Academic Freedom Applied Unequally

first_imgIn the June ICR Impact article, Dr. Jerry Bergman tells a tale of two professors.  One, a philosophy professor, has full academic freedom to dismantle the religious faith of his students (one of his converts was Michael Shermer, now editor of Skeptic Magazine).  The other, a Christian anatomy professor, was forbidden by the courts to even allude to anything of his beliefs, even with disclaimers, lest it “engender anxiety” in his students.Anybody who thinks universities stand for academic freedom, or who thinks people of faith are the biased ones, or who has a naive interpretation of “separation of church and state,” should read this shocking article.  It describes viewpoint discrimination contrary to the law, and shows how one religious position (atheism) is given preferential treatment while another (Christian faith) is suppressed to extreme and absurd lengths.    This article should be required reading for pastors and youth ministers.  Thomas Jefferson, the supposed author of the doctrine of “separation of church and state,” would be appalled; this condition of tyranny would be cause enough to start another American revolution.  Any skeptic reading this should similarly be appalled that atheism, to survive, has to be shielded from other viewpoints in what used to be the “open marketplace of ideas.”Students: Is this the situation on your campus?  Write in if you have a story to tell.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Junior Boks through to JWC semis

first_imgFinishing strongly, the Baby Boks dominated the last 10 minutes of the contest and Kolbe signed off with a mesmerising run to cross untouched for a try. “We played much better towards the end, especially during the last 10 minutes. I am just relieved that we managed to beat them because they are a dangerous team. We will now regroup and prepare for the semi-final.” Far from beatenFrance, however, were far from beaten and they struck back when eighthman Marco Tauleigne went over in the corner. The French then took the lead with a converted try from Baptiste Serin. 14 June 2013 “We knew that the French would be passionate and very committed because they had so much to play for. They were lifted by a fantastic crowd and gave it their all,” coach Theron said after the match. Down 19-18, South Africa hit the front once more six minutes after that when Pollard slotted another penalty. Reflecting on the match, South African captain Ruan Steenkamp commented: “They disrupted us from the start and forced us into mistakes. We could not get the momentum that we wanted, but we showed a lot of bravery and heart out there. Shortly afterwards, for the first time in the tournament, however, South Africa trailed in a game when an intercepted pass led to Thibault Regard going over for France. A successful conversion put the hosts ahead. Four-time winners New Zealand qualified as the top seed and were also joined in the final four by Wales and England, who claimed the final place as the best of the runners-up, just ahead of Ireland and Argentina. Seeded secondThe win left the defending champions undefeated after their pool games and seeded second for the semi-finals, based on their pool points and points’ difference.center_img After England, a team South African later beat, defeated the French 30-6 in their first pool match, some might have expected an easier contest for coach Dawie Theron’s charges, but it was far from that as the home team produced a tigerish display in front of their own supporters. South Africa will take on Wales in the semi-finals, with New Zealand up against Six Nations champions’ England. In the 14th minute, the first of four Handre Pollard penalties (he landed four of six in the game) then put the South Africans back in the lead by a single point. The score was the same at half-time time, 8-7 in favour of the green and gold. ‘Proud’“However, I am proud of the effort by each of my players because the win is what mattered most, and we deserved it in the end. Our guys stood firm, made some vital tackles and in the end we clinched it with a great try by Cheslin Kolbe.” The South African under-20 team secured a place in the semi-finals of the IRB Junior World Championship after a hard-fought 26-19 victory over hosts France in a Pool A match played at at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon on Thursday evening. Early in the second half, Cheslin Kolbe, one of the stars of the championship with his mazy, elusive runs from fullback, set up Luther Odi to score in the corner and a Pollard conversion made it 15-7. Three minutes later he added a penalty to put the champions 18-7 clear. Began with a bangThursday’s evening match began with a bang for the Baby Boks when centre Dries Swanepoel sliced throught the French defence to open the scoring in the first minute. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Is 2016 the year of the marketer and risk manager?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A year ago I suggested that 2015 might just turn out to be “The year of the grass manager?!” For those who had grass to manage, and converted it to lean muscle in the form of beef or perhaps lamb, indeed it has been a profitable year . . . especially for cattlemen who sold early! Will 2016 become the year of the marketer and risk manager?Despite the plunge in prices during the past few months, margins, particularly for those who utilize grass as the basis of their feeding program, remain good. Consider the comments offered by University of Tennessee economist Dr. Andrew P. Griffith in his weekly comments:. . . Prices are still higher than they were the first week of December 2013! Making that statement may seem like a stretch to some producers, but in the fall of 2013 producers considered calf and feeder cattle prices to be extremely strong. In actuality, market prices this week compared to December 2013 could be stated as steady to $2 per hundredweight higher. It is unlikely the sentiments of prices today being equivalent to prices two years ago makes anyone feel better about where the market is. . . . prices in December of 2013 and 2015 are essentially the same . . .Perhaps what is separating the average beef cattle farms from the most highly profitable ones has been the ability to manage risk and get cattle and calves marketed at times when income exceeded the cost of production.That being said, as this year winds down perhaps it’s time to offer two simple reminders about profitably marketing at a time when we are still seeing the second highest calf prices in history.The first suggestion would be to remember the key to effectively managing risk and remaining profitable is knowing the cost of production and accurately identifying breakeven prices. Second, consider the marketing alternatives beyond just cash sales. Explore forward contracts, futures/options hedging, contract feeding, livestock risk management insurance and perhaps some value added opportunities.During the first session of the Ohio Beef Cattle School webinar series on January 19, we’ll spend the evening focused on the markets as well as some of the tools available for sustaining profitability when opportunities are available. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, will kick off the evening with his insight into the beef cattle markets . . . where they’ve been, where they may be going, and how they could get there. Sam Roberts of Producers Livestock will also join the broadcast on the 19th and offer suggestions on market risk management.While the most astute grass and cattle managers remain positioned to capitalize at today’s prices, it’s important to maintain a plan that allows one to take the greatest advantage of profitable prices during the volatile times we’d expect to remain in the markets.Regardless what you might call the coming year, most importantly, prepare yourself to enjoy a great 2016.last_img read more

Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win

first_imgBong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBong Quinto drilled the go-ahead layup in the waning seconds to lift Letran to a thrilling 63-61 win over Perpetual Friday for the Knights’ third straight victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The fourth-year forward shrugged off an inadvertent elbow from Prince Eze and scored off an assist from Rey Nambatac to push the Knights up, 63-61, with 12.6 seconds to spare.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next AVC: PH yields to unbeaten Kazakhstan, still moves on to QF Eze muffed a hook shot in the ensuing possession, but King Caralipio dove for the leather and forced a jumpball, with the possession arrow awarding the ball to Letran.Quinto, though, committed a huge miscue as he inbounded the ball to Rey Nambatac in the backcourt with 2.6 ticks left which kept the window wide open for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUnfortunately, Gab Dagangon could not gather the ball from GJ Ylagan’s inbound pass as Letran kept its winning streak.Quinto paced the Knights with 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, while Nambatac got a huge double-double of 12 markers, 15 boards, and three dimes in the win to pull their side up to 4-3. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “The tempo of the game wasn’t favoring us, but luckily, the boys didn’t give up even though Perpetual was making a rally. Credit to them because they really worked hard to get the win,” said coach Jeff Napa. “They didn’t give up and they showed the character of the team, especially our veterans. They really stood up and led our team.”Jerrick Balanza chimed in 12 points and two rebounds, as JP Calvo got 11 markers, with his biggest bucket coming in the final 1:33 as he drained the game-tying corner three to knot the score at 61 and set up the tight finish.Eze led the skidding Perpetual with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and two blocks, while Dagangon got 10 markers and four boards.The Altas have now lost back-to-back games, sending them sprawling to a 2-4 card.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ LETRAN 63 – Quinto 14, Nambatac 12, Balanza 12, Calvo 11, Pascual 5, Vacaro 4, Ambohot 2, Balagasay 2, Caralipio 1, Taladua 0, Bernabe 0.PERPETUAL 61 – Eze 18, Dagangon 10, Ylagan 7, Yuhico 5, Sadiwa 5, Tamayo 5, Coronel 4, Hao 3, Pido 2, Mangalino 2, Singontiko 0, Lucente 0.Quarters: 14-7, 24-19, 39-36, 63-61. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Modi the only hope for crisis-ridden American Embassy School in Delhi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra ModiThe American Embassy School (AES) in New Delhi’s plush diplomatic enclave is deep in crisis after nearly 40 teachers quit as a fallout of last year’s India-US diplomatic row.The staff is hoping that with a new Indian government in place, matters would mend soon.The school, one of the most elitist and expensive in the capital, is in the throes of a crisis after 40 teachers quit since March this year and more than a dozen were forced to return to the US to renew their visas, knowledgeable sources said.”Over 40 teachers have left since March this year,” a source told IANS, not wishing to be named being not authorised to speak on these sensitive issues.”While we do have teachers leaving regularly as their stay in India ends, this is unprecedented. We’ve never faced such a situation before,” said the source.”We are all hoping that with the Modi government coming in, things will now get better and the crisis in the school will be over,” the source added.American Embassy School, New DelhiThe Obama administration is sending Nisha Desai Biswal, its point person for South and Central Asia, to India next week to hold talks with the new government on bilateral and regional issues. The upcoming Biswal visit has also led to hopes that the AES crisis would soon be a thing of the past.The teachers were forced to leave as a result of India tightening the screws on visa and tax laws in a tit-for-tat measure in a fallout of the India-US diplomatic spat over the arrest and strip-search in New York of diplomat Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her nanny last year.advertisementBefore the diplomatic row, spouses of many American diplomatic officials – as well as Indian diplomats – would join the AES faculty as teachers.They would not mention in their visa that they were working at the school, thereby avoiding paying tax.The spouses of many US teachers hired by the AES would also end up as teachers without mentioning it in their visas.This wink-and-nod agreement that had been going on for decades came apart in the wake of the Khobragade affair when India insisted on being given the full details of the US employees at the school and the taxes filed.Besides the 40 teachers who have left, around 15 teachers were forced to return to the US to renew their visas.”Earlier, the visas would get renewed here. But since March, 15 teachers have had to go back to the US to get their visas stamped,” the source added.The school, which has a sprawling 13-acre campus adjacent to the US Embassy, has 1,450 students mainly from the diplomatic community as well as the children of corporate leaders. It has a swimming pool, tennis courts and soccer pitches besides vast athletic fields.The school fees were raised by 24 percent this year. The fees are steep – ranging from $24,200 a year for Grade 5 (Elementary School) to $27,300 for Grade 8 (Middle School) to $28,700 for Grade 12 (Senior School).”Things are definitely not like they were before. It has been very traumatic for the school,” another source added.”The school has a wonderful engaging atmosphere. Now there is a feeling of underlying stress,” the source added.Its staff strength is 180 presently. The school hires Americans to teach.”They are internationally hired teachers, which means they are foreign nationals (not Indian),” added a source.There are two-three Indian teachers who have been around for many years and teach specialised subjects.The top administration staff is American while the support staff is Indian.While the US staff get paid handsomely, the Indian staff, including the clerks, the drivers and others are paid “what they would get in any other good Indian firm”.”The salaries that Indians get at the school is not high. But what makes a difference is the working atmosphere. It is really a good place to work in. The weekend offs and the month-long vacation the staff are entitled to are also attractive,” another source added.Besides the school, the American community club has also been badly affected.The embassy was told in January to shut all commercial activities being undertaken from inside the premises.Several commercial activities are undertaken under the aegis of the American Community Support Association (ACSA). These include a restaurant/bar, video club, bowling alley, swimming pool, sports facility and field, beauty parlour and gym.”The club has been badly hit. All the American Embassy School teachers would use the club. Now they are not allowed to do so,” said a source.advertisementNon-American diplomats are also barred from using the premises and the supply of cheap liquor is now a thing of the past, say diplomatic sources.last_img read more