C’down to honour 1982 Manning Cup champions

first_img “Although this year’s team has better facilities and support, including a nutrition programme, the 1982 team was much more talented and had players who were more loyal, committed, and proud to wear the Camperdown jersey. Those days, it was difficult to make the team. if you did, it was a cause to celebrate. Today, things are different. these players are not as loyal like back then,” said Bender, whose team has struggled this season. Bender said his team, which was beaten by the defending champions Jamaica College in the semi-finals last year, has been suffering from serious injuries and indiscipline but should have a better second round. “Since the season commenced, we are yet to start our strongest team. At one stage, some of the players got suspended, while others were injured. All this has been sorted out now, and the team is ready. We are looking forward to making it to the semi-finals and going one better,” said Bender. committed and proud Camperdown High School will honour the heroes of their star-studded 1982 Manning Cup team tomorrow night. The team, led by former Reggae Boyz the late Peter ‘Jair’ Cargill, took three titles that year. All the surviving members of the team are expected to be at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, where they will be inducted into the school’s hall of fame by the Camperdown alumni. Four members of the all-conquering team – Claude Palmer, reserve goalkeeper; Carl Richards, forward; Barrington ‘Cobra’ Gaynor, defender; and mid-fielder Cargill – will be recognised posthumously, along with the then principal, James Fitz-Henry Brown, under whose leadership the east Kingston-based school won the Manning Cup, Walker Cup, and Olivier Shield titles that year. Christopher Bender, who was one of four mid-fielders used by coach Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters in the 4-4-2 formation has described the success of the 1982 schoolboy season as the greatest achievement in his career as a player. Thirty-three years later, Bender is now head coach of his alma mater.last_img read more

Concern over Management of Bahn Health Budget

first_imgConcerns are said to be mounting in Bahn City, Nimba County over the management of the health center’s budget.Some citizens complain that since government began releasing funds to run the health center there has been no public accounting available to them.The issue pertaining to the implementation of the health budget at the county seat is creating concern in the Zoe Geh District where Bahn is situated.Reports gathered by the Daily Observer say the health center has been receiving US$50,000 annually from the National Budget since 2008, but how the money is being used is not made known to the citizens.On 4th October, the board of Bahn Health Center sent in its resignation to Bahn citizens because of “non-compliance, undermining, marginalizing” amongst others.They said instead of the health center having its own accountant or comptroller, the funds intended for running the health facility is being managed by the County Health accountant, based in Sanniquellie.All the public health facilities in Nimba County, including Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital, Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center and the G. W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, manage their own budgets, leaving the citizens of Bahn to wonder why the budget for running the Bahn Health Center is still controlled outside of Bahn.The board claimed in their resignation letter that the health center’s budget is being managed by the county health team “without the consent of the board.”They further said, “For the past four years, the County Health Team has been receiving the budgetary appropriation of US$50,000 along with approximately LS$500,000 annually, but what is being done with the money is yet to be established.”Despite these allegations from board members, the current administrator of the Bahn health center, Arthur Gaypul, III, told this newspaper that the only health board he knows is the County Health Board, which is headed by the superintendent.Although he could not say whether the health center budget is being controlled by his office or not, Gaypul stated that with funding from the National Budget, his administration has constructed a nurses’ quarter and another annex.Gaypul’s comments were buttressed by the Health Services Administrator of Nimba, Ramsey Leasala, who stated that the Nimba Health Board meets regularly during which all reports pertaining to finances, including expenditure, are made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bourda Market vendor shot dead during robbery

first_imgA cheese and sausage vendor at Bourda Market was on Wednesday evening shot and killed by three armed men who relieved him of his cash, a quantity of jewellery and other valuables.Dead is 45-year-old Troy Ramalho, called “Rasta”, of Albouystown, Georgetown and of Lot 11 North Road, Lacytown, Georgetown.Based on reports, the vendor had already packed up his stall which is located between Alexander and Bourda Streets and was awaiting transportation to take him home.It was during this time he was confronted by three gun-toting bandits who held him at gunpoint and demanded that he hand over cash and other valuables.Speaking with Guyana Times, the dead’s man wife, Precious Ramalho, explainedTroy Ramalho, called “Rasta” in happier timesthat her husband refused to comply with the bandits’ demands and in retaliation, one of the armed men discharged a round hitting the vendor once to his chest.As he fell to the ground, she noted that the other two men relieved her husband of three gold chains that were wrapped around his arm.In addition, the perpetrators took away the man’s cellphone along with three gold rings before making good their escape on foot.“After they come and ask him to hand over his gold and money he started talking up and he took the table that was in front of him and hit one ah dem with it. After that one of them was going away and the one with the gun turn and tell him boy do what you have to do and he took the gun and put it to his heart and pull the trigger,” the wife stated.More so, she related that the incident happened right before the eyes of two on-duty City Constables.“When this thing happened, the market Constable was there but couldn’t do any but to watch the bandits walk out of the market and head towards Camp Street. They couldn’t do anything; they don’t have a gun, all this happen in front of everybody,” the woman recalled.She noted that the father of two would normally say to her “anybody coming to take my things (jewellery) would have to kill me before they get it, me ain’t giving up my things just suh”.The vendor was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage was reviewed and the Police are currently hunting the suspects. It was only a month ago, the Mayor and City Council has revealed that Bourda and Stabroek Markets are havens for criminals and warned Guyanese and foreigners to be extremely careful when traversing the areas.last_img read more

Council complains about sheriff cuts

first_imgFort St. John City Council will formally complain to the Province about recent cuts to the provincial sheriffs department.The most recent cuts, announced quietly a few weeks ago by the Province, mean that as of June 10, the hours of 52 auxiliary deputies would be cut. Which is the equivalent of cutting 34 full-time positions.In a motion brought forward by Mayor Lantz Monday, the Mayor expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision and the lack of notification and consultation by the province.- Advertisement -Sheriffs in B.C. have a number of responsibilities, some of which include escorting prisoners to and from court houses, providing security within courtrooms and transporting prisoners to penitentiaries. When Sheriffs aren’t available, the RCMP take over some of those rolls, which take them away from responsibilities local municipalities pay for.A letter from the City of Fort St. John will be sent to the ministries involved and to all the communities in the Union of B.C. Municipalities.Mayor Lantz says he has already spoken to Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Labour, Citizen’s Services, and Open Government who is visiting Fort St. John this week.Advertisement At a future Council meeting, Council could decided if they wish to make a formal resolution to be presented at the next Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting. For more on this story, click here and read what Mayor Lantz had to say about this last week.last_img read more

Video: The 40 hottest football WAGs in the world part one

first_imgThe football is back and that means these glamorous ladies are, too.THE 40 HOTTEST WAGS IN FOOTBALL PART TWOFor more great videos, check out the talkSPORT YouTube channel.last_img

GAA News: Buncrana lose out to Fanad Gaels

first_imgSenior FootballBuncrana 0-4Fanad Gaels 1-7Buncrana senior footballers took on Fanad Gaels on Saturday night. Unfortunately this was not a night for our seniors who lost out on this occasion. Although the result was not for us it will not darken an otherwise good year with a top 2 finish in sight for the seniors.Sean Parker, Conor Grant, Bruce Waldron, Stephen Doherty, Kevin O’Loughlin, William McLaughlin, John Doherty, Peter McLaughlin, Garbhan Friel, Andrew Doherty, Odhran Doherty X, Aodhan Stokes, Oisin Doherty X, Darrach O’Connor, Kevin Tracey. We wish Odhran Mac Domhnaill well in his recovery. He is a U12 player with Buncrana GAA.Sean Masterson TournamentThis was undoubtedly the highlight of the week at the Scarvey, if not the year! U-10 teams from all over Ulster travelled in what was a tournament that could stand up to the best in Ulster and the rest of the country. It should be understood that this could only run with the success that it did through the help of some very dedicated club people. What was weeks of planning proved to turn up a fantastic event that has impressed all clubs who travelled. Children were treated to a day of football and entertainment, especially when a certain Glenswilly player showed up. Our own club players gave up valuable time to officiate during the day. From underage club players to Donegal players, everyone from our club gave up their time to show respect and gratitude to Sean Masterson. Nobody takes it for granted that there would be little or no GAA games in Buncrana only for Sean and we take this time to thank him for all he has done for Gaelic Games and the opportunity that Buncrana young people have.In often happens that when you thank those in these situations that you leave someone out. So on behalf of Buncrana GAA and the clubs and children, we thank all those that organised this event. Especially the man with the megaphone and siren and his assistants. Ye know who ye are. Finally to the teams that travelled with their players we hope to see ye back again.U8 Report- FootballA section of the u8s formed the buncrana 3rd team in the SM tournament. The boys started off against st Eunans and struggled with the pace of the game losing 6 – 1. They showed great character to come back and draw against termon following a penalty won and superbly converted by young Cian mccarron in their second match. They next played a strong Galbally side and battled hard before going down 5-0.This placed the lads in the semi final of the vase tournament with neighbours steels town. A great game saw us come out with a one point victory. In the final we played st Eunans again. Despite being fatigued due to playing with the bare minimum st Eunans to their credit managed to lead midway through the second half before buncrana started linking their play better against the tiring cathedral side. Oisin Dohertys point taking was a feature and the match went to extra time. Nothing could separate these sides until the aforementioned Doherty struck a free sweetly over with the last kick off the game to send the buncrana boys wild.Special mention goes to Danny Doherty who played well in midfield and missed his aunties wedding to help this team to victory. His character is reflected by all the squad and if these boys stick at it, there’s no question they have the makings of a fine team.HurlingSenior Championship Hurling:Buncrana v Burt, The Scarvey, Wednesday, August 17.In hurling terms this was youth versus age. 14 of the Buncrana line-out were U21’s (and half of them were minors); over half of the Burt team have worn senior shirts for ten years and more. Apprentices faced master craftsmen. It was also a game of the proverbial two halves: the master craftsmen dominated the first period; the apprentices matched them in the second. In the early moments the home team threw down the gauntlet with shots from Paul Nelson and Tom Clare narrowly missing the target. Much of the rest of the opening period saw Burt take charge of the scoreboard. Evergreen Marty McGrath marshalled his defence and kept the young Scarvey forwards at bay. Niall Campbell scored six of his team’s nine first half points and Micky McCann was always dangerous. Much credit must go to all of the Buncrana defenders. Goalkeeper Declan McCarron, still a minor, had a game worthy of any seasoned senior, likewise eighteen year old Paddy Wilson at full back. A late pointed free from Tom Clare left the visitors leading by eight at half time.Buncrana came out firing after the interval and soon their youth was outrunning the older opposition. Three points from set pieces by Jack O’Loughlin as well as shots from Tom Clare, Daniel Wilson and the young Enda O’Rourke sailed over the Burt crossbar. McCann with a fine goal and Campbell from frees added to the Burt tally. When referee J J Lafferty blew for full time it finished Buncrana 0-07, Burt 1-14. Burt continue in the knockout stages of the senior competition.Buncrana play in the Junior Championship.This game gives a snapshot of the remarkable progress of Buncrana hurling. Last year the same opposition in Hibernian Park gave the Scarvey boys a severe trouncing, a cricket score comes to mind. Arguably the second half inWednesday’s game saw the young Buncrana team play the better hurling. They are a work in progress. All fifteen players who wore the green, white and orange deserve great credit. Credit is also due to the passion and ability of the management team led by Seamus Grant and Tom Clare Senior. Half a dozen capable young cubs will come on board next season and add to this young but increasingly experienced squad. Things look good. The Buncrana team was: Declan McCarron, Jamsie Doherty, Paddy Wilson, Kevin Vaughan, Aiden Stokes, Jack O’Loughlin, Daniel Wilson, Paul Nelson. Conor Grant, Daniel Deery, Sam Doherty, Tom Clare, Ronan McGrory, David Doherty, Enda O’Rourke.Bord Na nOg TrainingGaelic football Boys & GirlsU6 Fundamentals Fridays at 6.30pmBoysU8 Boys Fridays at 6.30pm to 7.45pmU9 & U11 Boys Tuesday and Friday from 6.30pm – 7.30pmU 13 Boys Tuesday and Friday from 7-8.30pmU12 Boys Friday from 6.30pm – 8.00pmU14 Boys Friday from 7.00pm – 8.30pmU16 Boys Monday 7.00pmGirlsReminder to everyone that our underage girls training has moved outdoors!U10s girls on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30pmU8s girls on Friday from 4:30 to 5:30pmU12, & U16 Girls on Monday 6.30pmU14 Girls Wednesday 4.00pmTraining in The Scarvey, Bring gum shield and water and €2 for training contribution.GAA News: Buncrana lose out to Fanad Gaels was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Buncrana GAAfanad gaelsNoteslast_img read more

‘He’s a baller’ – Some Spurs fans on Twitter reckon Amos could be a ‘Spurs legend’

first_img smart causal How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence predicted Pre-season is always a great chance for academy stars to make a case to be considered a first-team player and Tottenham youngster Luke Amos is already impressing.The defensive midfielder, 21, has yet to make a senior appearance for Spurs but has previously done well on loan at Southend United and Stevenage. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible xi Best way to start the day imo great result for the boys. Special shout out to Moura and Amos who had excellent games. Aurier yes made silly mistake for first goal but other than that very solid performance and excellent assist for Moura first goal.#SA24 #COYS #THFC #TTID pic.twitter.com/NeFFj7m6qk— #SA24 (@AurierOlogy) July 26, 2018 ALTERED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures We don’t need a new CM, we’ve got Amos! 🙌 #COYS #THFC #romtot— bq (@Bloomq) July 26, 2018 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Surprised about Amos..quick decisions on ball and IQ is good. #COYS— Steezy Coys (@SonOfKane10) July 26, 2018 REVEALED Luke Amos has been brilliant today. Sat right in front of the defence. Has been cool, calm and collected. #THFC— Paolo Iantosca (@LWOSPaolo) July 26, 2018 gameday How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Lucas looking like a new signing (wish I could say the same for Sissoko!). Good showings from Llorente, Aurier and gazzaniga too. Skipp and Amos look promising for the future #COYS #preseason #ICC2018— Kiran Ubhayakar (@KiranUbhayakar) July 26, 2018 silverware NEW ERA Well played Luke Amos. Did very well in holding midfield #thfc #COYS #ICC2018 #Roma— Adhithya (@adhithya35) July 26, 2018center_img Brilliant game! Spurs went down early and played brilliantly to win 4-1. Lucas Moura & Eriksen were the two best players. KWP, Amos, Aurier all had very good games. Llorente doing what he does best with good crosses. Gazzaniga & Vorm untroubled #thfc #COYS #ICC2018 #Roma— Adhithya (@adhithya35) July 26, 2018 Amos has been watching Dembele closely….protested an obvious foul in just the same way as the Belgian veteran #THFC #COYS— RuckerHaringey (@RuckerHaringey) July 26, 2018 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Latest Premier League News Amos looking very good out there and I know it’s no a popular opinion but, I’d rather see youth come through than buy shit loads of players and ignore the kids that work so hard to deserve a shot. (Still want a couple of players but not a bucket load) #COYS #ICC2018— Morgan 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@Morganslaw) July 26, 2018 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? I think it’s safe to say Luke Amos is ready to be a Spurs legend. #COYS— Alex Albrecht (@The_Freebase) July 26, 2018 possible standings Luke amos bullying cengiz under off the ball is the best thing to happen tonight #COYS— Chay Phillips (@ChayPigeon) July 26, 2018 who plays? Roma inside Amos’s back pocket #COYS— 50% Single (@Mikow_) July 26, 2018 Tottenham Hotspur youngster Luke Amos. Also Luke Amos = baller. #COYS— Christopher 🌻 (@ChrisWrighteous) July 26, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Now, though, with World Cup stars still away on holiday, he’s been handed a chance to show what he’s got and in the 4-1 win over Roma in San Diego he proved he’s more worth another look.In front of the Tottenham defence, he outshone the likes Moussa Sissoko and looked a competent performer with some decent positioning and pressing to throw Roma off their tracks.And Spurs fans watching the game were quick to declare their pleasure in Amos’ display against a number of top opposition players on Twitter. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

Leicester vs Liverpool: TV channel, kick-off time and confirmed team news

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Liverpool will look to continue their perfect start to the season with a trip to face Leicester.The Foxes themselves have made a solid start and have two wins from their opening three games of the new season. silverware What is the team news? highlights 1 impact Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Klopp saw his side beat Brighton 1-0 last week FOOTBALL LATEST Here’s your #lcfc team for today’s game against Liverpool! 🦊#LeiLiv pic.twitter.com/P9K7GPUQkY— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 1, 2018 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings What time is kick-off?This Premier League clash is set for Saturday, September 1.Kick-off in the East Midlands is at 12.30pm.The last time the Reds came here was a year ago, where they scraped past a dogged Leicester side 3-2.Which TV channel is it on?You can watch this clash on Sky Sports Premier League, Main Event and Ultra HD.Coverage will start at 11.30am.If you want to stream the action, use either a Sky Go account or grab a Now TV pass from just £7.99. MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Getty smart causal Team news vs @LCFC. One change for the Reds as Henderson replaces Keita. #LEILIV https://t.co/BI5FCjOJrp— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 1, 2018last_img read more

Who’s In Control: Your Brain or You?

first_imgDo you have a self that controls your brain, or is thought a secretion of the brain, as Darwin claimed?  Do you use your brain, or does your brain operate you?  Who is in charge?  These are deep philosophical questions with a long history, that some people prefer to avoid, as in the common joke:What is matter?  Never mind.What is mind?  No matter.The answer is probably not an either-or proposition, because we know that physical changes in the brain, whether by drugs and injury, can have profound affects on the self – if there is one.  But there is also ample evidence that people can affect their physical brains through choice and will – just as a person can order her arm to rise against the pull of gravity.  Some recent findings suggest that opinions of neuroscientists (for a long time those most tending to physicalism) seem to be shifting back to belief in the existence of a determinative self.Memory flexibility:  Rats have brains, too, and while humans may not appreciate being compared to them, we might learn some things from the physical aspects of a rat brain.  For one thing, how the brain stores memory is a lot more complicated than the old computer storage model.  Science Daily reported on work at University of Minnesota that shows that “the phenomenon of memory replay is much more [sic] complex, cognitive process that may help an animal maintain its internal representation of the world, or its cognitive map.”    The hippocampus has long been known to be involved in memory recall.  Rather than just playing back a memory verbatim, the hippocampus provides flexible playback.  “It gives animals the ability to plan novel paths within their environment,” said A. David Redish of the U of Minnesota Medical School.  “This replay process may be an animal’s way of learning how the world is interconnected, so it can plan new routes or paths.”  That almost sounds like the rat is in the driver’s seat, not its brain.  The article spoke plainly about the rat’s “decision-making process.”  The brain was not just playing back a tape recording: “The rats were not just reviewing recent experience to move it to long-term memory,” Science Daily said.  “This is important because brain cognition and the human decision-making process are poorly understood.”  Someone might argue that computers have a decision-making process, too.  Yes—but those processes were programmed by intelligent design.  To claim that animals are capable of decision making while being physical products of evolution would beg the question about physicalism.Multisensory perception:  If physicalists want to say humans are only animals, they can’t say they are less equipped.  PhysOrg posted an interesting story that said psychologists are finding amazing perceptual abilities in humans thought to be mastered by animals alone.  The article begins with examples:Blind mountain bikers use echolocation to hear rocks in the trail.  A connoisseur sniffs out the world’s most expensive cup of coffee.  An artist whose sight disappeared as a young man paints and chooses his colors by touch.    New research in perceptual psychology and brain science is revealing that our senses pick up information about the world that we thought was only available to other species, Lawrence Rosenblum, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, writes in a new book, “See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses” (Norton, 2010), published this month.Rosenblum has amassed many examples of people who have compensated for the loss of one sense by developing heightened sensitivity from the other senses, both singly and in combination.  “Brain-imaging and other tools have enabled researchers in the last decade to discover that the human brain is capable of changing its structure and organization – a process called neuroplasticity – as it is influenced by experience.”  Don’t be down on yourself.  You are highly skilled, Rosenblum says: “We all have an onboard sonar system and a type of absolute pitch; and we all can perceive speech from seeing and even touching faces,” he said.  Those abilities can be brought to sharpness by practice.Forget to remember?  Science Daily delved into the question of why we can remember some things instantly when exposed to a triggering sense, like a smell, but can’t remember other things when we try.  “Science still does not fully understand why” this happens.  Experiments by Kristina Kompus, a Swedish scientist seem to suggest that the instant recall and the slow search-and-retrieval mechanisms are controlled by different regions of the brain.  Her studies “also reveal that our long-term memory is more flexible that was previously believed.  There is not just one single neurological signaling path for reliving old memories but rather several paths that are anatomically separate.”Hormone assist:  PhysOrg added more thought to the story about testosterone (see 12/09/2009).  Subjects involved in a trading game were actually more rational and fair when they did not know they were given testosterone.  Since women given the hormone without knowledge behaved differently than those who knew, the effects of hormones are more complex than previously thought.    This raises questions about the uniqueness of the human mind.  How could such an experiment be done on animals?  How would they know what they were given?  How would they have certain expectations that a hormone would produce a certain kind of behavior?  The authors of an article in Nature noted, “biology seems to exert less control over human behavior [than in other animals].”Self-controlled rehab:  A man in Texas has had difficulties in work because of several traumatic brain injuries, like concussions from falling off a horse when he was young.  He felt discouraged about his prospects for work and living a normal life, PhysOrg said, till he realized at age 42 that he was not a prisoner of his brain injuries.  He heard about “brain plasticity – the concept that the brain can heal and learn at all ages.”  He realized that abilities he thought were gone could be re-learned.  “It was a relief,” he said.  “It helped me regain my self-esteem and self-confidence.  It gave me hope.”  The article then noted, “Neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and change through life, is gaining increased traction in medical circles.”  The author of a book on the subject, Dr. Norman Doidge, calls this “the most important change in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years.” “For the longest time our best and brightest neuroscientists thought of the brain as like a machine, with parts, each performing a single mental function in a single location,” he wrote in an e-mail from the University of Toronto (he also teaches at Columbia University).  “We thought its circuits were genetically hardwired, and formed, and finalized in childhood.”    This meant that doctors assumed they could do little to help those with mental limitations or brain damage, he says — because machines don’t grow new parts.  The new thinking changes that: “It means that many disorders that we thought can’t be treated have to be revisited.”A doctor told of a patient who suffered a massive stroke.  In five weeks he went from coma to paralysis to walking out of the hospital.  “The brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells,” he said.    Dr. Sandra Chapman is founder of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas.  She remarked, “Our brain is one of the most modifiable parts of our whole body.”  Think about that.  It means that intentional thought for the brain might just be as important as exercise for the body.  She advises taking a “neck-up checkup” to find areas needing improvement: such as learning how to focus, learning how to reason, learning how to create.  These skills can be improved with targeted exercises.  For those of us getting older (100% of humans), it also means we don’t have to look ahead to hopeless decline, but can actually maintain or improve mental skills as we age.  “People in their 80s and 90s can do incredible things,” Chapman said.  “They may do them a little bit slower, but they can do them at a much deeper level.”    The article said “It’s possible that the connections that the brain makes may become even more profound with age.”  If so, do they just result in more profound secretions of the brain, or do they provide a self with better tools?The scientific brain:  Some experiments done at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research seem to show that humans are hard-wired to think scientifically.  Our brains are comfortable with predictable outcomes, but strain at unpredictable ones.  PhysOrg said, “This suggests that the brain’s main job, alike [sic] that of a scientist, is to generate hypotheses about what is going on in the outside world.”  Do we all have a little scientist in our head?  “At present the idea of the scientific brain is rapidly spreading through the neuroscience community and provides a novel approach to resolving how the most complex organ of the human body works,” the article ended.Control your cortex:  Scientists can observe brain waves that predict how someone will feel days after a marital spat.  But do the brain waves determine this, or are the waves a product of the spouse’s control?  Science Daily reported on work at Harvard reported in Biological Psychiatry that seemed to show that “brain activity – specifically in the region called the lateral prefrontal cortex – is a far better indicator” than common wisdom about not going to bed angry “of how someone will feel in the days following a fight with his or her partner.”  The more neural activity seen in the lateral prefrontal cortex, the more forgiving the partner was likely to be.  But what does that mean?    Dr. Christine Hooker “also found that those who had more activity in the lateral prefrontal cortex and greater emotional regulation after a fight displayed more cognitive control in laboratory tests, indicating a link between emotion regulation and broader cognitive control skills.”  So while the brain waves might serve as a predictor of those most vulnerable to emotional stress after a fight, it doesn’t mean the subject is a victim of her or his brain waves.  It could mean the opposite – that the moral traits a person has learned can be observed in brain waves, just like the choices one makes in a diet are visible in the waistline.  “Scientists believe that what we are looking at in the scanner has relevance to daily life, but obviously we don’t live our lives in a scanner,” noted Hooker.  Relevance is a commutative property.  She could have said, “Our daily lives have relevance to what we see in the scanner.”Train your brain:  According to Science Daily, we can choose to remodel our brains.  Researchers at the University of Goldsmiths London observed neuroplastic changes as a result of brainwave training.  They “demonstrated that half an hour of voluntary control of brain rhythms is sufficient to induce a lasting shift in cortical excitability and intracortical function.”  The article continued, “Remarkably, these after-effects are comparable in magnitude to those observed following interventions with artificial forms of brain stimulation involving magnetic or electrical pulses.”  It means that painful and risky physical interventions (drugs, electric shock, etc.) could be replaced with a more “natural way” to modulate cerebral plasticity through “inner control of one’s own brain activity”.  The finding has “important implications for future non-pharmacological therapies of the brain and calls for a serious re-examination and stronger backing of research on neurofeedback,” the article said.  Inner control; is that the same thing as self control?Advocates of intelligent design are most often philosophical dualists – those who accept a mental (or spiritual) reality in addition to a physical reality.  It appears these studies and others like them are giving them fodder for their case.  Denyse O’Leary, co-author of The Spiritual Brain, discussed some of these findings in a podcast for ID the Future.  For more news about the brain, see the 02/21/2010 entry.It’s nice to see secular neuroscientists entertaining thoughts again about the actual existence of a self that can control the body.  But there’s a shortcut to tipping the debate in favor of dualism.  Ask them, when they are thinking about the question, who is doing the thinking?  To be consistent in their physicalism, they would have to deny their own selves.  This would be a self-refuting position that would give the dualist interlocutor opportunity to call the debate.  Like Dr. Greg Bahnsen used to taunt his opponent, merely showing up at the debate proved his point.    Each of the stories above makes sense in the light of creation, and only in the light of creation (the top-down approach that assumes intelligent design), on two grounds: (1) the alternative is self-refuting, and (2) our uniform experience shows that decision-making entities (robots, software) are products of a mind.  It may not answer all the mysteries we have about the mind-body problem (e.g., what happens to the self when an aging person shows dementia, the differences between animal and human mental states, the interactions of soul and brain, what happens during sleep, why do we recall things when not concentrating on them, etc.), but it is a self-consistent framework in which to provide useful employment to the little scientist in your head.  Otherwise, what’s the point of the sign over the 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How the Air Force Is Flying Toward IPv6

first_imgThe United States Air Force is one very high-tech organization, and we’re not just talking about jet fighters. The Air Force’s latest mission is a high-stakes, high-speed migration to Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6). Chances are most corporate networks aren’t as extensive or complex as the Air Force’s, but the service’s planning operations offer worthwhile lessons for many organizations.The Air Force began its transition to IPv6 earlier this summer, and expects to have its entire network migrated by the end of September 2014, the deadline self-imposed by the US government for all of its network operations. The move to IPv6 will also let the Air Force support more ad hoc networks in the field – making it more operationally agile and better able to support machine-to-machine communications.A Complex MissionSeveral years ago the Air Force established a Transition Management Office (TMO) at Scott Air Force Base, located outside of St. Louis, to help coordinate the effort. ReadWriteWeb visited with Doug Fry, Network Engineer, Air Force Network Integration Center and engineering lead for the TMO. His role is to develop network policies and operational procedures that will be carried out by the various Air Force base engineers around the world. Fry is giving a talk at the upcoming New York City Interop this fall.One of Fry’s biggest issues is maintaining the security of the network as it makes its transition to IPv6. “We can’t let unknown traffic traverse our networks, of course, but the security tools that we have in our inventory aren’t fully v6 compliant yet.”The Air Force has 130 bases and about 100 of them are IPv6 capable and ready, according to Fry. He is working on the rest right now.The Air Force base furthest along in the transition process is Eglin in the Florida panhandle, which also happens to be the service’s largest base – covering more than 600 square miles and employing more than 30,000 people. To give you an idea of the size of the base, it has 30,000 individual IP addresses assigned, to a wide mix of both computing and embedded equipment. There are two core networks, 14 access layer devices, and 5000 in-building switches. That is a lot of gear to migrate over to the new networking protocols.But Eglin’s lead role is more a matter of circumstances than anything else: the base’s aging Cisco routers and switches were due for a major refresh at the same time that the Air Force was planning the IPv6 transition. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Government#networking david strom 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now 8 IPv6 Lessons LearnedSo what are some of the lessons the Air Force has learned so far?Don’t go with your first address plan, but think about ways that you can make it more hierarchical and improve it. “We are on our fourth iteration of our address plan,” said Fry.Make sure your core and IOS routers are all IPv6 compatible and can run dual stack protocols. This seems obvious but it is worth mentioning.Make sure all your monitoring equipment is up to snuff. Eglin uses homegrown IP address assignment and monitoring programs, and of course these will have to be upgrade to handle the longer IPv6 addresses.Now is the time to make sure your entire network documentation actually reflects what is actually deployed. “Some Air Force bases are better documented than others,” said Fry.Upgrade your router firmware or replace them to handle IPv6.Build a test lab that replicates your entire network if you can afford to. “I wish we had the budget to build a lab from the beginning, it would have been helpful to learn more about IPv6 before we got down the road,” said Lee Tran, a technical advisor for the Operational Infrastructure Branch and part of the Communications Squadron for Eglin. (You can read a ReadWriteWeb a white paper about this topic here.Understand how things will change when you add new desktops or network infrastructure to your IPv6 network. “You don’t want to introduce any new vulnerabilities,” said Tran. One issue for the Air Force is being able to automatically push out security patches to its routers over an IPv6 network. “Right now we have to do this manually,” he said. Another implication is how your desktops will come with support for IPv6, and whether you want this active or not before you actually cut over to IPv6.Finally, participate in the next World IPv6 Day in June and other experiments to prove out your installation and deployment plans.“This was incredibly helpful for us, and I was glad to see that our IPv6 servers didn’t have any issues then,” said Fry.Good luck with your own IPv6 transition plans.Lead image and Air Force medallion courtesy of Shutterstock.Bottom image courtesy of the US Air Force.last_img read more