The hypocrisy of businesses like PayPal

first_imgFranklin Graham: ‘PayPal Gets Hypocrite of the Year Award’ for Boycotting North Carolina over Transgender Bathroom BillThe Rev. Franklin Graham has said that PayPal deserves “the hypocrite of the year award” for its refusal to expand its business to Charlotte, North Carolina after the state passed a controversial transgender bathroom bill.The Blaze reports that Graham criticized the company in a Facebook post, stating that although PayPal refused to do business in Charlotte, North Carolina because of the new law preventing transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice, the company conducts business in many countries where homosexuality and transgenderism is severely persecuted.“Congressman Robert Pittenger made a great point yesterday: ‘PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom? Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position,’” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.Graham went on to say that PayPal does business in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and soon will be expanding to Cuba. All of these countries have persecuted homosexuals and transgenders, said Graham, including arresting them and subjecting them to torture and execution. read more

94-year-old FL man fatally shot wife because she had dementia

first_imgA 94-year-old man is behind bars on first-degree murder charges after fatally shooting his wife because she had dementia, according to the Venice Police Department.Wayne Juhlin killed his 80-year-old wife in their Florida home Monday evening.Juhlin then turned the gun on himself in an attempt to take his own life, but the weapon malfunctioned.After his failed suicide attempt, he called the police to report that his wife was dead.Juhlin was arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated murder.He is currently at the Sarasota County Jail.last_img read more

Letter: A Unique Red Bank Story, The T. Thomas Fortune House

first_imgContributed by D. Robin Blair |I appreciate The Two River Times front page article of March 1-8, “Opening This Fall: Tribute to Overlooked Red Bank Legend.”T. Thomas Fortune and family moved to their Red Bank home “Maple Hall” in August of 1901, according to a Red Bank Register article of that year. The Fortune home was subsequently deemed significant by its inclusion in both the National Register of Historic Places (Dec. 8, 1976), and in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places (Aug. 16, 1979). As a tradition for Black History Month in February, the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation participated in the 28th Annual African-American Read-In at both the Red Bank and Long Branch libraries with their “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages.” This event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Literacy Association. The goal is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.Thank you for bringing attention to this unique Red Bank story. The story starts with the son of a slave becoming the editor of the most influential African American newspaper in the nation. With his position, he befriends many of the most notable 20th century figures, e.g. Frederick Douglass. But the story continues with the current rehabilitation of his home made possible by Roger Mumford. In this public private partnership, Mr. Mumford will provide the nonprofit T. Thomas Fortune Foundation with a magnificently restored building to be named the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.For information about the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, visit: Robin Blair Member,Board of DirectorsT. Thomas Fortune Foundationlast_img read more

Clean Coasts Week urges Donegal locals to clean up their coastline

first_imgRegistrations for the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts week are now open, and groups are encouraged to register now to receive their free beach clean-up. Taking place from June 1st- 9th, the week aims to encourage the nation to protect and enjoy our coastline while celebrating the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland who continuously work to keep the beaches clean all year around. Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main nation clean-up drives- Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and the Big Beach Clean. There are currently over 700 registered Clean Coasts groups. Last year, 19 groups of volunteers between Donegal and Leitrim registered, with beach clean-ups happening in different locations across this region. These included free yoga sessions on Rossnowlagh Beach and a public discussion on how the local community can take better care of the Fanad coastline. Research confirmed that ‘doing good’ can help us reduce stress and improve health, which are the same effects that sport has on us. As such, this year’s Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week is back with the aim of getting people from the local sports communities involved. To register, visit Registered groups will receive a free clean-up kit and other resources to organise clean-up events in your local areas. Clean Coasts Week urges Donegal locals to clean up their coastline was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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:Clean Coasts Weeklast_img read more

Benitez in apparent dig at Mourinho

first_imgChelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has offered a thinly-veiled retort to Jose Mourinho’s hint that he wants to return as manager at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho said on Tuesday he might leave Real Madrid in the summer, claiming many in the Spanish media hate him.He seemed to indicate he would be ready to return to Chelsea, adding: “I know in England I am loved by some clubs, especially one.”Benitez, who has already confirmed he will be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, played a straight bat to questions about Mourinho’s remarks ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Basel.But when asked if the Portuguese’s comments broke an unwritten rule that managers do not speculate on other people’s jobs, Benitez smiled and added: “He has his way – my way is to concentrate on the next game and that’s it.”Benitez also refused to comment when asked if he would be interested in taking over at Real should Mourinho move on.Mourinho, who left Chelsea in September 2007, remains the Blues’ most successful manager, with two Premier League titles and three domestic cup triumphs.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: Struggling Raiders fall 27-3 to Seahawks in London

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday morning while the Raiders face the Seattle Seahawks in London starting at 10 a.m.This will be the second straight season Oakland has played one of its “home games” out of the country. The Raiders are hoping for better results than last year’s debacle in Mexico City when they were routed by the Patriots 33-8. Oakland is also looking to rebound from another …last_img read more

Draymond Green expected to return at end of five-game trip

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device TORONTO — Uncertainty lingers on when Draymond Green will play in a game or even practice. Green provided some clarity on his return after missing nine of the past 11 games because of a sprained right toe.“He feels like he’ll be able to play by the end of this road trip,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Meaning one of the last couple of games. But again it’s day-to-day. We’ll see.”The Warriors (15-7) will …last_img read more

Radiocarbon Dating Is Not Globally Uniform

first_imgAdjustment required for dates in the Levant could undermine published results by decades and impact debates about Biblical chronology.Radiocarbon dating has become a staple method for corroborating dates of archaeological sites. Often the results appear to confirm dates arrived at by other methods. A new paper in PNAS by  Manning et al.,1 however, warns of anomalies that could undermine published dates:We observe a substantive and fluctuating offset in measured radiocarbon ages between plant material growing in the southern Levant versus the standard Northern Hemisphere radiocarbon calibration dataset derived from trees growing in central and northern Europe and North America. This likely relates to differences in growing seasons with a climate imprint. This finding is significant for, and affects, any radiocarbon application in the southern Levant region and especially for high-resolution archaeological dating—the focus of much recent work and scholarly debate, especially surrounding the timeframe of the earlier Iron Age (earlier Biblical period). Our findings change the basis of this debate; our data point to lower (more recent) ages by variously a few years to several decades.Readers will recall that radiocarbon dating only concerns biological artifacts within thousands of years, not millions. Because of the C-14 half-life of 5,730 years, no radiocarbon should be left after 100,000 years or more. Even so, radiocarbon dating is often looked to as one of the most reliable radioactive dating methods.These scientists measured material from native Junipers in the Levant (region including Lebanon and Israel), calibrating it against tree rings. To their surprise, the results did not match the standard dataset used globally for radiocarbon calibration. Like they say, climate conditions apparently cause an “imprint” of local fluctuations, and “more interestingly, this offset seems to vary in importance through time.”Hezekiah praying in the Temple about the Assyrian threat (II Kings 19). Does the Bible need science to “prove” its reliability?Their findings become important for Biblical interpretation. “Scholarly debate” has raged for years about the “high chronology” vs the “low chronology” of the Iron Age, which overlaps with the times of Kings David and Solomon in Jerusalem.While relatively small, such an offset has substantial relevance to high-resolution 14C chronologies for the southern Levant, both archaeological and paleoenvironmental. For example, reconsidering two published studies, we find differences, on average, of 60% between the 95.4% probability ranges determined from IntCal13 [the current standard Northern Hemisphere 14C calibration curve] versus those approximately allowing for the observed offset pattern. Such differences affect, and even potentially undermine, several current archaeological and historical positions and controversies.Complicating the picture is that the offset fluctuates. It cannot be easily solved by adding an adjustment factor.Although, overall, the 14C offset identified here produces what may seem to be relatively small dating changes, these are revealed to be of a scale that is important for high-resolution chronological work. They are especially important for the contested and detailed chronology debates in archaeological scholarship on the southern Levant region, particularly for those focused on differences of only a few decades to ∼50 y to 100 y in recent “high” (or conventional) versus “low” chronology debates. Thus, we recommend that users must proceed with caution when dating plant material from the southern Levant with a winter to spring growing season. It also seems likely that the offset we observe fluctuates, and thus is not best compensated for via a static, systematic, adjustment.It remains to be seen which side of the controversy will “win” with revised radiocarbon dates that include the new offset. More significant, perhaps, is the recognition of a new factor that had not been considered in previous uses of radiocarbon dating. Here we see an “unknown unknown” coming to light that changes things. What other unknowns are out there?1. Manning et al, Fluctuating radiocarbon offsets observed in the southern Levant and implications for archaeological chronology debates. PNAS May 29, 2018. 201719420; published ahead of print May 29, 2018. If radiocarbon has this previously-unknown factor that is significant enough to change interpretation of recent material, how much more could other dating methods (the ones that yield millions or billions of years) be off by significant factors that could undermine evolutionary beliefs? Scientists cannot go back millions of years to check their dates with a stopwatch. They rely on radioactive decay as a kind of stopwatch, but what if the stopwatch fluctuates due to “unknown unknown” factors? They calibrate their dates with evolutionary assumptions, but what if those assumptions are invalid? (See cartoon below.) This new paper should remind all scientists that reliability on methods is only tentative at best, and at worst, is like a reed that can poke the side of the person leaning on it. (Visited 761 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

PRManna: Striving for a Tech-Focused HARO

first_imgIn addition to PRManna, Waggoner suggests that startup companies look to sites like Hacker News to gain constructive feedback on their products. Given that we found Waggoner through the community, it’s indeed another good resource for entrepreneurs. To sign up for PRManna email alerts visit or follow the Twitter feed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A few days ago Ryan Waggoner launched PRManna – a site for startup companies to offer themselves as news sources to the tech blogging community. Similar to Peter Shankman’s Help a Reporter Out (HARO) the site allows journalists to submit requests with the idea that community members answer tech-related questions for articles. In the past we’ve listed the ideal components of a communication pipeline. We spoke to Waggoner to find out how he’s trying to address the needs of both bloggers and entrepreneurs. In addition to PRManna, Waggoner also runs conversation tracking and analysis company MightyBrand. When asked why he’d embark on this ambitious new venture he replies, “I know what it’s like to pour my heart and soul into a company and because there’s so much noise out there I wanted to help create a meritocracy for entrepreneurs. I wanted a way for startups to put less time into their outreach and more time into their core competencies and products.”After posting a request, journalists receive emails through the PRManna system in addition to a link to their request feed and the option to repost the request to Twitter. Entrepreneurs can then visit the site or follow the newly created PR Manna Twitter account to track queries. The Twitter account was only set up today, but Waggoner is already planning to categorize requests and sources in the near future. While he recognizes the value in more established sites like HARO, Waggoner hopes his site can become the press destination for tech and entrepreneurship. When asked how he’s dealing with the issues of privacy and relevancy he replies, “For now we’ve got anti-spam on posts and our initial reputation system is based on catching abusers internally and allowing reporters to flag irrelevant pitches.” dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Startup Weekend to Host Contest in Haiti

first_imgchris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It has been well over a month since the devastating earthquake struck near the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, and while thousands of relief workers have flocked to the island, some of the efforts are still in the planning stage. Though innovative tech startups aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a developing nation like Haiti, the founders of Seattle-based Startup Weekend believe their model for entrepreneurship and innovation is the kind of spark the country needs to get back on it’s feet and prosper in the future.In a blog post on the Startup Weekend website Sunday, co-founder Marc Nager announced the non-profit startup incubator program would be teaming up with charities and holding an event in Haiti in support of local innovation.“The event will be far different from a standard Startup Weekend event; however, the model will fundamentally [be] used to help find the best solutions to the most widely felt problems of the people,” writes Nager. “We believe we will find local Haitians that will have great ideas to address some of the problems they face daily. The end goal is to take the money we receive via the fundraising efforts and award it directly to the new, local ventures and ideas the emerge from the event.”In Haiti, Startup Weekend is working together with We Hear Your Voice, Global Water Trust, and Angels in Cowboy Boots, as well as Microsoft BizSpark and Piryx in the U.S. to raise funds for the event’s participants. In terrible situations like the aftermath of a traumatic earthquake, any form of help is a positive thing, but some, like Melissa Carrier, director of the University of Maryland’s center for social value creation, are skeptical whether the event will do much to benefit the fragile nation.“There is a strong risk that Haiti may not be ready to absorb this kind of economic development by the fall,” Carrier said as quoted in a New York Times article Sunday. “Basic needs of the citizens may still be so under-met that there won’t be capacity to even think about business creation and jobs.”Startup Weekend looks to kick off their funding this March at South by Southwest with an event at The Speak Easy. The venue will allow for 400 attendees, and Startup Weekend hopes to raise $8,000 for Haiti by charging a $20 entry fee. Obviously, any little bit helps in a situation like the one in Haiti, but is an innovation event such as this going to succeed in the recovering nation? Or is entrepreneurship the spur Haiti needs to better its economy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Disclosure: The New York Times is a syndication partner of ReadWriteWeb.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more