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Q&A: Sewanee’s first Black vice-chancellor reflects on Episcopal university’s efforts…

first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN By David PaulsenPosted Feb 17, 2021 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Theological Education Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing Reuben E. Brigety II was elected vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Feb. 28, 2020, and took office on June 17. Photo: University of the South[Episcopal News Service] Reuben E. Brigety II, a former U.S. ambassador to the African Union, was serving as an academic dean at George Washington University in the nation’s capital late in 2019 when he got a call from a firm that was recruiting potential nominees for vice-chancellor of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Brigety initially had only a passing familiarity with the Episcopal university, commonly known simply as Sewanee. “The first thing I asked them was, are they ready for a Black vice-chancellor?” Brigety, 47, said in an interview with Episcopal News Service as he approached the anniversary of his election. “And then I asked the opposite question: ‘Are you just calling me to diversify your candidate pool?’”Assured that Sewanee took him and his leadership credentials seriously, Brigety agreed to apply and interview for the job. He was elected by Sewanee’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 28, 2020, and on June 17, he became the first Black vice-chancellor and president of an institution that is historically rooted in racism — from its founding by a Southern Episcopal church in 1857 to serve a white, slaveholding society to its refusal for nearly a century to allow Black students to attend.Brigety spoke with ENS over Zoom for about 45 minutes on Feb. 3. Days after that interview, on Feb. 7, he revealed during a Sewanee worship service that vandals had repeatedly attacked the on-campus home where he and his wife and two teenage sons live. Brigety cited the incidents – from liquor bottles and other trash left on his lawn to threatening signs posted by his door – as a call to affirm Sewanee’s values.“It is up to us to decide who we are, what we will tolerate and how we will live together,” Brigety said during the service. On Feb 17, he sent a follow-up letter to members of the campus community thanking them for their support.Brigety did not mention the attacks and threats while speaking earlier with ENS, though he didn’t sugarcoat the challenges facing Sewanee, particularly as it works to diversify its student body. He noted it wasn’t until 1970 that Sewanee first awarded a degree to an undergraduate Black student, and even today, Black students are only about 3% of its mostly white student body.“We are located in the heart of the region [the South] that we claim our name from,” he told ENS. “That is also where 60% of the country’s African Americans live, so we have an issue” – and not just a moral issue. “If you’ve affirmatively shut the door to your house for 150 years and then you crack it open, you have to do more than simply assume that people are going to want to come in, particularly when they have other options.“We have to do the work to figure out how we make Sewanee a place that is truly welcoming for everybody.”Sewanee, governed today by 28 Episcopal dioceses in the Southeast, began researching and confronting the legacy of its past complicity in white supremacist systems in 2017 when it launched the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation under Brigety’s predecessor, John McCardell Jr. The project’s researchers compiled some of their initial findings in a report that was cited in a statement issued Sept. 8, 2020, by the Sewanee Board of Regents. The board declared that the university “rejects its past veneration of the Confederacy” and commits to “an urgent process of institutional reckoning.”Brigety, in a parallel letter, called the board’s statement “a pivotal moment in the life of the University of the South,” and he outlined several initiatives that the Sewanee administration would take to demonstrate its commitment to equality and inclusion while reckoning with the university’s past.The following questions and answers have been condensed and lightly edited for length and clarity.ENS: First of all, could you tell us about your faith background? I know it’s not required for your job, but are you Episcopalian?Reuben Brigety, a 47-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, native, previously served as U.S. ambassador to the African Union and dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Photo: University of the SouthBRIGETY: I’m an almost-Episcopalian. [Laughs.] I was raised in the Black Baptist church. At the Naval Academy, where I went for undergrad, the principal Protestant service is kind of modeled on an Episcopal service, and when I went to England for graduate school, obviously Anglicans everywhere. When I came back to the States, I was a naval officer stationed in Virginia Beach and started worshipping with Episcopalians. At the time, I was dating a woman who’s now my wife, Leelie [Selassie], who grew up in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, so when we got married and were figuring out our faith life together, we decided to meet in the middle and became Presbyterians.ENS: Sewanee was founded by a slaveholding Episcopal bishop, Leonidas Polk, to educate the children of other white slaveholders. I’m curious if you knew much of that early history before coming to Sewanee, and did that give you pause?BRIGETY: I knew some of it. Quite frankly, a lot of what I have subsequently learned was not readily available. We have something called the Roberson Project, which predates my arrival by several years, which has been interrogating our history as it relates to slavery and race. There are a lot of things that really started to come to light with the preliminary findings of the Roberson Project. I knew that Sewanee had connections with the Lost Cause [the revisionist movement that sought to portray the Confederacy as failed but noble]. I asked those questions directly in my interview process: “Am I going to be expected to defend and uphold the ideology of the Lost Cause? Because I’m not doing it, if that’s what you need.” And they said no.ENS: After your election, the country was hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and then three weeks before you took office, the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, set off protests around the country against racial injustice. How did those crises affect your first few months as vice-chancellor?BRIGETY: On the one hand, becoming a university president anywhere has its own challenges, particularly as the country approaches the so-called demographic cliff, in 2026, where we will see a national contraction of the cohort of 18-year-olds across the country. I knew that was going to be a thing. I knew that being the first Black vice-chancellor was going to be a thing. I had hoped to not have to deal with race my first year, just let people get to know me and me get to know them. Then the pandemic happens, and Sewanee’s evacuated. To deal with COVID, we accelerated the timeline for my arrival. And then the world exploded on matters of race. For my first public speech, I declared, yes, Black lives matter. I also declared that I categorically oppose violence to address any civic issue and that we would not have it here at Sewanee, but I knew our Black community members and Black students needed to be seen and valued. And I understood the hurt.ENS: In September, the Board of Regents issued its statement rejecting the institution’s racist past. You put out a statement as well, as did the School of Theology. How did the board’s statement come about?BRIGETY: Over the course of that summer, everybody was releasing statements. And because of our particular history and the power of that moment, we understood that we needed to say something, but we also didn’t want to put out a statement that was virtue signaling. We actually wanted to commit to a series of actions that would meaningfully put us on a different path. The important thing about [the regents’] statement in my view: one, obviously the categorial repudiation of the institution’s past veneration of the Confederacy and the ideology of white supremacy. At least as important is the charge that came out of that, which is that we are to become a place that is a model for diversity and inclusion in American higher education.ENS: The goals identified by your letter ranged from improving the diversity of the student body and faculty to forming a commission to perhaps consider renaming buildings and monuments on the campus. Since then, are there any updates on some of those efforts?BRIGETY: With regards to diversity among the student body, we’re actively working on that. I spend a lot of my time personally engaging potential candidates, both candidates of color and those who are white, saying, “I want you to come. We believe in creating people of character and consequence at Sewanee.” We talk for about 30 minutes, and then I say, “Here’s your homework. You call every other college you want to go to and ask for 30 minutes with their president and get their commitment they’ll be personally invested in your development. You see what happens.” That is very important; it’s the very core of who we are at Sewanee.ENS: If you could put me in that conversation, given what’s come before at Sewanee and given the new Sewanee you hope to realize here, what is your pitch to those students, white or Black or anyone?BRIGETY: First of all, we have a first-rate liberal arts education. The second is that we believe deeply in community and in individual development. Third, the argument that I’m making is we are turning [Sewanee’s] history on its head. Our commitment to diversity, equality, inclusion is all the more powerful precisely because of our history. Come be a part of this amazing new story of the new South. For some, it works. For others – I had a young woman we offered a full scholarship to. She was coming out of D.C. And her mother was like, “I’m sorry, I just can’t send my child there. Not only is it too far, it’s the University of the South. The country’s angry. There was a bombing in Nashville over Christmas Day.” And so I got on the phone with her, the mom and the student, and we talked for over an hour. I think we almost had them. Then the [U.S.] Capitol was assaulted on Jan. 6, with a man walking though the Capitol with the [Confederate] Stars and Bars. And the mother was like, “I’m sorry.” We opened the whole world to her. And she’s like, “It’s just not worth it.”ENS: On the surface you would think, that’s in D.C., you’re in the middle of Tennessee. How are those related? But that family saw a connection.BRIGETY: Absolutely. She said, “Look, vice-chancellor, I’m sure you mean well. But I see what’s happening in the country. I see where you are. And I just can’t entrust my daughter to go there.”ENS: This was a Black family?BRIGETY: Yeah. Now, I would say that that is a distinctly minority view among the students that I engage. The vast majority are ready to come.ENS: Other Episcopal institutions are trying to eliminate Confederate symbols and names from public display. Sewanee has its own examples, such a monument honoring a Confederate general that the university relocated to a nearby cemetery. Are there any recent examples of Sewanee’s removing representations of the Confederacy or Lost Cause?BRIGETY: We will convene a committee this semester to begin looking at this. Our university, like the country, has a challenging inheritance to deal with. In every instance, we need to carefully evaluate what are the relative merits of the honorees to the founding of the university compared to their actions, which do not reflect our values. This notion that we’re erasing history, that’s ridiculous. We’re not erasing history. When you have public honorifics, the purpose is not to remember a set of facts. The purpose is to advance a set of ideals. And so the question is, in every circumstance, are we appropriately honoring a set of ideals that match who we are and who we want to be? The other thing is, if any history matters, then all of it does. Tell it all. For example, there is nothing on this campus to recognize the fact that the land on which we sit was initially cleared by slave labor, rented slave labor. Like the rest of America, all of this land at one time was populated by Indigenous people. There’s not so much as a doorknob on this campus to recognize the Native peoples who once lived here. If we’re going to be intentional about history, tell it all. Tell it all, and let us decide what we’re going to honor and what we’re simply going to remember.ENS: The Sewanee board’s statement acknowledged that many “do not recognize their Sewanee” in some of the stories you’re talking about, stories of the past complicity in racist systems and ideologies. And then others see Sewanee “all too clearly” in those details. There’s also that divide in the country, how people see the same set of facts differently. Is that reflected on the campus today?BRIGETY: First of all, Sewanee’s a lovely place that has helped to form generations of young people, and Sewanee alums love this university. And it is far too easy to enjoy the beauty of the [campus], engage in the rigor of your classes, enjoy the parties and the athletic competitions here and, if you are not paying attention, to not once give any thought about the roots of this university or to not think critically of the many Confederate sympathizers whose names grace our buildings and places of honor and reverence. And yet, we continue to live with the ramifications of that history, both in terms of the demographics of people who feel comfortable being here and in terms of how we choose to present ourselves to the world, both affirmatively and through our silence. Which is why I say the power of this moment is to be able to turn the trial of our past into the triumph of our future by turning that history on its head, and that’s what we intend to do.ENS: Sewanee is owned and governed by the dioceses of the Southeast. I’ve heard from some Black leaders in The Episcopal Church who don’t want to visit Sewanee even today because of its history. They aren’t convinced that Sewanee has changed and still feel disappointment and resentment. Do you think the university has turned a corner, or do you still see an uphill battle?BRIGETY: The answer is yes, on all counts. One of the first things I did when I sat in this chair – it was in the first week – I had a [Zoom] meeting with all the constituent bishops. And the bishop of Atlanta, Rob Wright, in a very Episcopal way said, “Greetings, vice-chancellor. Welcome. So glad to have you. Peace be upon you. And by the way, you just need to know I am never setting foot on your campus.” [Laughs.] Opened up, with both barrels. “There is no reason for me to set foot on a place that continues to venerate and honor these white supremacist Confederates in the 21st century.” And he is not the only African American senior leader of the church who has said that to me. That was in late June, which is also during the time frame when the regents were contemplating what, if anything, to say in this moment of racial reconciliation. And I used that example. I told the regents, look, when the princes of your church don’t feel comfortable setting foot on this campus, we’ve got a problem and we have to address it head on. And we are doing so. In all seriousness, the fact that we are enmeshed in The Episcopal Church is a great benefit to us, because in every circumstance we can say, explain to me how this is consistent with the teachings of racial reconciliation in The Episcopal Church. If it’s not, then we need to confront it. There is a lot of good here, a lot of wonderful people here, and there is some deep, painful history that we are committed to engaging.ENS: Do you have any hope of convincing Bishop Wright to come visit Sewanee after his comment in June?BRIGETY: [Laughs] I think he’ll come. Because that was before the statement went out. He has assured me that he will come.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC Q&A: Sewanee’s first Black vice-chancellor reflects on Episcopal university’s efforts to confront racist historycenter_img Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Tags Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Racial Justice & Reconciliation, last_img read more

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Clippers’ Doc Rivers foresaw a coaching future for Nets’ Jacque Vaughn

first_img“I hope,” Rivers said, “he gets a good shot here.”SCORING SURGEIf you love defense, the bubble might not be the best place for you.According to ESPN, entering Sunday’s games, 17 of the 22 teams inside the bubble were putting up more points — by an average of nine points —  than they’d averaged before the season was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus.The Clippers, who, for the season, are the NBA’s fourth-highest scoring team, with 116.3 points per game. On the NBA campus at Walt Disney World Resort, their scoring average has ticked up to 118.0 points per game.For the season, the Nets are averaging 111.3 points per game; in the bubble, Vaughn’s team is scoring 117.8 points.Rivers said the offensive improvement is the result of extra practice and shooting.“We’ve had a lot of practice time,” Rivers said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had this much practice.“We have free gym every night, so I think guys are putting a lot of work in,” added Rivers, referencing the hour or so of open gym available to every team, every night, even game nights.“There’s no oversight, it’s really just shooting. But a lot of guys are coming — on every team, not just our team — and they’re getting a lot of extra shots with our coaches. When they’re struggling with some kind of concept, offensively or defensively, they have the opportunity to go over it in those little sessions, so it’s been invaluable.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Perhaps not specifically on Sunday evening, but longer term, Doc Rivers is rooting for Jacque Vaughn.Entering the game against the Clippers, Brooklyn’s interim coach — promoted in March following Kenny Atkinson’s midseason departure — is 5-2, including 3-2 in the bubble. Brooklyn clinched a playoff berth last week with a 119-106 win over the Sacramento Kings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.It’s the second NBA head coaching stint for the Pasadena native, who starred at John Muir High School, where he maintained a 3.94 grade point average and earned recognition as the seventh-ranked recruit in the nation.As a pro, Vaughn played for Rivers in Orlando for the duration of the 2002-03 season, enough time for Rivers to predict what was next for the 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 assists in 12 NBA seasons.center_img “Listen, I coached Jacque in Orlando, he played with me for an entire year,” Rivers said, via Zoom, before their teams met Sunday “So I’m a big fan of his. He was one of those players, similar to (current Clippers assistants) Ty Lue, and Sam (Cassell), that you knew when they retired, they would be coaches.”To hear Vaughn tell it, he was taking notes while he was a member of the Magic. Orlando went 42-40 that season and lost in seven games to the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, with Vaughn contributing 4.9 points and 3.6 assists.“It was great playing for him,” Vaughn said. “We were a team that we had a superstar in Tracy McGrady, so I saw first-hand how Doc was able to coach high-talented, high-level players who need to be challenged, but also have a great deal of skill.”Vaughn said he appreciated his front-row seat for that dynamic, but also how Rivers was able to “coach a team that played extremely hard and at times overachieved, to be able to get the most out of the group.“I definitely consider him a guy that I’ve taken a lot from and leaned on as far as my coaching career,” Vaughn said.last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff apprehends Arlington, Texas man accused of shooting his estranged wife

first_imgDevanne Jonesby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, Sumner County Sheriff deputies apprehended an Arlington man suspected of shooting and killing his estranged wife in Arlington, Texas.Devanne Jones, 36, of Arlington is currently in Sumner County jail awaiting extradition back to his home where he is expected to be charged with murder.Jones surrendered in Kansas hours after Arlington police say he shot Latoya Alexander, a 35-year-old mother, on Sunday morning at their home according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Arlington Star-Telegram.Jones then drove more than 340 miles north before stopping at the G4 Plaza convenience store, east of South Haven, on the U.S. 166 exit. Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said he called 911 after having what appeared to be a change of heart. The dispatcher told Arlington detectives that she stayed on the line with Jones and the store clerk until deputies arrived to arrest him. According to the Star-Telegram, Jones told Kansas authorities that he had a pistol with him in his car. He was arrested without incident.The shooting occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday in Arlington when police received word of a shooting. When they arrived, officers found a 2012 Chevolet Impala with its headlights on and the engine running in the driveway at the home on Jupiter Drive. Multiple bullet holes could be seen in the driver’s side front window and the front and rear door handles were missing, according to the affidavit.Officers broke out several windows to get inside the car and found a woman who appeared to be dead from multiple gunshot wounds.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Redress · 331 weeks ago Good discussion Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgSpit Fyah, Fort infeature clashJoint leaders Spit Fyah (24 points) and fourth place Fort International (17 points) will clash in the feature match at Passagefort Drive in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League tomorrow morning, starting at 11 o?clock.Co-leaders Right Stuff (24 points) should get the better of Passagefort United at Gem?s Bar, Waterford. Other matches on schedule (home teams named first) include Highlight Strikers vs Materpiece, Eradication vs Waterhouse United, Feluchie Strikers vs Soursop Tree, Naggo Head vs Correctional Services, Exceptional International vs Unity Strikers, Garveymeade vs Chedwin Strikers and Spring Village vs Ken?s Wildflower.In last Sunday?s games,Spit Fyah and Right Stuff remained unbeaten as they chalked up their sixth straight win. Spit Fyah whipped Naggo Head 300-241 and Right Stuff defeated Memory Lane 300-281, while third place Exceptional International (17 points) lost their first game, going down 300-287 to Waterhouse United (14 points).Mega Angels winnetball titleMega Angels carved out a narrow 44-41 win over arch-rivals Westchester to cop the inaugural South East St Catherine Neball League title in an exciting final on Ash Wednesday at the Westchester Community Centre.Mega Angels walked home with $50,000 for winning and Westchester received $30,000 for taking the runners-up spot.Pro-Santos B defeated Passagefort Strikers 40-23 to take third place and a cash award of $20,000.Meanwhile, Mega Angels were adjudged the Most Discipline team; the Best Attacking Player award went to Marcella Thompson of Mega Angels and Fiona Archibald from Westchester pocketed the Best Defensive Player award.The league was created through a joint venture between the Social Development Commission (SDC) and Colin Fagan, the Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine.Braeton stun Cumberland 5-2Braeton United stunned Cumberland 5-2 as action continued in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League.Jamie Morgan, Bale Boland, Ricardo Bernard, Shemar Malcolm and Kevin Williams put their names on the scoresheet for Braeton. The win propelled Braeton to 16 points and assured them top spot in the standings and a semi-final berth. The Cecil Morgan-coached Braeton are also in the KO semi-final.In other games, Edgewater (13 points) clipped Waterford 1-0 and are through the semi-finals, while Racing thumped Daytona 4-0. Cedar Grove (12 points have also qualified for the semi-finals.Dunbeholden, Reid?s Pen draw 1-1Dunbeholden and Reid?s Pen shared the points in a 1-1 stalemate as the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/All Island Community Football League kicked off, at Dunbeholden on Sunday.Christopher Caruthers scored for Dunbeholden from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, while Rajat Genius equalised for Reid?s Pen in the 86th minute.last_img read more

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first_imgDonegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue has described the Government’s stimulus plan as ‘extremely disappointing for Donegal’.He said the plan fails to provide any new funding for road projects in Donegal, including the A5, and there will be no new funding for school building projects in Donegal under the plan.  In addition to this, the two new primary care centres in Donegal are not guaranteed, as it seems they will be subject to further HSE agreement.And there was no mention at all of the Twin Towns by-pass. Deputy McConalogue commented: “There has been great fanfare surrounding the announcement of the government’s stimulus package this week but unfortunately it seems that this was little more than a shameless PR stunt. At best, we are only seeing the re-announcement of building projects that were originally announced by the previous Government but stopped by Fine Gael and Labour over the past year.“Once again, Donegal has been sidelined in this announcement.  There will be no new roads or new schools for Donegal.  The plan includes 35 primary care centres, 2 of which are in Donegal town & Dungloe. However the fine print clearly states that only 20 of these will actually be built and only if local GPs agree.  There is no guarantee if and when the centres in Donegal will be built.“This plan provides little comfort to 20,073 people in Donegal who are currently on the Live Register.  There will be very few new jobs in Donegal or in any part of the country for at least two years.  The earliest we will see any of these projects commence is 2014, with some work scheduled for 2017 and beyond.“This stimulus announcement will go nowhere towards filling the gap left by the massive cuts in capital expenditure in Donegal and across the country announced by this Government last November.  Overall the Government should at least maintain capital expenditure at 2011 levels.  Even with their new stimulus programme, they will not achieve this,” said Deputy McConalogue.  DONEGAL LEFT OUT OF THE LOOP AGAIN IN ‘STIMULUS’ – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


Chelsea reject £30m bid from Man City for defender – report

first_imgChelsea have rejected a £30m bid from Manchester City for David Luiz, according to The Sun.City boss Roberto Mancini is keen to sign a defender and is reported to have made an offer for the Brazilian.Luiz missed the Reading win.It is claimed that Luiz was axed from the Blues’ win over Reading while Chelsea and City tried to thrash out a deal.Meanwhile, Liverpool want to sell Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing in order to fund the signing of Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Anfield club are struggling to afford to pay £7.5m for Dempsey so are offering Adam in a part-exchange deal.Everton are reported to be interested in Adam, with the Scotland midfielder apparently reluctant to move to London.The Daily Mail say Fulham are interested in Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.The Holland international only moved to the Italian capital last summer but is said to be available for around £6m.He played for Ajax under Fulham boss Martin Jol, who the Mirror suggest is willing to pay £8m for him.A source is quoted as saying: “Even though Maarten is happy in Italy and is not actively seeking a move, he would relish the chance to work with Jol again and play in the Premier League.“He enjoys the style of attacking football that Jol likes his teams to play, and he knows how much the Fulham coach admires him.“Roma is good for Maarten, but a possible move to England to be reunited with Jol would intrigue him.”The Mail say QPR’s proposed signing of Michael Dawson from Tottenham is in danger of collapsing after they failed to agree personal terms with the defender, so Rangers are likely to target Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.The Sun report that Brighton boss Gus Poyet wants to sign out-of-favour QPR striker Jay Bothroyd.is page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Why Darwin Is Like Yoda, and Darwinism Like Marxism

first_img 1John Vandermeer, “The Importance of a Constructivist View,” Science Volume 303, Number 5657, Issue of 23 Jan 2004, pp. 472-474. Comrade – dialectic – materialism – homage to the Leader – the parallels are too striking to be coincidental.  Is that why Marx found Darwin’s views so supportive of his economic philosophy?  (Incidentally, though the story about Marx dedicating Das Kapital to Darwin may be apocryphal, Marx did send him a signed copy in 1873, writing “Mr. Charles Darwin on the part of his sincere admirer Karl Marx.”  Darwin, in reply, wrote, “ I believe that we both earnestly desire the extension of knowledge & that this in the long run is sure to add to the happiness of mankind.”  100 years and 100 million dead bodies later…     And then you have the prophetic, exalted master, and a mystical force with two sides in eternal competition, permeating the universe.  Darwin himself looked for humans with pointy ears.  He thought they might be ativisms, i.e., evolutionary throwbacks.  Interesting.  The word Vandermeer chooses to speak of Darwin sounds best when uttered in a deep, breathy voice, like Mossstuh.  Lewontin seems to be saying, “I was once the Learnuh, but now I am the Mosstuh.”     If you thought dialectical materialism went out of style when the Berlin wall fell, you can find it alive and well in modern evolutionary biology.  The constructivists assume that evolution proceeds by the interplay of adaptation and feedback from the environment in a Hegelian way, but Vandermeer has unwittingly hit on a troubling fact.  What if the vectors of thesis and antithesis, or adaptation and environmental constraint, are collinear and opposite?  Nothing happens.  There is no evolution.  Vandermeer has pointed out an “internally generated stop on the general evolutionary process.”  His example is telling.  Natural selection adapts an animal toward utilizing a food source.  The animal gets so good at it that the food source runs out.  Now what?  (For a similar discussion of this often unnoticed “slippage on the evolutionary treadmill,” see the important 03/17/2003 entry.)     For another headline related to Vandermeer’s criticism of the propriety of investigating the evolution of rape, see 07/18/2003.(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Homage for the master is palpable in John Vandermeer’s review (Science, Jan. 23)1 of a thick new book entitled Niche Construction: The Neglected Process in Evolution by Odling-Smee, Laland and Feldman (Princeton, 2004).  Vandermeer seems almost worshipful in his opening lines: The nascent germ of many novel ideas in biology can be traced directly or indirectly to Darwin.  Thus it would probably be unusual if a book with laudatory cover blurbs by such notables as Lord May and Comrade Lewontin did not somehow reach deep into the master’s seed bank. The force of Master Darwin’s insight was only recently brought to full power by subsequent disciples, like Lewontin and Levins.  What is the “neglected process in evolution” indicated by the subtitle?  It is called niche construction or constructivism, the idea that not only does the environment impact the organism, the organism impacts the environment.  This “dialectic” approach produces a sort of Hegelian synthesis-antithesis-synthesis in the operations of evolution: Organisms in one generation can modify their environment, which is then inherited by the next generation.  Just as a sequence of generations of organisms changes through the pattern of intergenerational inheritance, the environment to which they respond likewise changes through ecological inheritance.  The authors’ approach incorporates two constructs of inheritance, genetic and ecological, which are coupled through niche construction and natural selection. Vandermeer honors the work of his comrades, with only a few reservations (not enough to get dismissed from The Party).  One criticism, however, might be exploited by enemies of the revolution.  He suggests that realistic experiments might reveal that the dialectic interplay between natural selection and niche construction does not drive evolution, but instead, steps on the brakes: Consider, for example, an organism evolving increased resource use efficiency.  If the dynamics of the organism and its resource generate a stable equilibrium over ecological time, then evolutionary dynamics will tend to reduce the equilibrium biomass of the resource.  This arrangement is consistent with the niche construction framework.  (The resource biomass is the consumer’s niche; thus, niche construction occurs through resource use while evolutionary change drives increased efficiency in resource use.)  However, the gradual evolution of utilization efficiency requires, implicitly, a relatively predictable regime of resource density.  It is not difficult to construct a dynamic model that generates well-behaved equilibria at low levels of utilization efficiency but chaos at high levels.  Above some critical value of utilization efficiency, the resource is no longer available at predictable densities, which effectively negates the force of selection.  This arrangement would imply an internally generated stop on the general evolutionary process (with niche construction) that derives from the nonlinear dynamics of the ecological model, a conclusion that would be missed with simpler models. In other words, the thesis and antithesis might not lead to a synthesis, but to stasis – or extinction.     He has another criticism of the book: the authors’ “curious position” on the “fundamental problem of gene-culture transition,” i.e., the influence of biology on sociology.  The authors claim, for instance, that “human cultural processes are only possible because of human genetic aptitudes…. For example, …the capacity for language is the result of biological adaptations.”  Vandermeer gently illustrates the problems that leave him “somewhat perplexed” with their thesis, and expands it to a general word of caution: My son loves nature as much as I do.  Yet I doubt that even the most enthusiastic genetic determinist would claim that I transferred that love to him with my genes rather than my parental nurturing.  But I would be first to admit that if he could not understand what I said, I could never have “culturally transmitted” that attitude to him.  If this is all the authors mean, they make a rather trivial point.  The culture-genetic dichotomy in general is rife with confused thinking.  The fact that lactose tolerance is correlated with animal husbandry, arguably a product of gene-culture coevolution, is a far cry from speculations about “rape” genes or genetically determined biophilia.  Critics, past and present, have no problem with lactose and cattle herding, but find certain speculations about more sensitive issues scientifically flawed and politically motivated. Not to end on a note of contradiction, Vandermeer praises the comrades’ fine work, which might just lead to a new five year plan: Attempting to reorganize the field of evolutionary biology certainly requires a work as long as Niche Construction, and any volume so rich with ideas is bound to incur criticism on particular points.  I have offered some here in the spirit of constructive criticism of constructivism.  And although I have more, my complaints do not signify a disagreement with the ringing endorsements by May and Lewontin on the book’s back cover.  With this volume, we may indeed be looking at a major breakthrough. Vandermeer stands in rank with Comrade Lewontin in honoring the venerable gray-bearded Master: “In their now-classic The Dialectical Biologist, Levins and Lewontin noted that Darwin’s major treatise ‘was the culmination and not the origin of nineteenth-century evolutionism.’”  But we must acknowledge the Master’s prophetic powers.  Vandermeer reminds us, “Indeed, the ideas expressed in Niche Construction can be seen in outline form in The Origin….”last_img read more

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The Latest Environmentalist blasts new pesticide guidelines

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Latest on California’s recommended new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.(all times local):11:15 a.m.An environmental group is blasting new recommendations by California regulators to curb a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.The Pesticide Action Network says the state’s recommended rules for chlorpyrifos (klohr-PY’-rih-fohs) are voluntary and have no weight behind them.Spokesman Paul Towers says the state is passing the buck to local officials when it should take the pesticide off the market.The Dow Chemical Co. pesticide currently used on about 60 different crops — including grapes, almonds and oranges — has increasingly come under fire from regulators, lawmakers and courts.The state’s action is a temporary measure while it works to draw up regulations limiting use of the chemical. Those regulations may not be in place for more than two years.___9:31 a.m.California regulators are recommending new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming babies’ brains.The Department of Pesticide Regulation is issuing temporary guidelines Thursday for chlorpyrifos (klohr-PY’-rih-fohs) while it considers long-term regulations.The department is calling for a ban on using the chemical in crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most crops and increasing buffer zones around where it’s applied.The pesticide is currently used on about 60 different crops, including grapes, almonds and oranges.The action comes as the Dow Chemical Co. pesticide is increasingly under fire.A federal appeals court in August ruled the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the pesticide on the market despite extensive evidence showing harm to babies.Hawaii passed legislation in June to ban its use.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fiat Chrysler reaches settlement in emissions cheating cases

first_imgWASHINGTON — Fiat Chrysler will pay a $305 million fine to the U.S. government over emissions cheating allegations.The settlement was announced Thursday by the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.The Italian-American automaker separately agreed to pay $19 million to California. The company will also pay $280 million to settle lawsuits brought by vehicle owners.Authorities say more than 100,00 vehicles were equipped with diesel engines programmed to run pollution controls during lab tests that would turn off under certain conditions on the road.The settlement requires the company to start a recall to repair the Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks made between 2014 and 2016.Fiat Chrysler says it didn’t deliberately install devices to cheat emissions tests. The company didn’t admit wrongdoing in the settlement.Michael Balsamo And Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins cements his place in Ohio State history

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) gets ready for the play during the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAs Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins took the field against Michigan on Saturday, he knew what to expect. He had faced the Wolverines before, leading the Buckeyes to 17 unanswered points and a 31-20 victory in Ann Arbor in 2017. That part of the story is well-documented, laying the groundwork for the beginning of the Haskins era at Ohio State. But head coach Urban Meyer saw something from the then-redshirt freshman a week prior. With a 38-0 lead against Illinois on Nov. 18, 2017, Haskins got the call to come into the game with about six minutes left in the first half. After handing the ball off to then-freshman running back J.K. Dobbins for 12 yards, Haskins dropped back and was sacked for 12 yards. His first drive in the second half was not much better, fumbling the ball and watching Illinois defensive back Ahmari Hayes return it 54 yards for the score.In the middle of the pouring rain, Haskins faced adversity for the first time, something that, in Meyer’s opinion, was vital to his success against Michigan the following week.“He was filling his toolbox,” Meyer said. “Because he certainly would not, in my opinion, would not have been able to do that in the rivalry game last year. And obviously the way he’s been playing, it’s just constant experience and filling the toolbox.” From that moment on, Meyer said Haskins has been “filling his toolbox” consistently, finding his place as starting quarterback at Ohio State.Saturday, in his second Michigan game and his first as the starting quarterback, Haskins showed that his toolbox could be full.Facing the No. 1 pass defense in the country, Haskins completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for 396 yards, tying his career high with six passing touchdowns. He also broke the single-season Big Ten records for touchdown passes (41) and passing yards (4,003). With these numbers brings a level of confidence that the starting quarterback showed after the 62-39 win on Saturday. “I’m not done yet, but I want to be one of the best to ever do it when I get done playing here at this university,” Haskins said. With each pass he throws, each touchdown he scores, Haskins has placed himself, statistically, as one of the best quarterbacks Ohio State has ever had. He holds the Ohio State single-season records for six different categories, including total offense (4,130). He is 142 yards away from breaking former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s Big Ten record set in 2010. One of three wide-receiver captains, redshirt senior Terry McLaurin is considered one of the main vocal leaders for the offense.However, over the course of the season, through what he considered as ups and downs against then-No. 15 TCU and a road win against then-No. 12 Penn State, McLaurin watched as a quarterback with tremendous throwing ability turned into the leader that the position needs.“He has always had the physical talent, never questioned that,” McLaurin said. “But to see him be more vocal and take charge of our offense and our team is what you want to see going down the stretch.”That is one area Haskins said he has most improved on over the course of the season: becoming a leader of the offense and taking the steps that every quarterback needs to in order to be successful, such as knowing protections and picking up blitzes. “I feel like I have gotten better with that every game and gotten all the tools I needed through coaching,” Haskins said. “All the trust I’ve gotten from the players keeps getting better and I think that has shown on the field.”Meyer, who calls the quarterback position one of the most unique in all of sport, said this level of leadership is an obligation. “What he’s asked to do — and coaches aren’t on the field, there’s 10 other guys looking at him every snap,” Meyer said. “You better give the right answer and they better trust and believe in him. And our guys certainly do.” Meyer always refers back to one play against Maryland that defines Haskins’ development. With less than four minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, Ohio State trailed Maryland 38-31. Haskins ended an 11-play, 75-yard drive by taking a snap and pushing himself across the offensive line for his second rushing touchdown of the day. “The Maryland game was one that he dropped his pads and dropped some other things probably, too,” Meyer said. “At the toughest time in the game against, once again, a defense, a very good defense, and got that yard.” But these accomplishments represent more to Haskins than just personal success. To him, it’s the work the offensive line and the receivers have done. It’s the team success, leading the No. 2 pass offense in the country. He knows the records that have been broken were significant and where they have placed him in terms of his place in Ohio State history. Haskins will reflect on that at one point, but not right now. “I can’t take too long on it because there’s another game to play,” Haskins said. “So I probably won’t think about the records or the stats I have broken until after the season.” Haskins still has something to do, something to add to his toolbox: a Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. For Meyer, Haskins is not done proving himself. “Offensive football is a 10-yard war. Win each war,” Meyer said. “And however you get that first down, get the first down. And that’s how we approach it.” read more

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