mevagh Day Centre Fund Raising Golf Classic will take place over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 25th of February.There will be a fund raising Golf Classic for the Downing’s Tidy Towns Committee over the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 10th of March.All closed club competitions on both links at Rosapenna are played from the Blue Markers unless clearly stated otherwise.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654.GOLF CLUB NOTES: ROSAPENNA was last modified: January 24th, 2012 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:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more

Earth Magnetic Field Still Decaying

first_imgOld-earth belief tries to paper over a disturbing fact with speculative models, but 160 years of measurements show the strength of our planet’s magnetic field is dropping fast.How do secular geophysicists deal with one of the longest-running measurements in the history of science? The strength of the magnetic field was first measured 183 years ago by Karl Friedrich Gauss in 1835.  For the past 160 years or so, continuous measurements have been made. Early measurements show the field was 5% stronger than it is now. Continuous measurements plotted on a curve show an exponential drop in the overall strength of the field year by year. If this were to continue, it would put life at risk on the planet in mere thousands of years. Extrapolating backward, a stronger field would have made the earth uninhabitable a few tens of thousands of years ago.The secular geophysicists have comeback arguments, of course. They postulate magnetic reversals based on field measurements showing the orientation of the north/south poles in rocks. While reversals probably occurred, as the data indicate, that does not necessarily solve the problem. A reversal does not increase the strength of the field without a mechanism to pump energy into the field.A press release from the University of Rochester waltzes past these difficulties in its discussion about reversals that supposedly took place hundreds of thousands of Darwin Years ago. They postulate that a “South Atlantic Anomaly” may shed light on patterns of behavior in the field over long ages. John Tarduno of U of Rochester is excited about the opportunity to take a trip to Africa.“We were looking for recurrent behavior of anomalies because we think that’s what is happening today and causing the South Atlantic Anomaly,” Tarduno says. “We found evidence that these anomalies have happened in the past, and this helps us contextualize the current changes in the magnetic field.”Despite the data taken from “ancient clay remnants from southern Africa dating back to the early and late Iron Ages,” Tarduno’s team does not know how reversals occur or whether we are due for another one. No mechanism is proposed for how these occur, when they occur, or whether they form a pattern of field behavior. Most importantly, reversals do not provide a power source that could build the strength of the field back up and maintain it for long ages.The press release was echoed by NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine, and Tarduno’s research was funded by the National Science Foundation. Perceptive readers should notice the clear admissions that the field strength is dropping:“We’ve known for quite some time that the magnetic field has been changing, but we didn’t really know if this was unusual for this region on a longer timescale, or whether it was normal,” one team member said.Nearly 800,000 years ago, the poles were switched: north pointed south and vice versa. The poles have never completely reversed since, but for the past 160 years, the strength of the magnetic field has been decreasing at an alarming rate.A weakening of the magnetic field might also mean more harmful radiation reaches Earth—and trigger an increase in the incidence of skin cancer.Even if a complete pole reversal is not in the near future, however, the weakening of the magnetic field strength is intriguing to scientists, Tarduno says. “The possibility of a continued decay in the strength of the magnetic field is a societal concern that merits continued study and monitoring.”In his book Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, Dr Henry Richter spends most of the time discussing evidences of design that challenge evolutionary theory. For one chapter, though, he engages readers with the mystery of the decay of earth’s magnetic field. Without being dogmatic, he asks whether the evidence suggests that the long-age view is wrong.Van Allen belts, a product of the geomagnetic field (Illustra Media)There are only three possibilities to generate a magnetic field, he writes: (1) a permanent magnet, (2) a dynamo generated by currents in the earth’s core and mantle, or (3) residual currents from the earth’s origin that are decaying away. The first possibility is ruled out because the core would exceed the temperature at which a permanent magnet could exist. The second possibility, a dynamo, requires input energy, or it will decay also, because there is no such thing as a perpetual motion machine. On earth, we can keep dynamos running with hydroelectric power, wind, fossil fuels or nuclear power, but none of those work in the earth’s core. Richter says:This leaves the third explanation, that there are residual electric currents in the interior of the earth which are slowly decaying as they do anywhere in a laboratory or in our machinery. Let us surmise that perhaps these electric currents were created when the earth was formed. Electric currents die away because electrical resistance dissipates their power. On the other hand, currents tend to be maintained because of the phenomenon called inductance, which is an interaction between magnetism and electricity that tends to keep currents flowing if the current decreases.We know that the rocks of the interior of the earth possess both resistance and inductance. If some simple calculations are made about the resistivity of the rocks of the earth’s mantle and outer core, and also of the inductance characteristic of such matter, we can calculate the expected decrease of the current. (p 142)Richter shows that the calculated decrease matches the measurements of magnetic field over the past 160 years. This provides powerful support for the third source, because it is based on laboratory experience with electomagnets, and empirical data from the earth itself. A consequence of magnetic field decay is that the earth cannot be billions of years old. Richter explains what would happen if the empirically measured trend were extrapolated back in time:What this inevitably leads to (and it certainly led me to), is the realization that our Spacecraft Earth is young. Instead of an earth that is 4.5 billion years old (an assumption never questioned by earth scientists and evolutionary biologists these days), it must be only thousands of years old. Why? If the earth were more than 12,000 to 15,000 years old, life could not exist. If we extrapolate backward in time the observed decay rate, huge magnetic fields would have existed at that time, and the earth would be physically unstable. Electric currents that powerful, flowing in the mantle to create these huge magnetic fields, would cause tremendous heating, to the point of melting the earth’s crust.Can secular geophysicists rescue their long age beliefs, on which evolutionary theory depends? Tarduno’s paper in Geophysical Research Letters discusses anomalies, reversals and patterns, but provides no power source to sustain the field.Earth’s dipole magnetic field is presently undergoing a rapid decay, best expressed by a deepening area of low field called the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). This apparent collapse of the geomagnetic field, and speculation about a future field reversal, has captured the public imagination. But we know little about the history of the SAA, limiting our ability to place current changes within a long-term context. Here we present a new magnetic record from sites of southern Africa. The new record supports our prior inferences that the SAA is just the most recent manifestation of a recurring phenomenon in the core beneath Africa—called flux expulsion—that is having a profound impact on the expression of the geomagnetic field.Nothing in this statement, or in the rest of the paper, answers the question of how the decay of the field’s intensity can be reversed. A “flux expulsion” only affects a particular region of the field centered on southern Africa. Even then, the team’s field measurements can only account for behaviors back to the first millennium: i.e., the days of the Roman empire. What about those billions of years? Did they even exist?Creationists have pointed to the decay of the earth’s magnetic field for decades as prima facie evidence that the earth is young. Evolutionists laugh it off because they just ‘know’ that the earth is old, because it has to be old for Darwin’s theory to work. This paper and press release show that models to keep it going are based on speculation, not the hard data going back 160 years. They realize that the field is decaying “at an alarming rate.” Science should follow the evidence where it leads, not depend on rescue devices to sustain a favored philosophy.Richter prefers empirical data to speculation:However, let me comment that science can only accurately examine what it can measure. No geophysicist has witnessed a reversal of the earth’s magnetic field. The variations, moreover, are independent of the field strength. Think of a flashlight spinning slowly as its batteries wear down; it’s that kind of thing. The magnetic energy is radiated out to space, where it cannot be used to regenerate the field.” (p. 137).Richter’s book Spacecraft Earth is available from CMI, the publisher.   (Visited 2,236 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team Competes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emma Sutherly, Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter ReporterRecently the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team competed in the District 5 Contests hosted by Covington High School.Food Science and Technology Contest contestants included Elizabeth Bair, Natalie Bair, Erin Baker, Arielle Barnes, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Justin Hawkins, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, Morgan Nosker, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Rylee Puthoff, Jimmy Sutherly, Leann Vernon, Isabella Waite, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright.Miami East students placed 4th out of 42 teams. The highest placing team consisted of Justin Hawkins, Rylee Puthoff, Isabella Waite, and Anna Broerman. Justin Hawkins was the highest placing individual from Miami East.During the contest the team members were asked to complete a product development scenario in which they calculated the nutritional facts for a new food product and design a new package.  Also they completed an aroma identification section, responded to customer inquiry scenarios, identified sanitation errors in the food industry and common equipment used in a food production facility, and completed a taste sensory test and flavor identification.last_img read more

All About Air Purifiers

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members 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.center_img If you’re concerned about indoor air quality, you may have noticed ads for a type of appliance called a portable air purifier. Purchasers hope that these boxes will suck in dirty air and discharge clean air, but few homeowners know how these appliances operate.In this article, I’ll try to answer a few basic questions about portable air purifiers: Exaggerated claims If you Google “air purifiers,” you’ll quickly discover retailers who make outlandish claims. Air purifiers are the radiant barriers of the IAQ world. In other words, air purifiers often work, but the field seems to attract a lot of charlatans.For example, in an online ad, a company called Dyson claims that its appliance “automatically purifies to remove allergens, pollutants and gases from the air.” Well, if the device removes gases from the air, that must mean that the device simply emits particulates — probably by spraying the room with soot. I think I’ll pass. I’d rather have an air purifier that removes the solids from the air and lets the gases pass right through. Types of air purifiers on the market Portable air purifiers are devices that sit on the floor of a room. A portable air purifier is designed to clean the air of a single room, not an entire house. Most air purifiers include a fan; the device pulls air into the appliance, does something to the air, and then discharges it. Most models cost between $100 and $1,000.Most air purifiers include a particulate filter — a filter that in some cases meets the standard for a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. Other air purifiers claim to clean the air with an activated charcoal filter or with ultraviolet (UV) light. Still others… last_img read more

Policeman killed in stone-pelting after PM’s rally in Ghazipur

first_imgA police constable was on Saturday killed and several others injured in Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh in stone-pelting after clashes broke out during a protest by members of the Nishad Party. Eleven persons were arrrested and several have been detained for questioning. There are over 90 persons named in the FIR, including 30 named as accused.Constable Suresh Vats was returning from his duty at the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the incident took place under the Nonhara area of the Purvanchal district. Yesh Veer Singh, SP Ghazipur, said the constable was killed when the protestors started pelting stones as the police were “trying to clear the roadblock” created by them. The protestors had blocked roads at four places near the venue, he said. The constable succumbed to his injuries.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the matter and announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 40 lakh to the family of the constable.  He also directed the district magistrate and SSP to “take strict action against the unruly elements and immediate arrest and legal action against them,”  a government statement said. Sanjay Nishad, president of the Nishad Party, demanded a detailed  police investigation into the incident. “The BJP is trying to defame us with wrong allegations,” he said.Praveen Nishad, MP of Gorakhpur, and leader of the Nishad Party while talking to The Hindu said Nishad Party had no role in the violence. He claimed activists of the party were staging a peaceful dharna when members of the BJP who were returning from the rally in vehicles started chasing and attacking the Nishad activists.”Due to the attack, local villagers came to the support of our workers and this led to an altercation. The incident regarding the constable (stone-pelting) took place through the BJP workers,” said Mr. Nishad.The Nishads were demanding issuing of SC certificates for their caste under the name Majwar and implementation of a 2016 notifcation brought under  the Akhilesh Yadav government, said Mr. Nishad. “The present government is not giving us the certificates even though it is still valid,” said the MP. Nishads are among the 17 most-backward castes in UP who have been over the years struggling for SC status.last_img read more

Six held in Meerut for bursting crackers after Ayodhya verdict

first_imgMeerut police on Saturday arrested six people at two different places in the city for bursting crackers after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict on Saturday.A statement released by the media cell of the police said three youngsters were arrested from the Sohrabgate bus stand of the city. They have been booked for bursting crackers when Section 144 was imposed in the district. The arrested have been identified as Apoorva, Surendra and Praveen, residents of the Nauchandi area of Meerut. Watch | Ayodhya verdict: Land allotted for the construction of a Ram temple Ayodhya verdictVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3201:32  center_img Police have also arrested three persons from the Brahmpuri area of the city for violating Section 144.Earlier, the police arrested Lakshman Singh, a resident of Pandav Nagar in Civil Lines area of Meerut, for posting a provocative Facebook post.last_img read more

Groups file response to governments fight against solitary confinement

first_imgVANCOUVER – The head of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association says the group is ready to take on the federal government in a dispute over fixing a law that violates the rights of inmates in solitary confinement.“Frankly, it’s offensive that the government is requiring us to continue this fight to the (B.C.) Court of Appeal and potentially to the Supreme Court (of Canada) when they were elected on a promise to fix this,” Josh Paterson said.He announced Tuesday that the association and the John Howard Society of Canada have filed a response to the government’s appeal of a court ruling that calls on the government to strike down a law on indefinite segregation because it causes permanent psychological harm and can lead to suicide.“If they’re going to fight it, well, we’ll fight it,” Paterson said.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Peter Leask issued his decision in January but suspended it for 12 months to give the government enough time to draft new legislation with strict time limits on confinement that can include 23-hours-a-day isolation.The government appealed the decision in February, saying it needs clarity on the issue from the courts.“They’re doing no such thing,” Paterson said. “Their appeal is an attack on the very finding that Canada’s law on solitary confinement is unconstitutional. They’re arguing to the B.C. Court of Appeal that the court should treat the systemic mistreatment of prisoners in solitary confinement as individual incidents that require no change in the law.”Paterson said the lower court judge accepted ample evidence from inquiries over decades that the law needs to be changed in a meaningful way to protect the rights of inmates, especially those who are Indigenous or mentally ill.“All of their institutional tweaking has not resulted in fixing this problem and that’s why this court in B.C. said, ‘Enough. The law that permits all of this to take place must be changed.’ “Last June, in an effort to stop the trial, the government introduced a bill that would restrict solitary confinement to 21 days, dropping to 15 days after 18 months from the bill’s passage.However, the two groups rejected the change, saying a warden would still have the final say and cases such as the 2007 in-custody death of New Brunswick teen Ashley Smith, who spent more than 1,000 days in segregation, could still happen. The judge rejected the government’s argument.The bill restricting solitary confinement has not passed through Parliament.The two groups launched a legal challenge of so-called administrative segregation in 2015, calling it a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead isolated prisoners to harm and even kill themselves.A nine-week trial heard from multiple witnesses including former inmates who continue to experience mental health issues after being released and from a father whose 37-year-old son resorted to suicide.Robert Roy testified Christopher Roy was immediately placed in a segregation cell after arriving at Matsqui Institution, a medium-security facility in Abbotsford, and hanged himself two months later, in June 2015.Roy said he learned from Correctional Service Canada documents obtained through a freedom of information request that his son was placed in isolation because there was nowhere else to put him.“I believe my son was not in a healthy state of mind at that point,” he told the trial.Jay Aubrey, a lawyer for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said Tuesday that Correctional Service Canada uses multiple reasons, including punishment and safety of prisoners, to justify solitary confinement but it lacks adequate ways to assess people who are suffering from a mental illness.“Christopher (Roy) was given their intro mental-illness checklist,” she said. “He passed that then killed himself by strangulation.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more