BREAKING NEWS FROM CHANNEL 44: CROUCH SELECTED AS HOLCOMB RUNNING MATE

first_imgSUZANNE CROUCH IS SELECTED AS HOLCOMB RUNNING MATEGubernatorial candidate Eric Holcomb picked his running mate as he seeks the Governor’s office. And she is an Evansville native.According to his Facebook page, this morning Holcomb announced that he has asked State Auditor Suzanne Crouch to run on his ticket in the Indiana Governor’s race.Holcomb describes Crouch’s record as strong with an impressive resume. He states her experience as valuable “in four separate and important roles in local and state government, both at legislative and executive levels”.Earlier this week, the Republican party chose Holcomb to replace Governor Mike Pence on the ticket.Crouch served as State Auditor since January 2014. She previously served as a State Representative, Vanderburgh County Commissioner, and Vanderburgh County Auditor. She also graduated from Purdue University.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Winter Storm Update: All Broadway Shows Will Play as Scheduled on February 9

first_img View Comments ‘The Book of Mormon’ and ‘Chicago'(Photo: Jenny Anderson) The show must go on, even as Winter Storm Niko delivers up to a foot of snow to the Great White Way. All Broadway shows will play as scheduled on February 9.The followings shows will offer no cost exchanges to an alternate date for Broadway.com customers who are unable to attend performances due to the weather: Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, The Glass Menagerie, Jitney, The Lion King, On Your Feet!, The Present, Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, Avenue Q, The Imbible, Not That Jewish, Shear Madness, Cagney, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Jonah and Otto, The Marvelous Wonderettes and Yours Unfaithfully.If you purchased tickets through Broadway.com and are unable to attend a performance to the shows above on February 9, call 1-800-BROADWAY to arrange an exchange. Customers must call up to two hours before the respective showtime.last_img read more

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Weekend Pick: Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K

first_imgThere are very few things that beat warming up with some good hot chocolate on a cold day. Combine that with one of the best 10Ks in the Blue Ridge region? Now that’s a real winner. See for yourself this Saturday at the Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K.The reviews of the Hot Chocolate 10K are simply shining: “The Hot Chocolate 10k in Asheville is a tasty mid-winter treat for runners at a time when good races are few and far between,” says running blogger Richard Hefner. “A great way to start the new year!” another racer claims.Here’s some more good incentive, for those of you who might be a little nervous to take on the 10K challenge: the Hot Chocolate 10K race is widely known as the “flattest 10K” in the Asheville area. No hills, no problem. The course follows a gentle path through the city, perfect for beginner runners or a great chance for more experienced racers to focus on speed and form. The race will begin at 8:55 AM Saturday morning, with a hot chocolate celebration and awards ceremony to follow. In addition to all that delicious cocoa, racers will receive a commemorative long-sleeve shirt at the finish. The race is capped at 750 participants, but there’s still room for more! Online registration has closed, so interested runners should register on-site the morning of the race. Registration costs just $40, and benefits the local Isaac Dickson Elementary School Parent Teacher OrganizationHot Chocolate 10K.Hot chocolate + fun miles + good people = one great event. Get in on the action at the Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K!last_img read more

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Family to sue hospital after child dies of strep throat

first_imgThe family of a 9-year-old who died after contracting strep throat says they are planning to sue Palms West Hospital after the hospital failed to recognize the seriousness of the child’s illness.According to the report, the child Sebastian Rodriguez came home from school on February 6th feeling ill.Rodriguez’ father then took the child to the hospital after his son continued to complain of severe headaches and he noticed that the 9-year-old was shivering.The child was evaluated at the hospital who then told the child’s father that his son was fine and sent them home with a medical prescription. Staff members also advised the family to wait a period of time and if the symptoms got worse, the family could return to the hospital.Rodriguez’ father says over the next few hours the child did become more ill but because it happened before the time frame the hospital gave them to return, Rodriguez’ family contacted the child’s pediatrician and was told to bring the child in the next morning.The child’s father says the next day his son was so weak that he had to carry him into the doctor’s office. The doctor then evaluated the child and called the hospital to suggest that they admit the child.When the 9-year-old’s family return to the hospital, however, the hospital evaluated the child again and sent the family home.Less than 24-hours later the family returned with the child who was screaming out in pain. Nurses then tried to intubate him, but at that point,  his tongue was too swollen.Eventually the child’s heart stopped and despite efforts from the medical staff, they were unable to revive him. The child was pronounced dead at 7:31 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9th.The family is now working towards suing Palms West whom they are accusing of failing to recognize the serious nature of the child’s illness.last_img read more

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Bulldogs, Cardinals cruise to 3-set wins

first_imgChester >> The Los Molinos Lady Bulldogs and Corning Lady Cardinals volleyball teams continued their winning ways Thursday night with quick wins over Lassen and Las Plumas, respectively, but the Red Bluff Lady Spartans and Mercy Lady Warriors wouldn’t fare so well, falling to Chico and Burney.The Bulldogs went into Chester and beat the Volcanoes handily in three sets, 25-11, 25-5, 25-8.Heather Rodriguez was named player of the match for the Bulldogs, posting 5 aces, 13 digs and 15 assists.Rac …last_img

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Scientist Preaches Integrity to Fellow Scientists

first_imgPatrick Bateson (U. of Cambridge), concerned over reports of malpractice by scientists, wrote an essay in Science1 Feb. 4 to remind his fellow researchers about “Desirable Scientific Conduct.”  One mustn’t allow his or her affiliations or biases to influence results.  Performing tainted research feeds the postmodern conception that science is a cultural construct, for one thing, and can overlook important leads.  “Treasure your exceptions!” he says, providing a couple of examples of insights overlooked because of bias.  “The data point lying under the researcher’s thumb might be the most interesting result of the whole study.”  He refers to an actual incident where a Nobel Prize winner placed his thumb on a slide to cover a data point that was off the line.    Bateson’s advice comes down to good old-fashioned values: “Desirable modes of scientific conduct require considerable self-awareness as well as a reaffirmation of the old virtues of honesty, scepticism, and integrity.”1Patrick Bateson, “Desirable Scientific Conduct,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5710, 645, 4 February 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1107915].Bateson quotes someone who thought the results of Gregor Mendel were too good to be true, but for research done with the integrity and care he exercised, maybe it was too good for the typical Darwin Party scientist who trades in myths and stories.  It’s hard to know if Mendel was careless with exceptions or not; one thing is for sure, his laws of genetics have stood the test of time.    Good advice, but can one get “old virtues” out of Darwinism?  Did honesty evolve?  Does integrity correlate with fitness?  We know who followed the values that sprang from Darwinism (see 02/03/2005 entry).  Science gained nothing ethical from the Darwinian revolution and the totalitarian regime that followed.  On the contrary, Darwinism liberated scientists to maintain their philosophy in spite of the evidence.  It allowed them to cover up the data of design with the thumb of imagination.  Most of their data are exceptions (Cambrian explosion, complexity of the cell, inadequacy of natural selection), such that their thumb covers the whole slide.  Even the thumb is an exception.  Scientific integrity would mean abandoning Darwinism; it’s amazing Science would print such a sermon.    The scientific method is essentially codified integrity.  The study of any natural phenomenon presupposes a love of the truth, a desire to avoid bias and carelessness, and a commitment to follow the evidence where it leads.  Honesty, skepticism and integrity are just as necessary for any intellectual endeavor, whether history, theology, research, journalism, leadership, and dealings with oneself and others.  These values derive from the Bible, not The Origin of Species.  Bateson should reference his sources.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africa increases R&D spend

first_imgMost South African R&D work were performed in the research field of the engineering sciences (20.9% of total R&D), followed by the natural sciences (20.3%) and the medical and health sciences (15.1%). Meanwhile, the demographic profile of researchers in South Africa is changing, with women researchers now comprise 39.7% of the total researchers, compared to 12.4% in Japan, and 31.7% in Norway. Among the developing countries, Argentina leads the way with 50.5 percent women researchers. Ten-year innovation plan The information is critical to South Africa’s forward planning, particularly in specifying the targets for the Ten-Year Innovation Plan, which aims to help drive South Africa’s transformation towards a knowledge-based economy in which the production and dissemination of knowledge leads to economic benefits. The higher education sector undertakes 20% of national R&D activity, while the government (including the science councils) performs 22.8% of the total but finances 33.9% of R&D. “It is important to have a strong basic research component in a country’s national system of innovation in order to challenge and train new researchers,” Mjwara said in a statement. Source: BuaNews South Africa currently has a total of 30 986 full-time equivalent R&D personnel, comprising researchers, technicians and other support staff. Wide research fields According to the survey, the strengthening of the R&D system through national policies and mechanisms including special support for cooperation across what is termed the “triple helix” of business, government and higher education sectors can only lead to a more competitive international position through R&D based innovation. “Applied research and experimental development contribute to economic development by providing new R&D based products and processes with potential for introduction to the market.” Mjwara said that the local business sector was the major performer and financer of R&D activity in the country, performing 55.9% of all work undertaken and financing 51.3% of total R&D. A new survey by the Human Sciences Research Council finds that South Africa spent at least R16.5-billion on research and development (R&D) over the 2006/07 financial year, an indication that the country is progressing towards being a knowledge-based economy. About 10.6% of South Africa’s R&D activity is financed from abroad. Altogether about 18.6% of total R&D performed in the country comprised basic research representing an expenditure of about 0.18% of GDP. 18 September 2008 Speaking in Pretoria this week, Department of Science and Technology director-general Phil Mjwara said the growth in spending puts the country on course to meet its goal of spending 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development by the 2008/9 financial year. The purpose of the survey, conducted by the HSRC’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, found that R&D expenditure had increased from R14.1-billion in 2005/06.last_img read more

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A Note to Young Entrepreneurs

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You aren’t going to be Uber. Well, a few of you may be, but most of you will not. There are a lot of businesses that are being disrupted, and many more will be, but not all of those disruptions will result in an Uber (or something like it).You aren’t going to be Gary Vaynerchuk either. The mistake you make in believing that he is your model is that you mistake what you see on the screen for entrepreneurship. He continually tells you to eat s…, but you rarely see him doing the real work that makes him an entrepreneur. You don’t see him reviewing financials and doing the more unpleasant tasks that come with being an entrepreneur.Most of what is entrepreneurship isn’t quite so sexy, even though it’s great that you have a dream. But the real reasons you are going to struggle to create a business is going to come down to a few things:Delivering Something Cheaper: There are some things that lose their quality when you make them cheaper, think fast food. The fact that you can sell something for $29 doesn’t necessarily translate to an ongoing concern. You may get 35,000 to pay that monthly, but it is not something you should count on. If your only goal is $1,000,000, become a plumber and get three or four trucks.Underestimating Customer Acquisition: If you don’t how to acquire customers, you are not going to have an ongoing concern. You are going to have some paperwork from LegalZoom and a business card. Maybe you’ll have cool sneakers, too. Growing a business starts and ends with acquiring clients (or customers). That is the core function of a business, and scaling up has nothing to do with anything other than acquiring and serving more customers.No Base of Understanding: The real challenge for many of you who profess to want to start something is that you have too little experience in business when you start. You haven’t been around a business to know how things work. You haven’t had to rub against the conflicts and challenges and you lack the experience to know how to operate.“But wait,” you say, “Iannarino, there are kids flipping tennis shoes on Instagram making more money than I am.” This is a true statement and it makes my point. It’s their salesmanship and their marketing that is generating their success, not a rented office, not special coffees or green drinks, not your cool sneakers, not the slide deck that is going to cause the private equity and angels to beat a path to your door, nor is it your business cards.If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to build a business by gaining customers. You have to do the difficult things to stand up a company. The success and the accolades may come later, and when they do, you won’t feel the same way about them anyway.last_img read more

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Fixing’ fears kept ICC on its toes this World Cup

first_imgThere are rumours that the India-Pak semi-final came under the scanner.The world Cup final will be played today, just five days ahead of the 11th anniversary of the Hansie Cronje matchfixing revelation made by the Delhi Police. While the game has moved on since 2000, with Twenty20 format and ‘Dil Scoop’ shots having come to stay, the stain of match-fixing hasn’t completely vanished.Even as the World Cup final is played in Mumbai, the sleuths of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC), besides several Indian lawenforcement agencies, are on the alert to crack down on those involved in betting on the game. Some people are quietly claiming that the India-Pakistan semi-final on Wednesday was under the shadow of doubt, but as always no proof is forthcoming.Since April 7, 2000, when KK Paul, then joint commissioner of Delhi Police, announced that South Africa captain Cronje (he has since died) and some of his teammates were involved in fixing a One-day International series against India in March 2000, stakes in the game have risen at a mind boggling rate.With millions and millions of dollars at stake in the sport and with the ICC and other agencies keeping a close eye on players and those around them, there is strict vigilance all the time.But people involved in the fixing business have changed some nomenclature, with spot- fixing and spread-betting becoming the more fashionable words.Even during this World Cup doubts were raised over a few individual and team performances, but the ICC, which now has a pro-active and independent anti-corruption setup, was quick to deny any wrongdoing.advertisementOff the field, several cases of illegal betting have been busted by the Indian police during the World Cup and even on a global stage some people still approach/ lure players as was evident in the Mazhar Majeed case involving members of the Pakistani team during a series in England last year.For the ongoing World Cup, almost the entire ICC ACSU team has been camping in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, keeping a close watch on the matches and goings-on surrounding them. But members of ACSU are not ready to speak on their success rate. When contacted, Ravi Sawani, general manager and chief investigator, ACSU, excused himself, saying that he was not allowed to speak to the media. “I apologise for not being able to speak on this. My remit says that I cannot speak to the press,” he said.Even the BCCI’s permanent security advisor Ranjit Kumar Das, a retired police officer, isn’t willing to comment. “Even if I am happy, I am not authorised to share it with the press,” he said.Under Jagmohan Dalmiya’s presidentship, the ICC constituted Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) – it later became ACSU – with British top cop Paul Condon heading it. “The ACU is a well organised setup. And in the past some international sports federations, including tennis, benefitted after studying ICC’s anti-corruption template.Sawani’s predecessor at ACSU, Jeff Rees, a former British police officer, joined as director of the world tennis bodies’ Tennis Integrity Unit to check corruption in the sport,” a former ICC top official told Mail Today . KK Paul, who joined the Union Public Service Commission after retiring as Delhi police commissioner, said he follows the game but not the developments in match-fixing or betting. ” What I can say is that Condon interacted with me in Delhi a few times when I was in the service,” said the man who never misses a game of cricket and will be watching the final too.===Large-hearted Kapil never fails his friends Legendary Kapil Dev’s fans know him as a talented all-rounder and the man who captained India to the World Cup title in 1983. Now a successful businessman, Kapil is involved several other projects.But he hasn’t forgotten his friends from his playing days, especially those who played with him for Haryana. Wicketkeeper Salim Ahmed, who took many catches off Kapil’s famous outswingers, received a boost a few days ago when the former India captain promised to help the students of DNS College of Engineering & Technology in Amroha, near Delhi, get jobs after graduating from the institution Ahmed has established.”Kapil met students of my college and promised them that he would help them find jobs once they complete their education. We have been friends for many years and I know Kapil always lives up to his promise,” Ahmed told Mail Today .===Help thy neighbour When will Bangladesh play their first Test match on Indian soil? Almost 11 years ago they got the elite status, with the BCCI – more specifically, Jagmohan Dalmiya as ICC president – leading the campaign. But since then successive BCCI set-ups, which include Dalmiya as board president (2001- 2004), have given them a royal ignore.advertisementIt’s an open secret that when Dalmiya was staking his claim for the post of ICC president, he needed votes of member countries and apparently promised Bangladesh goodies (read exposure through matches and other help).But once he ascended to the ICC throne (1997-2000) and even later when he became BCCI president, Bangladesh remained isolated. They last played a match in India almost 13 years ago.An indebted Bangladesh Cricket Board is too overawed of the BCCI, to ask the big brother to invite its team to play with the Indian team. When asked about his anomaly, BCB senior vice-president Mahbubul Anam said: “We are talking to them for a series.” He hardly sounded convincing.===Chappell’s wife turns nostalgic Wednesday’s India-Pakistan semi-final made many people turn nostalgic and recall the Indian team’s tours of Pakistan in 2004 and 2006. On the second tour, Indian team coach Greg Chappell’s wife Judith accompanied him and thoroughly enjoyed it and even made a scrap book on the tour. Among the souvenirs she collected during that tour was a half-smoked cigar of the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who had left it in the ashtray during a match he came to watch.Judith can still recall a sight that is firmly etched on her mind. “Travelling in the Indian team bus from Lahore to Faisalabad, we were thrilled to see the excitement of the local people lining the road into town. One moment, in particular, stood out for its poignancy and humour.In the crowd a man with a big, toothless grin on his face, standing proudly at the rear of his empty, horse- pulled cart waved at us as the traffic policeman himself let us know that all was well just by the expression in his eyes and bearing the widest grin on his face,” she recalls. “In a split second of my noticing this, Sachin Tendulkar turned around to face Greg and I with a twinkle in his eye.He too had seen the joyous, excited welcome of this man towards the Indian team – one of many wonderful moments which endeared us to the people of Pakistan.”last_img read more

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