Teacher arrested, released on $100,000 bail

first_img…denies charges of sexual grooming, sexual assault and rapePolice on Saturday arrested Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson at his Pollydore Street, Lodge home and charged him for sexual grooming, sexual assault, and rape allegedly committed on a former student.He has denied the allegations, but has been placed on $100,000 station bail and has been made to surrender his passport.He is expected to be arraigned in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today (Monday).Jackson is being accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher, grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 — the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but has admitted to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s.The Police claim that between December 2010 and May 2011, at Durban Street, Lodge, Jackson raped one of his students.The Ministry of Education launched a full-fledged investigation into the allegations, and upon completion of that exercise, authorised the Police to begin conducting a criminal investigation of the allegation.The Police investigation has resulted in Jackson being charged for one count of rape. However, the Police say their investigation is still ongoing, as they are still investigating other allegations against the teacher of over 20 years.It was the Ministry of Social Cohesion’s Cultural Advisor who broke the news of Jackson’s alleged sexual misconduct on social media, and that story has since resulted in a number of past students relating their experiences.The Cultural Advisor, in a letter to the Chief Education Officer, detailed numerous reports he had received from current and past students of this teacher, who allegedly sexualized his lessons, had inappropriate conversations with female students, and engaged in multiple sexual relationships with female students.last_img read more

DONEGAL PROFESSOR CHALLENGES MINISTER TO TAKE A BUS RIDE OVER MAMORE GAP

first_imgA Donegal-born professor is lobbying Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan over her Department’s handling of the school bus service in Urris on the Inishowen Peninsula.The Curadmir at Mamore Gap.Professor of Industrial Relations Jimmy Donaghey has written a strongly-worded letter to the Minister in which he says he is shocked and saddened by the Department of Education’s stance on the issue.And he challenges Minister O’Sullivan to take a ride in a 52 seater, tenth year old bus over the Mamore Gap! This is his letter in full which he has also sent to Donegal Daily. Dear Minister O’Sullivan,I am shocked and saddened to hear about the way in which the government is completely disregarding the needs and wishes of the people of Urris, Clonmany, Co.Donegal. Though now working in England, I am a native of Urris and frequently visit Urris. As you will know, parents of people from Urris are being given the choice of paying up to €650 to send their children to Carndonagh Community School or else send their children to School in Buncrana through the treacherous route over Mamore Gap. The route is completely inappropriate for bussing students to school- one side of the Gap is a corkscrew route, the other side is a 2km, steep gradient drop, only passable by cars going one way at a time. At Christmas when I was at home visiting my mother, a native of Urris who was married and living on the other side of the gap in Desertegney died and all the people from Urris attending the funeral had to go the longer route through Clonmany as the Gap was impassable due to frost. Many natives of Urris never use the road due to its nature. Are you prepared to risk the safety of school children going over a mountain road like this during winter? If an accident occurs, will you be willing to take responsibility for the welfare of these students? If this route is not used, then Carndonagh is much closer than Buncrana.However, this is not just a problem for the people of Urris but demonstrates a threat to life in rural Ireland being posed by the current government. Urris is one of the most economically deprived rural areas in Ireland. Historically, lower numbers from Urris go onto University than from local towns like Clonmany, Carndonagh and Moville. I realise you came from a different social background and attended a fee paying school, but as someone who completely depended on state support to go to School, I believe it is the duty of the Minister for Education and Skills to facilitate the education of people from economically deprived areas, rather than placing hurdles in their path. I ask you to stop this nonsense and stop the anxiety your Department’s actions are causing for the parents and children of Urris. As Minister for Education and Skills, the buck stops with you. To blame Bus Eireann is nonsensical and hiding behind the cloak of bureaucracy: Dysfunctional bureaucracy is the fault of the ultimate designer, not the implementer. As a final point, if you refuse to stop this nonsense, you owe the people of Urris one thing- you should come to Urris with other government TDs and Senators and go over and back Mamore gap in a 52 seater coach of at least twenty years old to show that you believe the route is safe for the children of Urris.RegardsJimmy DonagheyProfessor of Industrial Relations,University of Warwick, CoventryCV4 7ALStudent of Carndonagh Community School, 1989-1994DONEGAL PROFESSOR CHALLENGES MINISTER TO TAKE A BUS RIDE OVER MAMORE GAP was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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:InishowenMamore gapprofessorlast_img read more

Man appears in court charged with breaking into churches

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with breaking into a number of churches.Nathan Coughlan, aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court after he raided churches in both Counties Leitrim and Donegal. The court heard that Coughlan, of Armada Cottages, Bundoran, broke into both St Osnat’s Church in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on February 26th last and stole €38 worth of property belonging to Fr Oliver Crilly.He is also charged with breaking into St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe in Co Donegal on March 31st last.He is charged with stealing three padlocks and also a candle holder worth €16.When charged Coughlan replied, “Sorry that it happened.”He was also charged with breaking into Mac’s Amusement Arcade in Bundoran on March 11th as well as a number of motoring offences.Garda Sgt Jim Collings said he was not objecting to bail but asked the accused to sign on three times each week at Bundoran Garda station and provide a mobile phone number.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until May 3rd in Ballyshannon.Man appears in court charged with breaking into churches was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarychurchesdonegalNathan Coughlanlast_img read more

Man Is Man and Ape Is Ape: The Gulf Widens

first_imgNow that “human ancestors” from 300,000 years ago show comparable mental acuity to ours, the gradual upward slope to man looks more like a cliff.Neanderthal chieftan:  The big news from Clive Finlayson’s team this week is that Neanderthal cave sites have feathers – not just by chance, but by design.  The BBC News said that the cave’s inhabitants used feathers as “personal ornaments,” indicating that “Neanderthal thinking ability was similar to our own”  (see original open-access paper by Finlayson et al., “Birds of a Feather: Neanderthal Exploitation of Raptors and Corvids,” PLoS ONE 7(9): e45927. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045927).  “The earliest observation of this behaviour in Gibraltar preceded the arrival of Modern Humans in Europe by several thousand years,” they said; “There is therefore no possibility that the practice was acquired from Modern Humans.”Many modern human groups, such as American Indians, have used feathers for decoration, rank, or status.  It’s an “exclusively human trait.”  The practice presupposes a mental appreciation for the beauty of feathers as well as the ability to obtain them in the first place.  Paleoanthropologists have assumed, based on the lack of cave paintings, beads and figurines at Neanderthal sites, that they had no appreciation for art. Finlayson’s team inspected nearly 1700 sites for evidence, and found numerous bird bones from which the Neanderthals apparently extracted feathers for decoration.  These findings fly in the face of “The prevailing paradigm among Palaeolithic archaeologists today,” they said – the notion that birds were too hard for dumb Neanderthals to catch:The large number of bones, the variety of species processed and the different temporal periods when the behaviour is observed, indicate that this was a systematic, geographically and temporally broad, activity that the Neanderthals undertook. Our results, providing clear evidence that Neanderthal cognitive capacities were comparable to those of Modern Humans, constitute a major advance in the study of human evolution.Retreat might be a better word.  The BBC News article shows an early 20th century drawing of a stooped over, hairy, ape-like Neanderthal with the caption, “Our views of Neanderthals have come a long way since this representation was painted in 1909.”  But again, this is a retreat “a long way” back to the prior paradigm: namely, that humans have always been uniquely endowed with reason and aesthetics, unlike the apes from which Darwinians believe humans evolved.Finlayson thinks this find is just the tip of the iceberg.  “It is showing that Neanderthals simply expressed themselves in media other than cave walls. The last bastion of defence in favour of our superiority was cognition,” he said; now, despite their differences, it must be acknowledged that “their processes of thinking were obviously very similar” to ours.We have shown that Neanderthals were associated with raptors and corvids of particular characteristics (dark remiges, scavenging or colonial cliff nesters) across the entire geographical space of the Palearctic and they directly processed their bones for their feathers. In this respect they were distinctly human. The absence of parietal art in caves occupied by Neanderthals, and also of bone and shell ornaments, is a key argument cited in support of the superior cognitive capacities of Modern Humans. Our results put this long-standing contention in doubt, by providing strong evidence that Neanderthals simply used media, other than cave walls, to express themselves.The point of the spear:  Another indication of mental acuity is the ability to fashion materials for organized hunting.  Who would have expected to find modern-looking spear points in coal dated 300,000 years old?  That’s what has been described in a press release from the University of Tübingen – the “oldest known weapons anywhere” – indicating that the designers were skilled hunters.  These were not flaked rocks for cutting up dead animals, but rather designed instruments for hunting live prey.  “Tools preserved in lignite show capacity for abstract thought, Tübingen researchers say.”What’s also interesting about the discovery is the site: a coal mine that till recently was soaked in water:The bones of large mammals – elephants, rhinoceroses, horses and lions – as well as the remains of amphibians, reptiles, shells and even beetles have been preserved in the brown coal. Pines, firs, and black alder trees are preserved complete with pine cones, as have the leaves, pollen and seeds of surrounding flora. Until the mining started 30 years ago, these finds were below the water table. The archeologists say they are now carrying out “underwater archaeology without the water.”More finds are expected from this extraordinary site in north-central Germany.  Already, they have found “a water buffalo in the context of human habitation, an almost completely preserved aurochs (one of the oldest in central Europe), and several concentrations of stone artifacts, bones and wood.”  The press release did not explain how any of these artifacts could be so well preserved in the presence of water for 300,000 years.Now, the evolutionary tale:  How are evolutionists going to explain the abrupt appearance of human traits farther back than they previously thought possible?  One theory appeared on the BBC News: a highly speculative idea by veteran paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall that harks back to old social-Darwinian notions of advance through conflict.  “Conflict and ‘boom-bust’ explain humans’ rapid evolution,” the headline blared.  Tattersall knows that recent findings are problematic.  Speaking at a conference at Gibraltar, he said,“However you slice it, evolution within this [human family] has been very rapid indeed,” Prof Tatersall, from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, told the conference.  “I think it’s fair to say that our species Homo sapiens and its antecedents have come much farther, much faster than any other mammalian group that has been documented in this very tight time-frame.”  This phenomenon of accelerated evolution is known as “tachytely“.Giving something a name, though, is not the same as explaining it.  It’s hard to convince doubters that mere inter-group conflict, and coming down out of the trees, could “drive” human evolution at such a rapid pace.  If that were a law of nature, it would seem many other animals would have evolved bigger brains, art and cognition by now.  It also begs the question of who was the driver: was changing habitat and starting conflicts a cause or effect of cognitive ability?   Apparently someone at the conference thought about that.  “At the conference, Richard Wrangham from Harvard University offered an alternative view, questioning the role of conflict as a driver. He pointed out that human hunter-gatherers had similar rates of inter-group aggression to chimpanzees.”In PLoS ONE, “The Pace of Cultural Evolution,” (7(9): e45150. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045150), Charles Perreault of the Santa Fe Institute argued that cultural evolution is faster than biological evolution “because of its Lamarckian nature and because cultural information is transmitted through different routes than genetic information.”  He compared rates of biological evolution with archaeological data.  His hypothesis, however, reasons in a circle: it assumes evolution to establish evolution.  It also begs the question of when the light of cognition turned on.  What, furthermore, was the source of genetic information and cultural information?  His ideas, thereby, would never convince a Darwin skeptic, who might point to the very evidence by Finlayson and the University of Tübingen cited above to argue that the evidence shows – in contrast to what evolutionists believed and taught for decades – that humans have always been humans, and apes apes.We need evolutionary paleoanthropologists like ambassadors need terrorists.  Don’t let them near the dynamite of scientific explanation.  They keep setting it off in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Explanation is powerful but dangerous.  It needs intelligent design for proper application.  It needs a real mind – not an evolved ape brain hit by cosmic rays – to understand the risks.  And it needs real morality – not game theory – to use the power for good and not harm.  Evolutionary anthropologists never catch on that their Darwinian explanation is like a suicide vest.  It destroys their own mind while flinging mental shrapnel around the classroom, the civilization, and the world. 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China Celebrates Non-Discovery of Dark Matter

first_imgA huge dark matter detector in China celebrated the publication of its first results: nothing.You have to dig down into an article on PhysOrg to find out what happened.  Featuring a big photo of the Chinese report about the initial findings from Panda-X, the country’s dark matter detector, the article buried the results near the bottom.  For 12 paragraphs, the article talks about how big and wonderful the detector is:PandaX is the first dark matter experiment in China that deploys more than one hundred kilograms of xenon as a detector; the project is designed to monitor potential collisions between xenon nucleons and weakly interactive massive particles, hypothesized candidates for dark matter.This is followed by a discussion of theories about dark matter, and why weakly interactive massive particles (WIMPs) are prime candidates.  Late in the article, after the reader has learned more than he or she may care to know about China’s entry into the world-wide search, and what methods different detectors use, comes the answer to the most interesting question, “What did they find?”No dark matter signal was observed in the first PandaX-I run, which places strong constraints on all previously reported dark matter-like signals from other similar types of experiments.The PandaX experiment to date has collected about 4 million raw events; only about ten thousand events fell into the energy region of interest for dark matter. In the quiet central part of the xenon target only 46 events were observed.However, the data from these 46 events was consistent with signals marking background radiation, not dark matter.Too bad.  All that work for nothing.  Again.  “The scale of the PandaX-I experiment is second only to that of LUX, which is currently the planet’s largest dark matter experiment and is located in a South Dakota mine in the US.”  America celebrated LUX’s non-detection of dark matter last year (see 10/30/13).  Which country wants to be next?The subdued placement of the results was not lost on readers, who left a lively trail of comments after the article.Update 10/09/14:  XMASS in October!  The Kavli Foundation’s experiment published results of its search for warm WIMPs:XMASS is a cryogenic detector using about 1 ton of liquid xenon as the target material. Using 165.9 days of data, a significant excess above the background is not observed in the fiducial mass of 41 kg. The absence of such a signal excludes the possibility that bosonic super-WIMPs constitute all dark matter in the universe.Once again, the non-detection was buried near the end of the article after a lot of hype about the instrument.OK, cosmologists, put up or shut up.  Where is it?  Don’t WIMP out on us after years of hype.What will cosmologists do if observations deprive them of their favorite snake oil?  If dark matter and dark energy turn out to be phantoms of their imaginations, how will anybody ever trust them again?  These dark things are supposed to represent 96% of reality!What does that imply about secular science’s grasp on reality? (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Maths, literacy targets set for 2011

first_img5 December 2008 Source: BuaNews The efforts form part of the Foundation for Learning campaign, launched by Education Minister Naledi Pandor in March this year, which focuses on offering quality teaching and learning from grade one through grade six. The interventions included CCTV systems to monitor access and behaviour, the Hlayiseka programme to assist with the management of school safety, exploring humanitarian law to develop social awareness and civic responsibility, youth camps to instil positive values, example of a code of conduct to support extra curricular activities, while at the same time addressing life skills. The marking is scheduled to be complete by 11 December 2008, individual results will be released to all schools on the 29 December and Education Minister Naledi Pandor will officially release them on 30 December. In bid to ensure that the average learner obtains a 50% mark for mathematics and literacy by 2011, the Department of Education is taking steps to ensure that classrooms are adequately resourced and that teachers teach effectively and assess learner performance regularly. With the NSC, there are no longer higher grades and standard grades; only one grade of examination paper is set, and all learners must choose either mathematics or mathematical literacy. All learners also have to take Life Orientation, which is assessed internally. “The interventions also include sport for development to create sustainable extra curricular activities, while at the same time addressing life skills and legislation for drug testing to enable schools to test learners where reasonable suspicion exists,” the department said. National Curriculum Statement Hindle said 593 000 learners sat for this year’s exams, 28 225 more than 2007, with a number of them opting for the toughest subjects. Hindle said during 2009, the department would focus on monitoring the implementation and impact of the various school safety interventions, and provide support to teachers to facilitate effective discipline and behaviour management in the classroom. “Each school must ensure that every teacher has at least the basic minimum resources in the classroom as listed in the government gazette of 14 March 2008, [and] schools will put the core task of teaching at the centre stage, and all teachers are expected to be in their classes teaching planned lessons during contact time,” Education department director-general Duncan Hindle said in Pretoria this week. “The department reported that several interventions, which have been put in place to address the incidence of crime and violence at schools impacted positively on the incidence of crime, violence and vandalism in schools with some schools reporting change behaviour among the learners intervention,” he said. This year was the first time that all grade 12 learners in public schools wrote the same examinations, which are set on the new curriculum known as the National Curriculum Statement (NSC). Safety in schoolslast_img read more

Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Adam Silver expects NBA players to continue standing for the national anthem.Not only because it’s a league rule, but because they are aware of what it means in what the commissioner believes is a divided America.“Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem,” Silver said Thursday. “And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gervacio mends fences with Suzara as she returns to Foton in PSL Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He spoke following the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings, during which owners passed rules designed to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on purpose to improve their draft position.Under the new draft lottery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 percent odds to land the No. 1 pick when the changes are implemented with the 2019 draft.The team with the worst record previously had 25 percent odds to win the lottery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now that team call tumble all the way to fifth.The lottery changes were to discourage tanking, the practice of losing games on purpose in an effort to improve draft odds. The Philadelphia 76ers relied on the tactic heavily in recent years and the league felt it needed to step in and urge teams to always be competitive.Silver felt teams had even begun feeling pressure to use the strategy of fielding poor squads and building through the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.He wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem — but to do it while standing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem,” he said.Silver didn’t say what would happen if any players refuse to stand, adding: “If that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I felt it was corrosive to this league,” he said.The second-worst team has a 19.9 percent to win the lottery and the third seed a 15.6 percent chance under the current format that will remain through next June’s draft.The board voted to allow Silver to fine teams who violate the league’s new guidelines about resting players. Teams can’t sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games, and fines for violating that can be for at least $100,000.The rules also say that unless there are unusual circumstances, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players when playing on the road.The league office had long resisted getting involved in coaches’ decisions about resting players. But with its national TV partners paying the league billions, Silver felt he had to act after LeBron James and stars from the Golden State Warriors sat out nationally televised games last season.“It’s not a position we want the league to be in,” Silver said. “It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community.”The board also talked about current events, meeting less than a week after President Donald Trump opted against inviting the Warriors to the White House after All-Star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go.Trump had criticized NFL players for their anthem protests in a speech the night before, and hundreds responded in games Sunday and Monday by kneeling during the anthem.Silver thinks NBA players have other opportunities, either by continuing their community service efforts or through the media, to make their voices heard.“I’m hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role there,” Silver said. 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10 months ago​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former club

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former clubby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will return to his former club Newcastle on Saturday.”I hope when a player goes back to his previous club he wants to show something more,” said Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, whose team are currently bottom of the Premier League. “I hope everything for Aleksandar, believe me, I pray.”Aleksandar in Newcastle didn’t do a very good job because when a player comes from another country it’s not easy to adapt immediately to English football.”But in Fulham he’s adapted very, very well. And I hope he can do a very outstanding match.”I don’t know if they will give a warm welcome to Aleksandar but I hope Aleksandar will make a very good match.” last_img read more

Video: Lee Corso Picks LSU To Beat Alabama By Wearing Tigers Mascot Head With Braces

first_imgLee Corso ahead of the national title game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Lee Corso looks on during the first quarter between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)ESPN College GameDay personality Lee Corso has managed to upset yet another home fan base. Saturday morning, Corso, after playing both LSU’s fight song and Crimson Tide anthem “Sweet Home Alabama”, made his official pick by donning a Tiger mascot head. It featured braces, in honor of running back Leonard Fournette. Pretty clever.Alabama fans weren’t thrilled. If Corso is right, it’s going to be a rough night in Tuscaloosa.last_img