Free legal aid phone clinic Tuesday

first_imgSoutheastern, IN—Legal Aid is holding a Free Legal Aid Phone Clinic for residents of their eight-county district on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The district includes Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Rush, and Shelby Counties. The phone clinic will be conducted from 3 pm – 5:30 pm though registration is required between 12 pm to 1:30 pm.The Legal Aid Clinic and Pro Bono Program utilizes local volunteer attorneys, offering free legal consultations to low-income individuals for the provision of legal advice and assistance in furtherance of equal access to justice within our communities who might not otherwise be able to afford the counsel of an attorney.Individuals calling to the Legal Aid Phone Clinic can expect to receive a brief consultation to answer general questions, offer legal information, or to receive other limited pro se assistance or advice, over the phone. Individuals seeking legal consultation must register by calling Legal Aid at 812-378-0358 on Tuesday, July 21, between 12 pm and 1:30 pm. A volunteer attorney will return calls to registered individuals between 3 pm and 5:30 pm. Individuals must be available between 3 pm and 5:30 pm to answer a call from an attorney.Legal Aid will be offering additional Phone clinics throughout the service region. The next Legal Aid Phone Clinic is on Tuesday, August 4 with the same registration requirements and time frame.last_img read more

Bubble Dribble: What I Can’t Wait For Outside of NBA Quarantine

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE GREAT OUTDOORSI’ve seen Montrezl Harrell and Paul George showing off the fish they’ve caught. I’ve seen Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee playing outdoor giant-sized Connect Four. I’ve seen players on boats and on golf courses, and shotgunning beers on the Disney lawn.I thought about that a lot on Thursday night as, for the second time this week, I went for a ‘run’ in my room. The longest stretch of floor space is about 30 feet across — that’s about eight jogging strides, or six sprinting strides. I could only stand about 20 minutes of going back and forth between my window and my bathroom mirror.Throughout the whole experience, I imagined myself as a ping pong ball bouncing side to side — which incidentally is another activity NBA players and coaches can pursue outside of quarantine.When I arrived a week ago, the thick, sweaty humidity felt anything but inviting. I had gotten used to cool breezes in the coastal hikes of Malibu during the hiatus within a short drive of where I live in Los Angeles. But at this point, I’m willing to settle for any air that isn’t indoors. On the NBA campus, outdoor activity is encouraged (when you’re not under quarantine) because coronavirus spreads less readily than it does in small indoor spaces.The Coronado Springs Resort where I’m staying has a lake with a walking trail just under a mile in length that I hear is well-trafficked. For the last five minutes of my step, step, turn, repeat routine, I thought of how warm the sun would feel on that route and how the rush of air would brush my face during a run outdoors. That’s assuming, of course, that my first act of liberation isn’t immediately leaping into the pool.SCHEDULE CONTROLI’m naturally a night owl, and a career as a sports journalist has only slid me further down that scale. The first few days of quarantine, I jumped up like a shot to get breakfast, but as the week went on, I found myself trying to grasp a few more winks while allowing my breakfast to cool in a bag outside.Disney catering has taken great pains to deliver meals to us in quarantine as safely as possible, and part of that is the schedule. Breakfast is served sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.. Lunch is served between noon and 1 p.m. Dinner is served a little after 6 p.m. Employees wearing a lot of protective gear drop off food in bags, knock and then depart straightaway before opening the door.These are undoubtedly normal times to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. But these windows are somewhat urgent since I have limited refrigerator space and no microwave. I’ve let breakfast or dinner sit for hours while I work, sleep or exercise. Zoom calls with teams can be scheduled in these hours. I frequently make the mental tradeoff of allowing meals to go cold so I can finish whatever I’m working on.COVID-19 testing also takes place in a window. On our first two nights was after 10 p.m., which is a long time to wait for the most important part of your day. The NBA found a way to move this up to between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., which helped. But I find myself tapping my toes and looking out my window around 3:30, unwilling to start new tasks and anxious to get my mouth and nose swabs done. Once I’m out of quarantine, I’ll be able to schedule testing windows like others on campus.This is not to say the bubble has tremendous scheduling freedom. Teams are feeling some of that especially when it comes to practice times, which vary wildly. There’s seven practice locations for 22 teams, and each venue has to be cleaned vigorously. This leads to some practices being scheduled at 8:30 a.m. and some ending at 10 p.m. with little apparent pattern. Seeding games will have smaller windows but a similar feel, with games being played all day.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of this: “If somebody had a 10 a.m. slot or noon slot every single day, that’d be an advantage. Ultimately, we’re all all over the place, and that’s just part of it.”My issue isn’t one of unpredictability, but rather one of rigidity. I’ll celebrate when I can eat a 10:30 a.m. breakfast that’s still warm.CAMARADERIEDuring their 36-hour quarantines, players shared stories of how they were still able to communicate from down the hall. At 2 a.m., Clippers guard Reggie Jackson said, he heard Patrick Beverley yelling “Yoooooooo!” through the walls, prompting everyone to their doors.My sense of fraternity is much more limited.The neighboring room has food delivered to the door three times a day, just like mine. The occupant is either a silent monk who is fasting until we are released, or is more likely no one at all. I’ve never seen anyone emerge for any reason. The food delivered to that door sits for hours in the Florida heat until it is replaced by a fresh bag for the next meal. Disney catering has yet to identify this discrepancy.Because of the motel-style set-up of the rooms where I’m living, I can’t actually see other media members — most of whom I know at least as acquantances — or where they are stationed. I have a rough idea based off of texts and social media, and dialogue about our mutual quarantine experience is ongoing. Many are writing, like I am, about their experiences so far. But not being able to see them in person reinforces the isolation we’re experiencing.Again, this is not a cry of hardship — only an acknowledgement of how wonderful it is to see other people, especially friends. That’s a feeling almost everyone in this country can certainly relate to after the last few months off and on under pandemic-related lockdowns.While we will be asked to abide by social distancing guidelines and we are not permitted in each other’s rooms, I suspect many media members including myself will be content to stand six feet apart, at least in earshot and seeing range of a living, breathing human being.BASKETBALLWell, of course.So much of my life takes place in gyms and arenas, accompanied by the soundtrack of sneaker squeaks and ball bounces. There will be a strange, dystopian quality to the precautions we had to take, which I will write about in future posts, but it will be basketball, and in the midst of a totally original enterprise of a satellite campus restart, even the most mundane familiar details should prove comforting.It’s hard to even relate what I’ve missed about the game as an observer to how players and coaches and other NBA lifers must feel. The NBA was deeply conscious during the hiatus about how players would struggle feeling disconnected from the game, and made mental health resources available.There’s a lot to sort about the ethics of the return of sports, which critics say are social luxuries in the current time of crisis. With COVID-19 cases still on the rise in the United States, it’s a reasonable point of view. And everyone within the bubble understands, or at least should understand, that only a few mistakes could undo all the work the NBA has done to try to finish the season, crown a champion, and recoup revenue.But for just about all of the people here in Disney World, basketball isn’t just a game, but a livelihood. There are sacrifices they are willing to make in a continued pursuit of the career they’ve built for years. Many of these people only know this way of life, with peaks of big events, schedules of late nights and lots of travel, and a passion for basketball that isn’t just a side project, but has enabled them to live comfortable lives. I think of the words of J.R. Smith, who was out of basketball for nearly 18 months before signing with the Lakers in June.“I was gone for a while and for being somebody who has been around the league predominately for most of their adult life, when that’s kind of taken away from you, it kind of gives you that culture shock and you obviously don’t understand what you lost until it’s gone,” he said. “So, for me more than anything, I just want to appreciate the moment for what it is and whether it be next year or never again, I just want to enjoy every possible moment that I get.”Enjoy every moment — it’s good advice. I’ll think of that next time I look out the window, waiting to experience the greater world of the bubble for myself.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Lakers Purple & Bold newsletter. Sign up here for the newsletter.From the BubbleNewcomers find a groove – How J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters have blended into the Lakers while in the bubble.The Missing Morrises – We learned earlier this week that both Markieff and Marcus Morris haven’t been spotted in Florida..Wearing new hats – It’s a new way to work for the Lakers’ coaching staff, and a throwback vibe for the players mixing on the Disney campus.Finding new pursuits – What it’s like to be without family, and how the Lakers have tried to fill their time.Behind The Alliance – Jim Alexander tackles why the 11 pro sports franchises in L.A. are banding together for social justice.Jersey messages – From “Black Lives Matter” to nothing at all, NBA players share their sentiments about social justice messages for re-opening night.Lean on Dion? – Rajon Rondo’s injury could mean the newcomer has a bigger role than previously expected.If you missed our first installment – I described what it was like to prepare for and enter quarantine here at Disney World.Follow along on Instagram – I’m sharing stories from the bubble in a different way, and you can check it out here. Editor’s note: This is the Friday, July 17 edition of the Lakers Purple & Bold newsletter. ‘Bubble Dribble’ focuses on a look inside the NBA’s bubble. Sign up here for the newsletter.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On the fifth morning of my weeklong quarantine, I woke up the same way I have every day so far: A knock on my door between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Breakfast was served.After a few minutes of lying in bed deciding whether to sleep on, I dragged myself to the door and gathered the two bags containing a massive breakfast, which included a sandwich, two hardboiled eggs, Canadian bacon, juice, milk, yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese and a slice of bread in a sleeve.The sleeve offered this quote from Walt Disney, the namesake of this resort: “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDear reader, after remaining in the same 300-square foot room for some 125 hours as of this writing, my deepest dream is to take a flying leap into the pool that I’ve been gazing at outside my window. I want to wake up when I want, eat when I want, and feel air that has not been circulated through these four walls a thousand times. I want to physically see a person who is not testing me for a possibly deadly disease to see if I’m a threat to the people already inside the NBA bubble — walking around with less freedom than normal life, but certainly more freedom than I currently enjoy.What I actually need courage for is staying put, at least until Sunday night.Let me be clear: This is a worthwhile and necessary process recommended by medical experts. If I could potentially be carrying COVID-19 into the NBA Restart, a months-long effort of literally thousands of people, I want to know and take every reasonable precaution. I don’t want to put anyone’s health at risk.But after five negative tests, hours of Zoom calls and trying to find ways to preserve and consume the incredible amount of food that Disney catering piles at my door every day, I’m starting to feel the itch to get out and see the world — well, within the bounds of the Disney campus.While the experience of quarantine is still fresh, here’s what I’ve seen and heard about on the outside that I’m looking forward to when it’s safe for me to emerge from my weeklong hibernation:last_img read more

Stanley Cup predictions: Sporting News’ 2020 NHL playoff picks

first_imgThe year is 2020. It’s been 25 years since the 2019-20 regular season took place. We’re officially in the Upside Down because it’s hot out and we’re playing the coldest game on Earth. Ok, yes, being slightly dramatic but this year anything goes when it comes to bubble hockey. The Stanley Cup playoffs are here — a reminder, qualifying round wasn’t “really” the playoffs — and it’s time to make predictions. Who will win is really a crapshoot this year when the likes of the Canadiens and Blackhawks (23rd and 24th worst teams on March 12) are in the mix but, hey, we’ll give it a go.MORE: NHL playoff bracket, schedule, scoresStanley Cup Eastern Conference predictionsFIRST ROUNDWINNERPhiladelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)Flyers in 5Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)Blue Jackets in 7Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (6)Islanders in 6Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5)Hurricanes in 7Why the Flyers? They’re just too good, and while Carey Price can do Carey Price things, the Canadiens run will be over.Why the Blue Jackets? Before Joonas Korpisalo went down with an injury in late-December he was having an All-Star season. He looked solid against the Leafs, especially in Game 5, and with a healthy Seth Jones and a “fit-to-play” Zach Werenski in front of him, they’ll advance.Why the Islanders?  Barry Trotz is a mastermind and knows how to win — and he definitely knows how to beat his former assistant coach in Todd Reirden and players.Why the Hurricanes? Because they’re a “bunch of jerks” and know how to play good hockey. The Bruins do, too, but just haven’t looked great thus far. Is there time for them to turn it up? Doubtful with the way the Canes play.SECOND ROUNDWINNERPhiladelphia Flyers (1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (4)Flyers in 5Carolina Hurricanes (5) vs. New York Islanders (6)New York in 6Why the Flyers? Philadelphia is a team of destiny.Why the Islanders? The Islanders know how to shut down top lines and will have a strong gameplan for the Hurricanes’ top trio of Sevastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen. It’ll be a low scoring affair in this one; just how Trotz likes it. CONFERENCE FINALSWINNERPhiladelphia Flyers vs. New York IslandersFlyers in 5Why the Flyers?  Philadelphia has balanced scoring and one of the top shutdown centers in the game in Sean Courturier. The Islanders don’t have a too much secondary scoring, and that’ll hurt them against this deep squad.MORE: 2020 NHL playoff oddsStanley Cup Western Conference predictionsFIRST ROUNDWINNERVegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8)Golden Knights in 5 Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)Avalanche in 4Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)Flames in 5St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)Canucks in 7Why the Golden Knights?  Goaltending. Scoring. Defense. They’ve got it all.Why the Avalanche?  Now healthy, they just have too much firepower for the Coyotes to handle.Why the Flames?  The Stars haven’t looked great and the Flames are finally getting scoring across the board along with a standout performance in net by Cam Talbot.Why the Canucks?  Health also plays a role here with Jacob Markstrom and Brock Boeser back in the lineup for the Canucks. St. Louis will give them all they can handle as a heavy team and it’ll be a grind, but we’re thinking Vancouver breaks through.SECOND ROUNDWINNERVegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Calgary Flames (4)Golden Knights in 6Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)Canucks in 7Why the Golden Knights?  Seriously, how can you stop a team that has Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner to choose for net tending services.Why the Canucks?  It’ll be another grind, but this one is all skill vs. skill. If J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes can replicate what they did in the regular season — and add in what Markstrom did to put himself in the Vezina Trophy conversation — they could eek out another series victory. CONFERENCE FINALSWINNERVegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver CanucksGolden Knights in 6Why the Golden Knights? See above. They’re just too good.Stanley Cup Final pickSTANLEY CUP FINALWINNERPhiladelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden KnightsFlyers in 7Conn Smythe: Carter HartWhy the Flyers? This will be an all-out battle for supremacy between these two squads. Last year we saw a team win their first-ever Stanley Cup, and in 2020 we’ll see a team snap a 45-year drought. Head coach Alain Vigneault has long-awaited and long-deserved this one (sure, it would have been more fitting to have him beat the Canucks in the Final) as has the city of Brotherly Love. To counteract the goalie tandem in Vegas, Carter Hart will have to stand on his head — and will. It’s long been thought that he’s the next great goaltender in Philly, and he’ll follow in the footsteps of Bernie Parent and Ron Hextall (granted he was on the losing side) as a Conn Smythe Trophy winner.last_img read more

Judge Throws Out Penalties for Local Governments that Approve Gun Regulations

first_imgA circuit court judge in Leon County, Florida struck down a state law late last week that had threatened tough penalties if city and county officials approve gun regulations.Since 1987, Florida has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are more strict than state firearms laws.However, in 2011, lawmakers approved a series of penalties that local governments and officials could face if they circumvent the ban.Local governments around the state challenged the 2011 law after last year’s shooting in Parkland.Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson issued a 15-page ruling on Friday, stating that he found the law unconstitutional on numerous grounds.The ruling affects the 2011 changes that created the penalties for violating the 1987 “preemption law,” as it is called.For example, the 2011 law states that local officials could face fines up to $5,000, as well as potential removal from office. In addition, members of the public and organizations could receive damages of up to $100,000 and attorney fees if they successfully sue local governments about violations.Dodson’s ruling addresses “legislative immunity,” which protects local government officials’ decision-making processes. He also refers to the constitutional separation of powers, since judges could be asked to rule on penalizing local officials. He writes, “Because local governments must have what amount to small legislatures, and because courts cannot interfere in legislative processes, neither this court, nor any other court in Florida, can enforce the civil penalty provisions (of the law) against local legislators.”He considered three lawsuits, involving 30 cities, three counties and more than 70 elected officials, in arriving at his ruling.Lawyers for Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and the National Rifle Association wanted Dodson to uphold the penalties.The NRA argued last March, “(It) is a bedrock principle of American constitutional law that local governments have no legal authority to defy the will of their creator: the state. Local governments are creatures of the state subject to whatever limitations on their power that the state sees fit to impose consistent with the federal or Florida Constitution, and here, the state has seen fit to penalize local usurpation of the Legislature’s sovereign power.”On the other hand, attorneys for the cities and the counties wrote in February that local governments have been asked to take actions such as requiring procedures or documentation to ensure compliance with background checks and waiting periods for gun purchases, as well as requiring reporting of failed background checks. They add that local governments did not act on those requests due to the “severe chilling effect” of the preemption law and penalties.Their statement reads, “By both incentivizing ideological lawsuits and imposing severe penalties on local elected officials and governments, the statute intimidates officials, preventing them from passing even constituent-supported ordinances they generally believe are not preempted. The chilling effect of local officials’ abilities to do their job has cascading, adverse effects on plaintiffs’ speech, association, petition and instruction rights.”last_img read more

Exciting Night for Joe Biden on Super Tuesday

first_imgSuper Tuesday voting is over and Joe Biden leads in the delegate count over Bernie Sanders.Biden won Texas, but Sanders still believes there is a path to victory after winning Colorado and leading in California.Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars, Michael Bloomberg had a disappointing Super Tuesday which he spent in West Palm Beach.The future of Sen. Elizabeth Warren is also in doubt after she came in third in her home state of Massachusetts.Tusli Gabard picked up one delegate in American Samoa.People on social media are praising the quick actions of Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, and his top adviser, Symone Sanders, after they fought off a vegan protester last night. Biden was speaking in Los Angeles when a protester jumped on stage with a sign reading “let dairy die.”Jill Biden immediately jumped in to block the protester. A second protester then jumped on stage and Jill Biden grabbed her and physically pushed her away. Sanders ran after the protester, tackling her and dragging her off stage.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2016)–Known to millions as an iconic figure on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Kenny Mayne will alter course and step into the role of race caller on Sunday at Santa Anita as he’ll take his unique brand of dry witted humor to the microphone prior to the track’s fifth race, which will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs.“As sports fans everywhere know, Kenny has a unique sense of humor and having grown up near the old Longacres (Racecourse) in Seattle, he’s also a lifelong horse racing fan,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita’s Vice President, Marketing. “We think this is going to be a lot of fun and with Santa Anita auditioning announcers for the full-time job, we expect an entertaining race call.“His appearance here on Sunday will be a featured segment in the days to come on SportsCenter and there’s no-telling how Kenny is going to approach this assignment. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be memorable and he’ll likely have an easier time fitting into the announcer’s booth than Conan O’Brien did!”Prior to beginning his broadcast career on local television in Seattle, Mayne was a Junior College All American quarterback at Wenatchee Valley College in 1978 and he went on to play two years as a backup quarterback at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prior to graduating with a degree in Broadcasting in 1982.In addition to hosting SportsCenter dating back to 1994, Mayne has appeared in various roles on ESPN, including hosting numerous live horse racing broadcasts on both ABC and ESPN. In 2011, he traveled to six countries while taping “Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports,” and he’s appeared outside the ESPN umbrella in many other forums, including “The Drew Carey Show,” commercials for Progressive Auto Insurance, and the 1998 movie, “BASEketball.”last_img read more


first_imgFourteen man Donegal held on against Cork at Ballyshannon to snatch two vital league points overcoming Cork on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-08.Michael Murphy a sent off.Donegal were reduced to fourteen when captain Michael Murphy received a second yellow card.At this stage of the game midway through the second half it had appeared that Donegal were in control leading 0-9 to 0-5. A stunning 50 metre point from Odhran MacNeilis made it 0-11 to 0-6 and even without their influential captain, it appeared that Donegal had the points in the bag.Ineed there was a period of time in the game when Cork hadn’t scored for a full 28 minutes.Early first half points from Murphy, Reilly and McBrearty had put Donegal in the driving seat.But Tom Clancy had different plans for Cork and his goal left just two points between the sides. The margin was down to just a point when Hurley added another for Cork.Wit the watch ticking down, both sides added another point each as Rory Gallagher’s side hung on by the slimmest of margins.Gallagher will be happy with the victory against a Cork side who were certainly no pushovers. FOURTEEN MAN DONEGAL HANG ON TO TAKE FULL POINTS FROM CORK was last modified: March 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to possible Morrison move

first_imgMany QPR fans on Twitter want Ravel Morrison signed up after news he is training with the club.Morrison ended the 2013-14 season at Rangers – on loan from West Ham – and helped them reach the Championship play-offs.The 23-year-old is currently under contract at Lazio but is free to train with other clubs – and many R’s supporters are hoping the club offer him a [email protected] 😍😍😍😍😍👍 absolutely yes what a player if Ollie can sort him out then he’ll yeah @morrisonravel— Deano Fry (@dean_fry9) January 27, [email protected] if Ollie can get his head right I’d take him in a heart beat, boy has serious ability 🙏🏻🙏🏻— RangersBoy_8 (@Simon_Corley) January 27, 2017Happy to take a punt on @morrisonravel well worth a gamble #gamechanger #QPR— Darren Smith (@Dazzmo1902) January 27, 2017Would take @morrisonravel back to QPR in a heart beat.— Daniel Kruck (@danielkruck) January 27, 2017Would love Ravel back, exactly what we need- get it done #QPR @morrisonravel— ADAM WILLDEN (@awillden7) January 27, 2017Ravel Morrison back in training with QPR. SIGN HIM UP— Luke (@LukeAnthonyKett) January 27, 2017would love ravel morrison back #qpr— Wines (@Wines94) January 27, 2017Ravel Morrison – hearing all about this baggage….can’t remember the last time he got in trouble…or caused a manager an issue— Daniel D (@DoddsyBaby) January 27, 2017Holloway will get best out of Ravel. No doubting his talent & obviously likes the club to come back. Good deal. #QPR— Chris (@CRWorthing) January 27, 2017However, there were a few dissenting voices who were concerned about the midfielder’s perceived attitude problems.Personally I’d have no problem if #RavelMorrison never played for #QPR again #RightSor— QPR REPORT (@QPRReport) January 27, 2017I don’t think Ravel Morrison is a risk we need to be taking.#QPR— Deano Baggio (@DiscoDean7) January 26, 2017We’re about a year late in signing Ravel Morrison— Joshua Hodges (@Joshuaqpr) January 27, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Are Scientific Models Reductionist?

first_imgScientific models can be useful in science, as long as one is aware of their limitations.The Reductionism Fallacy: ExamplesA music critic described a Beethoven string quartet as “Horse’s hair scraping on cat’s gut.”  You are what you eat. (Have some more nuts/turkey/chicken.)  The human body is just carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, a little phosphorus and some trace minerals.  Marriage is just sex.  The Constitution is just a piece of paper.  A bird is an egg’s way of making another egg.  An organism is just a gene’s way of making another gene (Richard Dawkins)  Religion is just man’s attempt to explain mysterious phenomena, like lightning.  Human personality is the sum total of neurotransmitter interactions in the brain.  Thomas Hobbes: all social interactions, including ethics and morals, can be reduced to the search for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.  Evolutionary game theory: altruism and cooperation are artifacts of social interactions processed by natural and sexual selection; the principles are equally valid for bacteria, fruit flies and human beings  The ratomorphic fallacy (Arthur Koestler): treating humans like just another species of lab rat.  “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be” (Carl Sagan, Cosmos).Is Modeling Reductionist?A standard technique in scientific explanation is modeling, or reducing a complex phenomenon into idealized or simplified components that are more amenable to mathematical manipulation. Newton represented an orbiting body by a point mass, for instance, while working out the law of gravity. No scientific theory should be considered valid or complete, however, unless it can be reconciled with the real world to an acceptable degree of approximation that is both useful and falsifiable. The fallacy of reductionism lies in asserting that the subset represents the essence of the whole, and nothing else need be considered in the explanation: e.g., Thomas Hobbes’ view of man as merely a machine subject to physical laws. Clearly our bodies obey the law of gravity, but can our human qualities like honesty, rationality or altruism be reduced to material substances? In his view, yes – but then, such an assumption would undermine his own rationality, and consequently, the validity of his philosophical system (see self-referential fallacy). Note: From September 7 to 23, new articles on CEH will be sparse or non-existent while the Editor is on travel and speaking. Thanks for your patience.(Visited 295 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Charlton Athletic’s SA connection

first_img15 October 2004English Premier League club Charlton Athletic is home to two of South African football’s most loved exports, Mark Fish and Shaun Bartlett. The club’s South African connection goes further than that, though, extending all the way to Alexandra township in Johannesburg.Members of the Charlton Football in the Community scheme and the club’s community liaison department jetted into South Africa this week to follow up on work that began in the township in 2003.One of three projects initiated by the club was the training of 18 youth workers, police officers and teachers to be qualified football coaches – the first time the English Football Association’s Level One coaching course had ever been carried out outside England.According to Matt Wright, writing on Charlton Athletic’s website, those new coaches have been holding football sessions in Alexandra schools and youth clubs over the past 12 months.During the club’s latest trip, a further 20 students will complete the coaching course under the guidance of community scheme officers. Once they have qualified, they will be able to start and run community-based football clubs and leagues.Then there is a youth development programme that sees the Metropolitan Police teaming up with the South African Police Service and Bristol’s John Cabot Technical College from Bristol in bringing it to Alexandra. The course focuses on citizenship, health education and information technology.John Cabot looks after the third part of the programme. The college, as part of its ongoing charity work in conjunction with British Airways and Unicef, is working to empower township dwellers in literacy, computer technology, sewing and textiles.Charlton Athletic chairman Martin Simons, speaking from South Africa on Tuesday, said: “It’s another week of extremely hard work. We have got the first lot of 200 kids coming this afternoon, and in total we expect to see 1 000 youngsters this week.“When we left last year we were really hoping that things would take off in this township , and that’s exactly what has happened”, Simons said. “The coaches that we trained have seen more than 4 000 kids since we were last there, and it’s important to remember that they’re carrying out all of this work voluntarily – they’re not getting paid.“One of the big considerations in everything we do is whether or not the work is sustainable”, Simons said. “It seems so so far, and we want to be able to come back in five years’ time and discover that hundreds of thousands of children have received football coaching.”British Bank Barclays, whose chairman, Matt Barrett, is also visiting the country this week, is to host a special presentation event on Friday. According to Charlton’s website, “discussions are taking place to see if the company wants to become involved with the project, possibly as a sponsor”.Barclays is bidding to buy a majority stake in SA banking group Absa.Charlton Athletic’s Alexandra connection is part of the club’s “Red, White and Black” campaign that is into its second decade and targets racism.On 8 November 2003, Charlton celebrated its South African connection when the club tackled Fulham at The Valley on a day the club called South Africa Day.Speaking on the day, former Bafana Bafana player Mark Fish said that since joining Charlton, “I have been amazed at the extent of the club’s work in its community, and I am proud to support that work, both locally and back in my homeland.“It’s something that is very important to me because of the historical links between the club and South Africa and the community work that the club’s been doing over there.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more