Dunfanaghy native Nora Duffy was named as one of Ireland’s most inspiring teachers at the Teachers Inspire Ireland gala event at the Helix in Dublin City University (DCU) last night (Friday). Ms. Duffy moved from Donegal to teach at St. Joseph’s Co-Educational National School on the East Wall Road in Dublin in the 1960s. At last night’s event, she scooped the Teachers Inspire Ireland Desmond Award for Leinster, fending off stiff competition from teachers across the province. The President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith; Dr. Anne Looney, Dean of DCU’s Institute of Education; and businessman and philanthropist Dermot Desmond, who generously supported the Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative, made the presentations to the awardees at a gala ceremony hosted by RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.Speaking at the event, the President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “The motivation behind Teachers Inspire was to create a platform that would highlight the work of our exceptional teachers, and give them the validation and recognition they deserve. I am delighted to say that this idea has truly captured the public’s imagination. We have received hundreds of nominations and heard incredible stories of teachers who have gone above and beyond for their students and their communities.” He continued: “The nominations highlighted teachers dealing with issues such as homelessness, mental health, immigration, unplanned pregnancies, gender identity support, community regeneration, and climate change. They were submitted by schoolchildren, parents, and people whose school days are long behind them but who remember their teachers with great fondness and gratitude.“I congratulate Nora, and all the teachers recognised and celebrated at the gala event. Their awards are hugely well deserved.”Dunfanaghy native scoops Teachers Inspire Ireland award was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
A new analysis of gender dysphoria finds causation in brain networks, not genetics or brain biology.In a day when growing numbers of people are questioning the gender of the body they were born in, and demanding laws to protect their chosen gender identity, it is vital to look at the science behind gender dysphoria. Can a person really be born in the wrong body? Is gender simply a matter of choice? Some transgender folks claim they are a man (or woman) born in the body of a woman (or man). If that were true, there should be some biological evidence: genetic, or detectable brain morphology.**Note: we are not discussing rare intersex individuals who actually have biological defects in their chromosomes or were born with ambiguous genitalia. “Transexual” individuals suffer emotional confusion about their gender with no biological basis.Credit: Chip Box, posted on World Magazine.One theory about transgenderism claims it is caused by brain structure: a boy developing a girl-type brain, or vice versa. That theory has been shot down by a study from the Society for Neuroscience, reported by Science Daily:A new theory of gender dysphoria argues the symptoms of the condition are due to changes in network activity, rather than incorrect brain sex, according to work recently published in eNeuro. (Visited 392 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterest Gender dysphoria is a state of extreme distress caused by the feeling that a person’s true gender does not match the gender assigned at birth. The leading theory of the mechanism behind gender dysphoria attributes the condition to people possessing brains regions with the size and shape of the opposite sex, instead of their biological sex. However, recent brain imaging studies don’t support that theory.Stephen Gliske, publishing his theory in eNeuro, believes brain size and shape does not cause gender dysphoria. It’s in the brain networking, which is pliable:He proposes gender dysphoria is caused by altered activity in three networks — the distress, social behavior, and body-ownership networks — affecting distress and one’s sense of their own gender. Previous studies support the premise that activity changes in these networks are associated with anatomical changes and feelings of gender dysphoria.The new theory may disturb those looking to excuse and maintain their dysphoria. But it offers good news for people suffering from unnecessary distress who believe falsely that their brain makes them confused about their gender. “If supported by further research,” the press release says with a bit of hedging, “this theory could offer ways to treat the distress of gender dysphoria patients without relying on invasive and irreversible gender reassignment surgery.”In the paper, Gliske presents his “updated theory of gender dysphoria” with hope that it “may lead to therapies which directly address the underlying biology rather than just the subjective symptoms.” Gliske doesn’t state the following implications, but it seems the least invasive way to correct gender dysphoria is to help individuals to love and accept the gender that matches their biological reality. A healthy society should correct dysphoria with phoria, the ability for both eyes to focus together. Gender dysphoria puts the body and mind out of sync. Does a healthy culture wish to keep people cross-eyed? Like giving drug addicts free needles and drugs, acceptance only prolongs the harm. The loving thing is to help turn dysphoria into eudaimonia, a harmonious integration of mind and body.Standing up for TruthIn their Dec 6 radio broadcast Washington Watch, Family Research Council discussed a recently-discovered document that revealed a strategy by LGBT activists to push the culture toward full acceptance of their lifestyle. Host Sarah Perry interviewed Doug Mainwaring, whose article on LifeSiteNews unveiled a document that shows how they intentionally bypass legislation and the news media to surreptitiously nudge people through NGOs. The rapid success LGBT activists are achieving through these stealth methods makes it seem as if their views are on the “right side of history,” making their critics afraid to speak out.The title alone is alarming: “Only Adults? Good Practices in Legal Gender Recognition for Youth.” Although the slick 64-page document deals with specific practices and tactics that have proved successful for expanding transgender policies and power in a general way, it primarily focuses on how to hand power to children to declare whatever gender they choose while squashing parental authority and concern.Over the years, progressives who seek to fundamentally change society have diligently developed strategies that win. They don’t promote ideas that win on their own merit; in fact, they have had amazing success promoting ideas that most people would normally reject. As this newly published document demonstrates, LGBT activists rely on stealth, behind-the-scenes efforts that do an end run around public discourse and legislative processes, resulting in new laws, new regulations, and the untenable demands of the “woke” culture that are increasingly overtaking government at every level.In some cases, LGBT activists have turned to violence (WND, WND) using intimidation to make those with traditional views afraid to speak their minds. So thoroughly has the LGBT lobby brainwashed the culture about the normality of these “dysphoria” (anxiety) conditions, many normal people are afraid to state what used to be patently obvious: each of the letters in the LGBT acronym represent abnormal states of mind and behavior. That doesn’t imply that the dysphoric should be persecuted any more than drug addicts or sex addicts should be, but the proper solution cannot be to deny the truth. Academic institutions are succumbing to the pressure, not wanting to be perceived as falling behind (Phys.org).Even some Christians are compromising the clear teaching of Scripture, afraid to be judged as “homophobes” – a label often a precursor to loss of a job, funding, or even the ability to voice an opinion. A few retain the boldness to avoid being dragged along with the culture; see Erik Rush on WND, and notice how scary it sounds these days to state the obvious. Mike Brown on WND deals with strategies for pastors and businesses when faced by threats to compromise with the culture’s growing intolerance of traditional morality and biological facts.The biological family is the foundation of a healthy society.An important recent book by Nancy Pearcey, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality, analyzes the morass of sexual and political problems that sprang from “social contract” theory – the ideas of Rousseau and other Enlightenment philosophers who, by declaring independence from God as Creator, renounced the biological bases of sex, gender and marriage that people had lived by for millennia. Pearcey explains why a neo-Gnostic “two-story” philosophy that separated the body below from the self above has opened a Pandora’s box of personal and political disasters that are currently destroying marriage itself, and sending masses of people into confusion and distress in opposition to their created biological nature. The consequences of rejection of God’s order as taught in Genesis, Pearcey shows, include loss of freedom for all families. For instance, if biologically unrelated men or women can be granted parenting rights in a same-sex union, then government becomes the arbiter of who gets those rights, and who can be deprived of parenting rights. This puts all children at risk, and gives more power to civil government. In Genesis, those rights are God-given, based in our biological nature and the plan of God for marriage and family. The exceptions where biological parents are unable to fulfill their roles do not undermine the rule. Government can help in those situations, but marriage and parenting rights preceded government. They are human rights, part of the “unalienable rights” from our Creator.Well-written, honest and sensitive, without being judgmental, Pearcey’s eye-opening and well-documented book explores divorce, the hook-up culture, the collapse of marriage, homosexuality, transgenderism and gender dysphoria. Readers may become distressed at reading about these catastrophic consequences of rejecting God’s Word that are happening now with increasing intensity. But it’s the only way to understand what is going on, how society got to this messy condition, and what the solution must be. Marriage makes perfect sense biologically and morally when seen as a covenant, not a social contract, that involves not just the self but the community of relatives and children that result from a heterosexual union, creating relationships for the good of society. Throughout the book, Pearcey gives a positive message that God created sex and gender for our good. She shows why our greatest happiness will come from being what we were created to be.Everything created by God is good (I Timothy 4:4). Photo by DFC from AiG Creation Museum.
Ray Maota Police officers have been urged to retaintheir physique. National Commissioner of Police Bheki Celeand other top officials have given out theirmobile phone numbers as part of thepolice’s community safety initiative.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zweli MnisiChief Director: Communications/Spokesperson Ministry of Police+27 12 393 4341 / +27 21 467 7007South Africa’s National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele has made it easier for South Africans to report crime by giving out his personal mobile phone number and encouraging other top officials to do the same.Cele announced his number at a recent community meeting in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, and called on his colleagues present to follow his example.This was aimed at improving the public’s communication with police and promoting community safety.Zweli Mnisi, media liaison officer for the Ministry of Police, said: “We are in the process of printing out a national directory so all citizens will have access to the numbers of generals and other officials.”There have been talks of introducing a new nation-wide emergency number for crime reporting, but this idea has been put on hold to investigate alternative solutions.According to the Electronic Communications Act, 112 will be the new number to dial in case of a public emergency – and calls to it will be free from fixed lines and mobile phones. Operators will be able to direct the complaint to the local authorities where the call was made.The new number was proposed due to reported difficulties in reaching the police call centre on 10 111, which is the existing emergency line.In Soshanguve there have been complaints that calls to 10 111 are not being answered and there’s no follow up once a crime is reported to that number.Although there are problems with the 10 111 call centre, Mnisi said the number “is still effective in some cases”.“But there’s a combination of various issues. We’re constantly working on efficiency by training officers and making sure they’re equipped to deal with the calls – but sometimes there’s no passion and commitment from the police officers.”Mnisi added that the high incidence of prank calls to 10 111 also caused difficulties.John Moodey, Democratic Alliance leader in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and deputy spokesperson on community safety, said a new nation-wide emergency number was a good idea.He added that “direct communication with police officers has also proven to be useful”.Moodey pointed out that there were, however, some drawbacks of using the 112 detail. “The number will work if you have a problem at your home or place of work in the area, but what happens when you’re travelling between two districts or are just not in your area?”Crime-reporting process forBy dialling 10 111, South Africans are put through to a 24-hour crime-reporting call centre.An operator takes down all the details from the caller and a reference number is given to the person as proof of having called. All conversations are recorded for accountability.A vehicle from the nearest police station is then dispatched to the scene. The Flying Squad is called in to respond to high-priority cases that need to be reached quickly.Calls to the centre are free from a fixed line, but are charged at regular mobile phone rates when the latter is used.“An internal review of the performance of 10 111 has been done. Part of the issue is that call centre agents don’t know how to appropriately classify the cases being reported, so we are refining our recruitment,” Mnisi said.No-nonsense approachGeneral Bheki Cele was appointed police commissioner in July 2009, replacing Jackie Selebi.He soon became known for his no-nonsense approach to crime and declaring war on criminals.He was previously the MEC for Transport, Safety and Security in KwaZulu-Natal.Since his appointment, Cele has emphasised the need for police officers to be fit and in shape to fight crime effectively. He’s also vowed to fight corruption within the ranks of the police.“If you are wearing a size 32 uniform today, it must stay that way for the next seven years – don’t come back in two years time and ask for a size 34,” he said.
Roger Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in his quest of conquering a record eighth Wimbledon title.Cilic, on the other hand, is playing his first Wimbledon final and will be looking to notch up only his second Grand Slam victory.Along with chasing his eight title at the All England Club, Federer will also be aiming to become the oldest player to win the Wimbledon in the Open Era. If Federer manages to win on Sunday, he will rise to world No. 3 in the ATP rankings, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal but if Cilic wins, he will go above Federer to capture the fifth spot, his first time in the top-5.Federer and Cilic have both had a dominating and strong campaign and while the Swiss has not yet dropped a single set, Cilic has fought off tough challenges from Nadal-conqueror Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey on his road to the final.Federer leads the head-to-head record 6-1 against Cilic and the Wimbledon men’s singles final will be only their fourth Grand Slam meeting. Of these four meetings, Cilic has beaten Federer only once when he went on to win the US Open in 2014.Federer and Cilic faced off just last year at Wimbledon where Federer staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to outlast Cilic.This Wimbledon, the statistics for both the finalists have been as follows.Image Credit: APGoing by the statistics, Cilic clearly possesses big serves but Federer has fended off a similar challenge before against Milos Raonic, who is also known for his big serves.advertisementOn the other hand, Cilic is guilty of more double faults than Federer and the Swiss remains way ahead in terms of his saved break points. Federer has shown exceptional resilience; Including the break points he saved in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych where he shot four straight aces to save two break points and win the game.In all the other areas, Cilic is neck-and-neck with Federer but the seven-time Wimbledon champion may come fresher into the final considering he has spent 4 hours and 72 minutes less on court than the Croatian.Federer has reached the final winning each of his last seven games in straight sets whereas Cilic dropped two against Gilles Muller in the quarter-final and one against Sam Querrey in the semi-final. ROUNDS ROGER FEDERER MARIN CILICFIRST beat A. Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 beat P. Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3SECOND beat D. Lajovic 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 beat F. Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 7-5THIRD beat M. Zverev 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 beat S. Johnson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4FOURTH beat G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 beat R. Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2QUARTERS beat M. Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 beat G. Muller 3-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1SEMIS beat T. Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 beat S. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5Federer and Cilic’ last Wimbledon meeting ended with Federer winning 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and the Swiss maestro will look to pull off another win, albiet in an easier manner, to win his fifth title and second Grand Slam of the year 2017.
Jammu, Oct 10 (PTI) Over 450 people have been arrested for drug trafficking in Jammu province till August this year under measures taken to curb the growing menace, Inspector General of Police S D Singh Jamwal said.A large haul of narcotic substances, including charas, brown sugar and heroine, were seized during the drive which is going on in full strength in the area, Jamwal told PTI.He said 379 cases were registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act during the same period. The number of such cases registered in 2016 was 377 and in 2015 was 275.Among these 379 cases this year, the charge sheet has been filed in 210 cases. 168 cases are still under investigation and one case has not admitted, Jamwal said.”A total of 453 persons were arrested under the NDPS Act till August end against 511 in 2016 and 307 in 2015,” he said.During the same period, 568.94 kg of marijuana was seized, five times more than the seizure made during this period last year. The quantity of charas recovered in 2015 was 24.3 kg which reached 107 kg in 2016.The seized poppy straw recorded a remarkable increase at 5610 kg, which was 3268 kg in 2016 and 1846 kg in 2015, Jamwal said.There was a significant drop in the amount of brown sugar seized. Last year, 13.1 kg was seized and it came down to 1.306 kg. In 2015, police had seized 4.4 kg of brown sugar till August.Similarly, 39.315 kg heroin was seized till August this year against 64.143 kg in 2016 and 14.953 kg in 2015 for the same period.The other recoveries made from the arrested persons, included smack, opium, ganja and banned capsules and tablets, he said.advertisementJamwal said the police has taken a number of measures to curb drug menace in the province and was planning to acquire 1.5 acres of land at Samba district to construct a state-of- the-art drug de-addiction centre.A drug de-addiction centre has already been established at Gulshan ground here and in Kathua, Rajouri and Udhampur, he said.”A number of youth clubs have also been established across Jammu region under civic action programme to engage youths in sports activities to divert their attention from drugs,” he said.The police is patrolling around educational institutions to check drug use.Anti-drug drives are also launched frequently with the participation of students from schools and colleges along with social organisations to ensure public cooperation with law enforcing agencies.The police is also organising meetings with the civil society at district and tehsil headquarters regularly. PTI TAS NKS AAR
The National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) will be conducting an awareness session and workshop to highlight changes and revisions made to environmental requirement standards under which companies, manufacturers and exporters must operate.The session, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, at the Bureau of Standards, 6 Winchester Road, Kingston, will specifically address the International Standardization Organization/International Electrotechnical Commission(ISO/IEC) 17021-2 Competence Requirements and the revision made to the ISO 14001:2015 Standard.Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, explained that the event will target ISO 14001 certified company representatives, environmental expert advisors and practitioners, technical experts, exporters, project managers and environmental management system auditors, who have to conform to these standards.She pointed out that the revision to the ISO 14001 will come into effect 2015 therefore, persons need to become familiar with the terms and conditions of the amended requirements.Turning to the ISO/IEC 17021-2 Competence Requirements, Mrs. Scott-Brown explained that this is an upgrade to the standard for auditing and certification of the environmental management system.“The requirement standards have been revised to make it easier for companies to better understand the underlying principles in relation to the environment such as waste management control, energy use and pollution prevention,” she noted.She urged persons to ensure that their activities, products, services, location and method of distribution reflect the new changes as this can allow them to expand their market reach and become globally competitive.The mandate of the NCBJ is to provide affordable certification to small, medium and large organizations in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.It actively promotes the international certification of management systems among Jamaican small and medium firms in particular, with the objective of these entities gaining international acceptance and quality standards.For more information on the upcoming session and the work of the NCBJ, persons may call 619-1131, 632-4275 or send email to: email@example.com.Contact: Kadian Brown
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 16 2019A six-week transition period did not help wearers adjust to “maximal” running shoes, indicating that increased impact forces and loading rates caused by the shoe design do not change over time, a new study from Oregon State University – Cascades has found.The shoes, which feature increased cushioning, particularly in the forefoot region of the midsole, affect runners’ biomechanics, leaving them at increased risk of injury, said Christine Pollard, director of the Bend campus’s Functional Orthopedic Research Center of Excellence (FORCE) Lab and a co-author of the study.”These shoes may work for certain people, but right now we just don’t know who they are good for,” said Pollard, an associate professor of kinesiology at OSU-Cascades. “The findings suggest that people aren’t really changing the way they run in the shoes, even after a six-week transition, potentially leaving them at increased risk of injury.”The study was published recently in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The lead author is J.J. Hannigan, a post-doctoral researcher in the FORCE Lab.Maximal shoes have been growing in popularity since being introduced in 2010. More than 20 varieties of maximal shoes are on the market, but little research has been conducted on the shoes to understand their effect on running biomechanics. Controlled studies, like the research at the FORCE Lab, help clinicians make science-based recommendations to runners.Researchers in the FORCE Lab previously conducted a study of people running in the shoes before and after a 5K treadmill run; the findings from that study suggested that the maximal shoes may increase impact force and loading rates, which indicate a greater risk of injury.The new study was designed to build on the previous research and see how a six-week transition to the maximal shoe might affect runners’ biomechanics.”We wanted to look beyond any novelty effect the shoe might have,” Pollard said. “It’s a very new area and we have a lot of work to do to understand how these shoes affect running mechanics.”Related StoriesSenate panel makes surprisingly fast work of ‘surprise medical bills’ packageExtremely strenuous exercise can overload the heart without increasing cardiac riskChildren living in the countryside have better motor skills than their peers in metropolitan areaThe researchers studied 20 runners, a mix of men and women, between the ages of 18 and 45, who ran at least 15 miles a week. The runners participated in two biomechanical testing sessions in the lab, each session about six weeks apart. They completed a series of running trials wearing maximal shoes and also wearing traditional running shoes.After the first testing session, the runners received a maximal shoe transition schedule to follow. They continued their regular running mileage but gradually increased the percent of their mileage run in the maximal shoe over the six-week period, with the last two weeks only in the maximal shoes.The results showed there were no changes in running mechanics over time in either type of shoes. The study did show increased impact forces and loading rates in the maximal shoe, supporting results of the earlier study. There was no difference in those biomechanics after the transition to the maximal shoes.”The concern in the maximal shoes is that you have this mass you’re repeatedly loading. How are you attenuating that?” Pollard said. “We also saw changes in ankle kinematics, or the angular movement in the joints. With the maximal shoes we saw prolonged eversion, which likely increases stress on the legs and could lead to injury.”More research is needed to understand how maximal shoes affect biomechanics, Pollard said. For now, runners and clinicians who work with runners should be cauti”We really don’t know enough to be recommending them,” said Pollard, who also is a licensed physical therapist. “If someone is going to try them out, I would suggest they try them out on a treadmill at a running store to see how they feel. How they feel then is how they’ll feel in six weeks.” Source:https://oregonstate.edu/
3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersThe three Congress legislators who were made ministers are Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, and Filipe Nery Rodrigues.advertisement Asian News International Panaji (Goa)July 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 16:18 IST Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs in Goa, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar (in pic), switched to the BJP on Wednesday. (Photo: ANI)Four legislators, including three Congress defectors, on Saturday took oath as ministers in Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led BJP government here.The three Congress legislators who were made ministers are Chandrakant Kavelkar, Jennifer Monserrate, and Filipe Nery Rodrigues.This comes soon after four ministers — Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sardesai, Rohan Khaunte, Vinod Paliencar, and Jayesh Salongakar were sacked from the ministry to accommodate the Congress MLAs who defected to the BJP.BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who resigned from the post of Deputy Speaker, also joined the government as a minister.Earlier, Sawant had sought the resignation of four of his ministers — three of Goa Forward Party and an independent, but they refused.Speaker Rajesh Patnekar has said that the Assembly will function as the per schedule.”Though new ministers have been inducted, the Assembly will go on as per the schedule. The new ministers will have to study their portfolios while answering questions on the floor of the House.””As far as I am concerned, there is no rescheduling of the Assembly and the Congress party will have to give the name of Leader of Opposition by Monday,” Patnekar told ANI.On the night of July 10, Chief Minister Sawant had gone to Delhi along with 10 MLAs to meet senior BJP leaders including working president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the development.Following this, the rebel MLAs joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.With 10 MLAs changing the sides, the strength of Congress on the floor of the House has been reduced to five.The MLAs who defected include Kavlekar, Isidore Fernandes, Francis Silveira, Filipe Neri Rodrigues, Jennifer, Atanasio Monserrate, Antonio Fernandes, Nilakanth Halarnkar, Clafacio Dias and Wilfred D’Sa.ALSO READ | Hours before Goa Cabinet reshuffle, CM Pramod Sawant drops four ministersALSO WATCH | JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Tags :Follow Goa Next