Cleo “Bill” Hammons – Osgood

first_imgCleo “Bill” Hammons, of Osgood, was born on October 6, 1946 in Batesville, a son to Johnie and Myrtle Poindexter Hammons.  He married Myrtle Byrd on February 22, 2018 in Osgood and she survives. Cleo was a United States Army veteran and worked maintenance for many years.  He belonged to the Solid Rock Church in Napoleon, the Versailles American Legion Post #173, and the Coonhunters Association.  On Monday, May 4, 2020 at the age of 73, he passed away at his residence.Those surviving who will cherish Cleo’s memory include his wife, Myrtle Hammons; daughters, Melissa Hammons, and Michelle (Michael) Byrd both of Covington, KY; grandchildren, Cody Monroe and Brooke Heidenreich; one brother, Clarence Hammons of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Orville, John, Rolland, as well as Philip who was killed in Vietnam; sisters, Katherine Fugate, Phoebe Statler, Louise Clark, June Goff, and Juanita Landrum.Family will gather privately at the funeral home and a public graveside service will be held at Adams Church Cemetery, 1100 N Adams Church Road, Batesville, IN 47006, at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020.Please support the family by leaving personal condolences and signing the online guestbook at  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Cleo Hammons.last_img read more

Three in a row for JC – Dawkins’ late show does it again

first_imgDonovan Dawkins scored another late goal to fire defending champions Jamaica College (JC) to a third successive hold on the coveted ISSA-FLOW Olivier Shield, the symbol of all-island schoolboy football supremacy, at the Stadium East field yesterday. Dawkins, who broke the hearts of St George’s College when he found an 89th-minute winner in the recent Manning Cup final, was again the star of the show with a 90th-minute clincher to stun daCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). The goal capped a come-from-behind 2-1 victory for JC, who sealed their 20th hold on the trophy. The STETHS camp was left fuming after the defeat, as they accused the match officials of denying them at least three clear penalties. Dwayne Foster’s 30th strike put STETHS ahead, but the Old Hope Road-based JC rallied in the second-half with goals from Tyrique McGee (50th) and Dawkins. JC coach Miguel Coley admitted they were poor in the first period, but said a firm team talk at half-time and a few adjustments made the difference in the second half. “Football is 90 minutes and more. The first half was difficult. We were down 1-0, but we have shown over the years that we are resilient. We knew STETHS wouldn’t last the entire game, and we got space and hurt them,” he said JC became the first school to win three straight Oliver Shield crowns since Vere Technical won four titles from 1967 to 1970, and Coley was proud of this achievement. FANTASTIC FEAT “It’s a fantastic feat for everyone behind this team … we are the best team (this season). We are an all-round team. We are not the most flashy, but football encompasses everything, and we were the most mental team. We are very organised defensively, and it paid off for us this year,” he added. A set-piece on 30 minutes put the rural champions in front. Foster’s free kick eluded everyone before lodging inside the far post. Five minutes into the second half, a brilliant strike from McGee pulled JC level. Dawkins and Zeron Sewell wasted great two opportunities to give them the lead. They were not to be denied, however, as Ronaldo Brown slipped a pass to Dawkins, who tucked the ball past Jahmali Waite on full time. It was STETHS’ third defeat in their last three Oliver Shield finals (2009, 2013 and 2015). STETHS’ coach Omar Wedderburn was upset as he thought the game was not decided by the players. “It’s a loss that I really feel upset over,” Wedderburn said as he pointed to mistakes made by the match officials.last_img read more

Limits of Science Noted

first_imgBiology used to be simple to classify: plants and animals.  Up to the 1990s, that transmogrified into eukaryotes and prokaryotes.  Then the prokaryotes got split into archaea and bacteria.  But now, according to New Scientist there are debates about opening up a fourth kingdom of life – with the realization that 99% of cell species refuse to be cultured in a lab where they can be studied.  This history calls into question what scientists know about the natural world.  Are taxonomists really carving nature at its joints, or are scientific classification systems mere conveniences of the human mind?  And if observable reality can be so difficult to classify, what about unobservable reality?  Consider the following surprises and reversals:Selfish birds:  Ornithologists used to consider fairy wrens altruistic, because they would nurture the eggs of other birds.  Now, PhysOrg reported a change of view: these birds are selfish little schemers, thinking ahead for their own benefit: “The study showed that the seemingly selfless little helpers are in fact carefully calculating accountants.”  Were either of these fair characterizations, or misleading metaphors projected onto animals lacking self-consciousness? Apex nadir:  The Apex Chert in Australia has long been considered scientific evidence for the origin of life at least 3.5 billion years ago.  Now, according to PhysOrg, that evidence has been debunked (see 02/27/2011, bullet 7).  The strange shapes in the rock have nothing to do with life.  This reversal of opinion could reverberate through other research programs, like the search for ancient life on Mars or in meteorites.Trilobite orgy:  PhysOrg described mass kills of trilobites as distant as Oklahoma, Morocco, and Poland.  “A smothering death by tons of hurricane-generated storm sediment was so rapid that the trilobites are preserved in life position.”  So did the scientists conclude evidence of a global catastrophe?  Apparently not; rather than reason along those lines, Carlton Brett seemed oblivious to the geological implications and concentrated instead on interpreting the ecology and behavior of the ancient arthropods, describing them as naked and having a sex orgy.  Was he committing science with that metaphor, or projecting base human interests on mindless animals?Now we have it right:  A “new evolutionary history of primates” was announced by PhysOrg, claiming that the “robust new phylogenetic tree resolves many long-standing issues in primate taxonomy.”  Whenever new-and-improved announcements are made, questions rise about what went wrong with the old.  Right away came the surprises: “The genomes of living primates harbor remarkable differences in diversity and provide an intriguing context for interpreting human evolution.”  But does science aspire for contexts for interpretation, or for getting the world right?  And what should become of the faith readers had placed in earlier evolutionary histories announced with similar confidence?Changing climate change:  Climate change (formerly global warming; see 03/08/2011) has been attributed to human industrial pollution, but PhysOrg reported on evidence of ancient hyperthermals that they claim led to warming periods lasting up to 40,000 years.  Such warming periods, if they occurred, could not have been caused by humans.  But instead of calling into question the foundational evidence underlying the politically-charged debate about anthropogenic warming, the article focused on how today’s scientists might use this data to predict the impact of human-caused climate change.  Is that the conclusion that the evidence demanded?Political science:  Speaking of politics, New Scientist published an article about a Yale sociologist who studied effective and ineffective ways to convince climate skeptics.  The researcher, however, appeared focused on changing Republican minds instead of Democratic minds.  Why didn’t he use his research impartially?  Should science be a tool for manipulating one party?Pros and cons:  An article on the BBC News raises questions about who is allowed to do science.  Is it the sole domain of professionals?  While Mark Kinver entertained views that volunteers are vital to science data collection, he entertained critical views that “The argument for prohibiting their use was that the volunteers were incompetent, and their data would be biased.”  While training and ethics are desirable, does the statement imply that all scientists are competent and unbiased?Peace dividend:  Angola, long embroiled in a civil war, just unearthed its first dinosaur, PhysOrg reported.  All can probably agree this is a good step for a war-torn country, but the article focused on the political angle – how Angola seems to be on the verge of a “research renaissance” after years of political strife.  This raises not only questions about what dinosaur bones have to do with politics, but how many other parts of the world are off limits to research due to political isolation and war.  If a great deal, how much of the world can scientists say they understand?  This case resembles the item above about 99% of microbes falling outside scientists’ observations.A few articles directly questioned the ability of science to get the world right.  Julian Baggini in New Scientist explained “The self: why science is not enough,” arguing that even if neuroscience multiplies its data, understanding of ourselves will be unattainable.  “The main reason is that the very notion of a science of the self depends on us identifying its subject – the self – from the perspective of first-person experience,” he said.  “Science can correct false beliefs about what sustains that experience, and it can explain what makes such experience possible, but it cannot change what it means to be a self without erasing the very data it depends on.”    Meanwhile, Liz Else at New Scientist discussed what art can do for science and vice versa: “While science is about understanding the complexity of the structure of the material world, art indicates the deeper implications of scientific advancement and helps shape new paradigms.”  Can these fields of experience, both mediated by the human mind, be relegated to separate compartments, or is there a continuum?  Is science a kind of art?  Can art be approached scientifically?  Some scientists are artists, and vice versa; can their personalities be compartmentalized?  If science tries to understand the structure of the world according to an old paradigm, what becomes of its epistemic priority when art helps shape new paradigms?    The BBC News summed up many of the above problems with its Today feature, “Does science have all the answers?”  Tom Colls asked, “As scientists discover increasing amounts about life, the universe and everything, are we approaching a point where we can rely on science alone to answer all of life’s big questions?”  He invoked a bit of the old warfare thesis (disfavored by historians of science), describing a “cultural struggle taking place between religion and science.”  First volley was given to a champion of that dichotomy, Peter Atkins, who calls religion “fantasy” and is convinced that there is no question in the universe science cannot address.  Then Colls entertained a variety of contrarian views by academics who feel Atkins left the lab behind and has no more moral authority “than a priest, or a nun, or the guy who runs the sweetshop down the road.”  Colls then opened the floor to readers to present their opinions.This might be a good time to review the Guide to Evolution on the right sidebar, especially Finagle’s Creed, “Science is true.  Do not be misled by facts.”  Scientists are people, aren’t they?  Have you ever met any person who was infallible?  Do the collective efforts of fallible people ensure failings are weeded out?  Even if so, what fallible person could judge that science has arrived at a true conception of the world?  Can there be any science without honesty and morality, and if not, how can evolutionists claim that morality evolved?  If honesty evolved, when did it become honest enough to deserve our trust?  Will it become more honest in the future, or fluctuate between honesty and dishonesty?  If your “self” is following this line of reasoning, and you want honest answers, where did that desire come from?  This entry asks questions.  You have to supply the thinking.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africans go to the polls

first_imgMillions are expected to cast their votestomorrow during South Africa’s fourthdemocratic elections.(Image: Britannica) In their election campaigns, politicalparties encouraged voters to use theirvotes to effect change in the country.(Image: Magubane With less than 24 hours to go before South Africans cast their votes, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that it expects the largest turnout since 1994.Briefing the media on the expected voter turnout, the IEC’s chairperson Dr Brigalia Bam said that more than 80% of the registered voters were expected to cast their vote on 22 April.“We feel very confident this time around. We have never experienced such a high enthusiasm amongst South Africans,” she said.Statistics for this year’s elections include 200 000 election officials who will be working in 19 726 voting stations across the country. The number of registered voters captured on the voters’ roll stands at 23 181 997.Bam said she’s especially encouraged by the high number of youths who have registered. According to Bam, the number is significantly higher than recorded in previous years. Nearly 800 000 are between 18 and 19 years of age, and five-million are between 20 and 29.In total, 40 political parties will be participating in the national and provincial elections. Of these, 26 will participate nationally, while 14 parties will contest the elections at a provincial level.Bam said the election campaigns ran by political parties had been vigorous, which she expects will boost voter numbers.“We have never had so many political parties all over the country so involved … persuading people to vote for them,” said the chairperson. “We will be disappointed if we don’t get the 80% turnout. The effort we have put in preparing for these elections will not be good enough if we get only a 50% voter turnout.”It’s voting day, now what?For many first time voters tomorrow’s experience may be a daunting one but the IEC has gone to great lengths to explain the process, as even those who have voted before, may have forgotten how the process works.In order to facilitate the smooth running of the voting process, a few key actions have been put in place. Firstly, voting station officials will check a potential voter’s ID to verify that the ID number appears on the voters’ roll.Secondly, an official will check that the picture in the ID matches with the person standing in front of them.Once the official is satisfied that the person is indeed eligible to vote, the voter’s hands will be checked to ensure that they have already cast their ballot for the day.Inedible ink will then be used to mark the left thumbThe voter will then be issued with two ballot papers – one for national and another for provincial.Officials will then direct the voter to a booth, where they will be able to cast their vote for their political party of choice, after which they will insert their ballot papers inside a secured ballot box.For the first time since the 1994 elections, the IEC has now introduced the Braille ballot paper, which will enable visually impaired South Africans to vote independently.South Africa is the second country after Japan to offer the Braille sheet to blind voters. Each voting station will be issued with a national and provincial Braille ballot paper.Observing free and fair electionsIn order for the elections to be recognised internationally as free and fair, a group of independent election observers will be present to monitor the voting process.Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is leading the election observers team consisting of 4 900 domestic observers, 355 international observers and 358 diplomats from 61 embassies.On 17 April IEC Chief Executive Officer Pansy Tlakula addressed the observers to discuss the state of readiness for the elections.Tlakula stressed that the IEC has spent the past year and a half in preparation for the elections. The process started with the registration of political parties who intended on running in this year’s poll.She also explained to the observers that new technologically advanced systems would be used during the voting. She introduced observers to the “Zip-Zip”, a small hand-held device already loaded with the details of all the voters.The “Zip-Zip” system will capture statistics on voting day including the number of voters, the age group, gender, as well as the time at which every vote is cast.After voting closes at 9pm, all the ballot papers will be transported to the National Results Operation Centre. The state-of-the-art building will serve as an anchor to coordinate all the election activities at one central point.The media will also be privy to the results as they trickle in via a digital board mounted inside the centre.Regular press briefings will be held inside the centre, where journalists will be updated with the latest developments from the various voting centres across the country.Members of various political parties will be provided with some access to the workings of the operations centre, though they will not be allowed to interfere with the work of the officials.Duties of election observers include attending the ballot paper counting session in a bid to ensure that the final results are accurate and are a true reflection of the votes.According to the electoral law, the final results can only be released 48-hours after the elections. This will give political parties a chance to contest interim results if they have any objections.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesThe bell that rings when the vote is called SA expats vote abroad Guide on reporting on elections Which way, SA? Expats allowed to vote overseas Laugh until you cry with Evita Useful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionElectoral institute of Southern Africalast_img read more

Flag to Be Flown At Penn Relays Annually

first_img By Derrick Scott, Jamaican Embassy, Washington D.C. The flag of Jamaica will be flown at the 119th Penn Relay Games in Philadelphia, from April 25 to 27 this year. In 2012 the organizers took the decision to fly the country’s flag every year at the Games, held on the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, in recognition of Jamaica’s 50 anniversary of independence, and the contribution made to the relay festival for nearly five decades by Jamaican athletes. Jamaican high school athletes first competed in 1964 at the Penn Relays, which regularly attract over 15,000 high school, college, and track club athletes from the USA and abroad, notably Jamaica. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, was on hand at a special ceremony last year to deliver the flag to be flown at all future Games. Penn Relays Director, David Johnson, said Jamaica would be the only country to be so honoured, because of the outstanding contribution made to the games by its athletes, in addition to the tremendous presence and support given to the games by Jamaicans from all over the United States and elsewhere. “Jamaica’s participation in the games has greatly influenced the yearly attendance. This is evidenced by the great turnout and vast number of black, green and gold colours in the stands on a yearly basis,” he said.                                               Reacting to the announcement last year, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said Jamaica  felt extremely honoured to be chosen by the organisers for this select distinction.   “This is a great tribute to the country, our athletes and Jamaicans the world over,” she said. The Prime Minister pointed out that many of  Jamaica’s   world-class athletes who have excelled in track and field were first exposed to international competition at the Penn Relays.                    “Our athletes who have been participating at these games for the last 40 years continue to do so at a very high level of competition,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley and Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, are expected to attend the Relays on April 27.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A comedian and actor said a racist incident he saw on the streets of Toronto on Saturday was not representative of the Canada he wants to live in.Andrew Phung had dropped his family off at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, parked his car nearby and was walking to the stadium when he says he saw a police officer tell a driver to “go back to your country.”​Phung, who stars in the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, described the alleged incident in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon and a phone interview Saturday evening. Toronto police said they’re investigating.I literally just witnessed a @TorontoPolice officer shout “go back to your country” because they were confused at the crosswalk. To which two white dudes then shouted “amen, go back to where you fucking came from.” THIS IS NOT MY CANADA!— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018 Login/Register With: He said he was waiting to cross the downtown street with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated to pull through the intersection.Phung said an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back toward the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the cop say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”Phung said he responded by shouting, “That’s not cool.”“Two men beside me then said, ‘Nope, totally cool. If you can’t drive, go back to you f—-ing country.’ The comedian in me then burst out and then I proceeded to ask them why they thought driving ability equated citizenship in this country.”Phung says he heard a police officer telling a driver, ‘If you can’t drive, go back to your country.’ (CBC)Phung said he thinks the driver hesitated because the intersection had two sets of lights that were close together, and the other set of lights was red.“I think as a whole we can all agree that we’ve all been confused before in Toronto traffic,” Phung said.“It was just so disappointing to see this coming from a police officer,” said Phung. “They’re the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism.”“We have spent the evening gathering information so we can investigate what happened,” said Mark Pugash, spokesperson for Toronto police, on Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Aboriginal leaders leave meeting with Trudeau encouraged reconciliation achievable

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA -Following the first meeting on the road to reconciliation Aboriginal leaders said they are encouraged by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told them behind closed doors.“We wanted to say how proud we were to be part of the conversations today, to see people starting to do things in a different way,” said Dawn Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. “I think we’ve seen that here today, is what can be accomplished if you go in with that desire to dialogue.”Five leaders from various national Aboriginal organizations met with Trudeau to try and work out a plan to implement the recommendations contained in the Truth and Reconciliations June report. The commission’s final report was released Tuesday in Ottawa.Natan Obed, president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami said he is encouraged by the meeting with Trudeau and members of his Cabinet.“What we were looking for is a renewed Inuit to Crown relationship,” said Obed. “That relationship can only happen with the type of meetings we had this morning, and the respect for the, for all Inuit organizations in a way that we haven’t seen in a number of years.”He said he looks forward to “renewing” the relationship in a tangible way.“I think the time for rhetoric is over and the time for action is now. I’m really happy to be part of the transition and the implementation of a meaningful new relationship between Inuit and the Government of Canada,” he said.Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council said he was glad to meet with Trudeau but gave the new prime minister a message.“The Metis Nation is pleased that the TRC, the Canadian government has dealt with Indian Residential Schools. This morning, again, we reminded the Prime Minister that the Métis residential schools have not been dealt with yet,” said Chartier. “(We were) given assurances that our issues will be looked at. So I believe that’s very critical to us.”Chartier is a survivor of a Metis residential school, having went for 10 years. He supports the government’s call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous.“Myself, when I was 15-years-old at a boarding school, my mother was killed. No justice has yet been done for her,” he said.Trudeau said the purpose of the Wednesday morning meeting was to set that direction.“We talked about a number of specific issues,” said Trudeau. “But also engaged directly on how we’re going to work together to address these problems concretely. This is an engagement that is going to take years, decades and generations, perhaps.”But as Trudeau, his ministers, Aboriginal leaders and the grassroots move forward it’s important to ensure this first meeting wasn’t just a meeting to have more meetings, said the prime minister.“It’s important to start with a true sense of collaboration and partnership and that’s exactly what we cemented this morning,” he said.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said success will be measured in results.“How are you going to measure success? Well, once you start getting rid of the 135-plus boil water advisories, you know, that’s going to be success,” he said. ” So success will be measured when that gap starts to close, and so that all peoples have the same opportunities to good jobs, good education and training and employment opportunities.”[email protected]last_img read more