Happy Darwin Day! Our 2018 Censor of the Year Is Wikipedia

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Free Speech Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin, aka Darwin Day, which we recognize each year as the occasion for naming a Censor of the Year, or COTY. As Darwin himself said, in a scientific context, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” But through intimidation and silencing of views counter to evolutionary orthodoxy, such a “fair result” is just what our Censor seeks to undermine.Thank you, readers, for your nominations. For 2018, we’ve chosen what is I think our best, or rather worst, COTY yet: the omnipresent online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. Let’s review the facts briefly.Intelligent design poses an ultimate question: Does nature offer evidence of purpose and design, or not? All thoughtful people must ask themselves that. Today, the natural first recourse for the questioning individual is to turn to Google. Looking up ID online will bring you immediately, the first entry, to the Wikipedia article. It commences with a lie:Intelligent design (ID) is a religious argument for the existence of God, presented by its proponents as “an evidence-based scientific theory about life’s origins”, though it has been discredited as pseudoscience.Actually, three lies. Here’s the truth: ID is a scientific not a religious argument. It is a theory of evolution, of why the forms of life originated and changed over the past 3.9 billion years. An alternative to the increasingly shaky neo-Darwinian theory of blind churning, it argues exclusively in scientific terms, never from religious authority. It’s an argument for design in biology and cosmology, not for the “existence of God.” Compatible with methodological naturalism, it candidly professes that science sheds no light on the source of the design in life, other than to say that source operates with purpose and forethought. And while it has certainly been attacked in scabrous terms, it hasn’t been “discredited.” Far from it. Even an atheist philosopher like Thomas Nagel concedes that ID poses a “fiendishly difficult” challenge.Yet anyone looking up ID on the Internet, or asking Amazon’s Alexa, which simply regurgitates Wikipedia, will be instantly turned off and likely give up investigating. That is, unless you already know how Wikipedia works, about the pseudonymous volunteer editors who run the place, with their axes to grind, standing ever ready, on a moment’s notice, to erase changes to pages they care about. The number of innocent people who have been misled by this article alone is beyond calculation.We’ve been aware of the problem, of course, for years. But the erasure of notable paleontologist Günter Bechly, after he came for ID, was the occasion of much discussion of censorship on the part of this ubiquitous source of information and disinformation, both here and among Darwinists and ID critics too. Another ID scholar, Walter Bradley, similarly saw his entry disemboweled.Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, who personally rejects intelligent design, has blasted the editors for the “appallingly biased” article on ID. He adds, “I completely despair of persuading Wikipedians of the error of their ways. I’m just officially registering my protest.”On the subject of Bechly, our view is echoed by ID critics including Alex Berezow, a founding editor of the popular news aggregator site Real Clear Science, by the Darwinist group blog Panda’s Thumb, and as far afield as the liberal, secular Israeli newspaper Haaretz.Berezow writes:If a respected scientist endorses a controversial view, should he or she be erased from history? The editors at Wikipedia think so, but only if the controversial opinion is one they personally dislike.That’s precisely what happened to a respected German paleontologist, Günter Bechly. His biography on Wikipedia has been deleted. Poof. Gone. It’s like he never existed….Dr. Bechly… is guilty of committing a thought-crime, and his sentence is to be purged from the Internet. This is deeply troubling, and any true free speech and free thought advocates should be alarmed.You go, Alex Berezow! This year’s COTY, compared to past winners (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), stands out for being widely recognized as a censor, not only by us. Wiki editors, behind their masks, also depart from the ways of past Censors in how frank they are, on their User pages, in admitting their biases.We struggled with whether to name Jimmy Wales, the encyclopedia’s other co-founder, as Censor. But the clowns, the masked mob, who do the actual “editing” win out for their tireless, frequently spiteful dedication to misleading the public. To solve the problem would require a massive rethinking of the entire concept behind Wikipedia. But like Larry Sanger, we despair of that.Fortunately, the public is increasingly sensitized both to fakery on the Internet (“fake news”) and agenda-driven behind-the-scenes shenanigans at online behemoths like Twitter and Facebook. And as we’ve pointed out, it’s not only ID that is misrepresented on Wikipedia. It can only be hoped that skepticism will spread, and drive Internet users to examine other sources and, yes, to think and read for themselves, without being led by the nose. TagsAlex BerezowAlexaAmazonCensor of the YearcensorshipFacebookfake newsfree speechGünter BechlyHaaretzintelligent designJimmy WalesLarry Sangermethodological naturalismNeo-DarwinismPanda’s ThumbReal Clear ScienceThomas NagelTwitterWalter Bradley,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Intelligent Design Happy Darwin Day! Our 2018 Censor of the Year Is WikipediaDavid [email protected]_klinghofferFebruary 12, 2018, 1:06 AM Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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Updated: Sharp and NEC to Merge Display Divisions Into Joint Venture

first_imgThis story has been updated to add a letter sent to NEC Display partners and customers.Below is the official press release from NEC Display today. Before you read it, here are my thoughts:Unlike nearly every merger in our industry’s history, this is a new display company that will be made up of two complementary brands in NEC and Sharp. Where Sharp is weak (no projectors and a limited display line nearly completely focused on LCD), NEC Display is strong. Likewise, Sharp brings NEC a decade-long history in interactive and collaboration displays and 8K. This new company should benefit both brands equally and become an even better supplier to the industry. I am not a fan of most of the mergers that have occurred in the display market’s history but, I am in this case!Todd Bouman, CEO of NEC Display Solutions America, contacted us to add, “We believe this joint venture will bring even greater value and benefits to our customers and partners by extending the state-of-the-art product portfolio together with a range of professional service offerings. With our joined forces, we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic opportunities under the new joint venture.”Here is the official release from NEC:NEC and Sharp Announce Joint Venture to Combine Display Solution BusinessesTokyo, March 25, 2020 – NEC Corporation (NEC, TSE: 6701) and Sharp Corporation (Sharp, TSE: 6753) have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp.NDS and Sharp are two market leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers.NDS is widely recognized as a leading global provider of visual technology and digital signage solutions for a variety of markets. With a comprehensive, solution-oriented portfolio and reputation as a provider of high-quality displays, NDS has a strong worldwide presence with a large number of global customers.Like NDS, Sharp is a worldwide developer of innovative business products, including professional and commercial displays, and advanced technologies like next generation 8K-Ultra High Definition monitors.“NEC offers one of the broadest visual solutions portfolios in the industry, and with a consultancy-led sales approach, NEC is recognized as a trusted advisor and total solutions provider,” said Hisatsugu Nakatani, President, NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. “This joint venture between Sharp and NEC Display Solutions will bring even greater value and benefits to customers and partners by extending our state- of-the-art product portfolios together with a range of professional service offerings. Sharp and NEC Display Solutions follow the same strategic approach to the future of visual solutions, focusing on superior customer satisfaction enabled by high quality products, sales leadership excellence and committed relationship building.”“The combination of Sharp’s and NDS’ international strengths is mutually complementary,” said Fujikazu Nakayama, Senior Executive Managing Officer, Sharp Corporation and BU President, Business Solutions BU. “We expect this agreement to result in a wide range of synergies, including economies of scale and business expansion in new categories, including an 8K+5G Ecosystem. Sharp believes that developing NDS as a joint venture with NEC will contribute to our business growth by enforcing our BtoB business and expanding sales.”Under the terms of the transaction, NEC will transfer 66% ownership of NDS to Sharp, and retain a 34% equity stake in the business. The joint venture will continue to provide NEC branded products. NEC will also continue to sell the joint venture’s products and solutions to its customers around the world. The transfer is scheduled to be concluded on July 1st, 2020.NEC Display sent the following letter out to its partners and customers the afternoon following the announcement:See related  Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America Intros New Collaboration/Interactive DisplayDear valued Partners and Customers,We are pleased to share the news with you that NEC Corporation and Sharp Corporation have agreed to create a joint venture by combining NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. (NDS), a subsidiary of NEC, with Sharp. The transfer is scheduled to close on July 1st, 2020.NDS and Sharp are two market-leading brands in the production and development of visual solutions. The Sharp-NEC joint venture will allow both companies to build upon their strengths and address the visualization needs of their global customers.We believe this joint venture will bring even greater value and benefits to our customers and partners by extending the state-of-the-art product portfolio together with a range of professional service offerings. With our joined forces, we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic opportunities under the new joint venture. We thank you for your continued business support and we look forward to continuing to provide you with the highest quality products, solutions and services in the industry. We are fully committed to support your business needs. Between now and when the joint venture is finalized on July 1st 2020, NEC Display Solutions will continue to operate as it does now. The principles we’ve been working under will continue as they have. After July 1st 2020, we will start to look at ways in which we can all benefit from the joint venture between these two companies. Both companies share an ethos in quality and innovation and synergetic plans will be announced in due course over the coming months. In the meantime, we will continue with business as usual albeit in more challenging circumstances within the current climate.Please learn more by visiting www.necdisplay.com or www.sharpusa.com.Sincerely yours,Todd Bouman President & CEO
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Stapley Corporate Center sells for $32.5M

first_imgBuchanan Street Partners, a Newport Beach-based real estate investor, has acquired Stapley Corporate Center, a two-building, Class A office property located at 1840 and 1910 South Stapley Drive in Mesa, Arizona. The acquisition reflects Buchanan Street’s continued investment strategy in the Phoenix area, a market where the firm has been an active buyer of commercial and multifamily assets. Stapley Corporate Center was purchased for $32.5 million from The DESCO Group, Inc., the original developer that built and has managed the property since 2007. The 180,000-square-foot property is 90 percent occupied with long-term leases in place, including tenants Cigna Healthcare and Wells Fargo.Chris Toci and Chad Little of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona represented the seller in the transaction, while Buchanan Street represented itself. Mark Gustin of Jones Lang LaSalle will handle leasing for the property.“This property will continue to attract top tenants seeking high-image office space in the East Valley, based both upon the quality of the building and the continued Phoenix recovery,” said Brian Payne, Vice President of Buchanan Street Partners. “The project benefits from a location adjacent to executive housing in Gilbert and is in close proximity to more than 2 million square feet of retail services in the immediate area.”Stapley Corporate Center has immediate access to Highway 60 and is near the border between Mesa and Gilbert, a city with the second highest household income in the Phoenix area and the highest concentration of graduate and professional degrees among western U.S. cities.The investment is part of Buchanan Street’s continued value-add investment strategy in the Phoenix area, a market where the investor now owns 1.4 million square feet of properties. Buchanan Street acquired two Phoenix area properties earlier this year, including Mesa Corporate Center, a 106,077-square-foot Class A office building in Mesa, and Vue Park West, a 260-unit luxury apartment community in Peoria, Arizona.In addition to investing in the Phoenix area, Buchanan Street has targeted Southern California, Houston, Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver, Colorado for acquisitions. The firm has recently added six new hires as it expands its growing investment and lending businesses.last_img read more

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Serna Releases Position Statement On Climate Change

first_imgMarco SernaFrom the Marco Serna for Congress Campaign:Española – Third Congressional District candidate Marco Serna has made public his position paper on Climate Change.While highlighting that climate change was very real and a threat to our survival, he rejects the “Green New Deal” proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three of his opponents in the 2020 Democratic Primary.“I join with the National AFL-CIO in opposing the Green New Deal. If the 10-year plan was implemented, it would have a devastating effect on New Mexico’s economy and the state budget,” Serna said. “It has the potential of ruining our cattle and dairy industry and bankrupting many small businesses. Even more compelling is the fact that it would eliminate the $934 million of gas and oil revenue that pays for our education system. Before I support any proposal, I have to be assured that the best interests of New Mexicans are protected. As written, The Green New Deal is a disaster to New Mexico.”Serna stated that he supported the New Mexico Transaction Act passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Lujan Grisham in 2019.Dubbed the “Mini Green New Deal,” Serna said, “This is the type of change that makes sense for New Mexico. By setting a goal of 100 percent carbon-free by 2045, we do our part in terms of climate change while protecting our economy and education system.”The national  “Green New Deal”  has a 10-year implementation period without providing any details about how oil and cattle producing states will be compensated. If enacted as written, it would devastate our economy and education system.Serna stated that he was in favor of many environmental initiatives, including:  Rejoining the Paris Climate Change Accord;Funding of research for carbon capture and storage plants;Investing in solar, wind, nuclear and renewable energy;Encouraging reforestation and better forest practices;Help fund a geothermal energy program in New Mexico;Supports gradual moving away from fossil fuels; andOpposes fracking.“I am sure that many of my friends in the environmental movement will be upset with my decision to oppose the ‘Green New Deal’,” Serna said in closing. “To me it’s simple, without more details and assurances of mitigation costs, I refuse to support any proposal that will devastate New Mexico’s economy and education system.”last_img read more

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Gators add to Gamecocks’ woes

first_imgUSC tight end Jerell Adams (89) goes up high for the catch against Florida defensive back Keanu Neal (42) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC tight end Jerell Adams (89) goes up high for the catch against Florida defensive back Keanu Neal (42) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) breaks a tackle by Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit (17) for the touchdown at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) breaks a tackle by Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit (17) for the touchdown at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC safety T.J. Gurley (20) celebrates with safety Isaiah Johnson (21) after intercepting a Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) pass in the end zone at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC safety T.J. Gurley (20) celebrates with safety Isaiah Johnson (21) after intercepting a Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) pass in the end zone at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC running back Brandon Wilds (22) works to get passed Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit (17) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC running back Brandon Wilds (22) works to get passed Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit (17) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. Following a 24-14 loss to No. 11 Florida in a front of a Williams-Brice crowd that was substantially less then the 78,536 announced, one thing has become clear.This USC team doesn’t have what it takes to compete against Southeastern Conference competition on a weekly basis.“I don’t really know how to explain it,” said Elliott. “It was kind of like the last two weeks. We got off to a slow start, the offense got off to a slow start. Then, late, we started to get back into it.”South Carolina will have its first losing record since 2003 and not participate in a bowl game for the first time since 2007.That has to be a bitter pill to swallow for a team that was convinced it had what it takes to challenge for the SEC East Championship.But, like one year ago, that dream was a bit grandiose. The only difference this season is Carolina has not figured out a way to turn the second half of the season around.With only games against The Citadel and Clemson remaining, USC will have to pull out everything it has internally to finish with any success.The Gamecocks attempted to give their fans that stayed around for the fourth quarter hope it could pull out a come-from-behind win.But, like the Texas A&M and Tennessee games that preceded it, USC’s rally was simply too little, too late.Until South Carolina made its fourth quarter run, it appeared the team had a chance to put up some of its lowest numbers in history on offense.It entered the final period with only 43 total yards, with just two coming on the ground.Spoiler Alert? Shot at Clemson only prize left for USCThe Gamecocks, behind quarterback Perry Orth and receiver Pharoh Cooper, gained 158 yards in the fourth quarter to end the game with 201.That was still far behind a Florida squad that hasn’t been known offensive prowess.It finished with 404 total yards.Elliott has done everything possible to kickstart the Gamecocks. He put them back in the black uniforms the team wore when it defeated Vanderbilt earlier in the season.The team also donned newly designed helmets.The bottom line for Carolina, however, is the external things can only go so far. Without talented players, the theatrics don’t make a difference.The Gators, who entered as the SEC’s Eastern Division Champions, exerted their dominance over USC from the start.They scored touchdowns on drives that took a combined 29 plays for 163 yards.Carolina was unable to put up a fight as it managed only 53 yards on 21 plays.Orth, who has displayed spurts of solid play, struggled mightily in the initial two quarters against the Gators.He completed five of 10 passes for 41 yards. He was sacked once and intercepted deep in USC territory.They are very talented,” Orth said of the Florida defense. “They did a good job against us. I just wish we could have started faster.”Orth finished completing 13 of 24 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown.Senior running back Brandon Wilds rushed for five yards on four attempts in the opening two periods and finished with 12 yards on eight carries.While the Gamecocks couldn’t manage anything offensively, Florida pounded USC with its ground attack and then hit key long passes.Nothing changed in the second half as the Gamecocks couldn’t get anything going, managing only 44 total yards through three quarters. Only three of those came on the ground.The Gamecocks have had their moments since Elliott took over. But, for the most part, they haven’t been good enough to produce victories.USC revisited Steve Spurrier’s playbook for its only touchdown of the game when Cooper hit Orth for a 17-yard touchdown on an end around in the fourth quarter.A long Kelvin Taylor jaunt, followed by a one-yard touchdown run by him with 2:01 remaining, ended the Gamecocks hopes of potentially posting the come-from-behind win.“This has been the story of our football team that last few weeks,” said Elliott. “We don’t start off very quick, but we finish strong and today wasn’t any different.” USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) tries to get out of bounds at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) tries to get out of bounds at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC defensive end Gerald Dixon (44) takes down Florida running back Jordan Scarlett (25) behind the line at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC defensive end Gerald Dixon (44) takes down Florida running back Jordan Scarlett (25) behind the line at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) launches a touchdown pass against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) launches a touchdown pass against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) pulls in a late fourth quarter touchdown pass from USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) pulls in a late fourth quarter touchdown pass from USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) breaks a tackle by Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit (17) for the touchdown at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) breaks a tackle by Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit (17) for the touchdown at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite (32) makes the catch and marches in for the touchdown against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite (32) makes the catch and marches in for the touchdown against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.center_img USC running back David Williams (33) fumbles after getting hit by Florida defensive back Marcus Maye (20) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC running back David Williams (33) fumbles after getting hit by Florida defensive back Marcus Maye (20) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) stiff-arms USC linebacker T.J. Holloman (11) and gets the first down at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) stiff-arms USC linebacker T.J. Holloman (11) and gets the first down at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC defensive end Marquavius Lewis (8) lays a big hit on Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC defensive end Marquavius Lewis (8) lays a big hit on Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC defensive end Darius English (5) sacks Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) late in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC defensive end Darius English (5) sacks Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) late in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.COLUMBIA – Shawn Elliott has pulled out all the stops since taking over as South Carolina’s interim head coach. USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) has to tuck the ball and run but is quickly stopped by Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC quarterback Perry Orth (10) has to tuck the ball and run but is quickly stopped by Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (4) celebrates after making a big third down stop against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (4) celebrates after making a big third down stop against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC tight end Jerell Adams (89) catches a screen pass for the first down against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC tight end Jerell Adams (89) catches a screen pass for the first down against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC defensive end Gerald Dixon (44) celebrates after a tackle for a loss against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC defensive end Gerald Dixon (44) celebrates after a tackle for a loss against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015. USC wide receiver Matrick Belton (15) makes a big catch but takes a big hit from two Florida defenders at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC wide receiver Matrick Belton (15) makes a big catch but takes a big hit from two Florida defenders at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.last_img read more

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Broadwells announce $1 million commitment to scholarships for WCU students

first_imgWhen Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher and wife Susan Brummell Belcher announced a $1.23 million commitment to the university’s efforts to provide enhanced scholarship support for WCU students, they did so in hopes of inspiring others to follow suit.Mission accomplished. Just 16 days after that Oct. 12 announcement, retired banking executive F. Edward Broadwell Jr. and wife Donna Allsbrook Broadwell found themselves so moved by the Belchers’ actions that they have made their own commitment to WCU’s fundraising campaign to the tune of $1 million for scholarships.Announcement of the pledge, a blend of cash donations and an estate gift, came Saturday, Oct. 28, as Ed Broadwell, former chair of the WCU Board of Trustees, accepted the university’s Distinguished Service Award as part of Homecoming 2017 activities.“I truly believe that higher education is the great equalizer and the key to upward individual economic mobility. I truly believe that Western Carolina University – through the well-educated graduates that it produces – is vital to the social and economic development of Western North Carolina,” Broadwell said.“Donna and I agree with David and Susan Belcher that higher education is the stuff of the American dream, as the chancellor puts it. That is why Donna and I have decided to increase our financial support for this incredible university – and for the students who are the heart and soul of this place, who represent the future of our region and our state,” he said.Belcher said the gift announcement serves as a shining example of the type of leadership, service and sacrifice that are characteristic of recipients of the university’s Distinguished Service Award.“This announcement reveals Ed Broadwell’s true colors,” Belcher said. “At an event to honor his long record of service to Western Carolina University, Ed, once again, demonstrates his steadfast belief in the power of higher education to improve the lives of the people of Western North Carolina, a region he dearly loves. The support he and Donna are providing to our university will be felt by many future generations to come with this transformative gift.”An Asheville resident, Broadwell retired as HomeTrust Bank’s chief executive officer in 2013, but he continues to be associated with the bank as chief executive officer emeritus. A longtime supporter of WCU and the other two University of North Carolina system institutions located in the mountains, he was elected to the UNC Board of Governors and served on that body from 1995 until 2007. He then served on the UNC Tomorrow Commission and was elected to the WCU Board of Trustees in 2009. His terms on the WCU board continued through June of this year and included two years as chairman. He and Donna Broadwell joined forces with HomeTrust Bank in 2015 to create a fund to provide significant scholarship assistance annually to deserving WCU students from the region.Their latest gift, in support of the Ed and Donna Broadwell Endowed Scholarship, will provide significant scholarship assistance annually to deserving students who are graduates of public high schools in WNC, with preference given to residents of Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson counties.“Thank you, Ed, and thank you, too, Donna. Just as the Belchers have inspired you to make this transformative gift to Western Carolina University, so you are inspiring others to do likewise,” Robin Parton Pate, president of the WCU Alumni Association, said at the gift announcement. “Ed, you have given your time and your talent to WCU through your service on the system’s Board of Governors and this institution’s Board of Trustees. And Ed and Donna, you both have previously given of your treasure. Today, you are increasing your investment in the students of Western Carolina University, which also is an investment in the future of the Western North Carolina region you so deeply love.“I feel confident that many other friends and alumni of this university will follow your lead and help continue the great forward momentum that you are building at Western Carolina,” Pate said.WCU is in the preliminary “leadership” stage of its Lead the Way fundraising campaign. Organizers of the campaign from the university’s Division of Advancement will reveal more details about the public phase of the effort in early 2018. For information, visit the website give.wcu.edu.last_img read more

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Don’t Get Lost in the Weeds – Monet’s Garden Redux

first_imgI wanted to share a follow up to the idea of finding meaning in your work. Specifically, I wanted to comment on some of the feedback I received about the gap between formal performance evaluations and ratings – and the intrinsic satisfaction that comes with finding meaning in your work.Many people find meaning outside the day job, and that is, perhaps, more important than an endless search for meaning in the day job.We live in a time of great change. Decades ago, the pundits predicted that by this time, we would live a life of leisure. Advances in technology would give us more leisure time and we would all be enjoying more time with family, in nature, and free from financial concerns.It seems that the opposite might be true. We are shackled to our mobile devices, constantly checking work status.However, this same technology has helped liberate us and make us more mobile. While we may not be free enough to find a full time job pulling lilies in Monet’s pond, we may be able to leverage mobile technology to cut out early from work to lead a docent tour at our local gardens, or to attend a child’s sporting event.Our annual performance evaluation captures an assessment of our “day job”, but is not an assessment of who we are as human beings. A part time or volunteer job weeding Monet’s garden is still something that can speak to our soul as human beings.Managers are busy with the day to day tasks at hand. Individuals are caught up on the treadmill. It’s hard for either to step back and see the big picture. HR professionals can look at the overall health of the organization and help people find meaning – if not in their work – then in their lives.Finding balance in life is something that goes back to the Stoics, if not earlier – and has shown up in work life throughout history.Weeding Monet’s Garden is not an all-or-nothing gig – we can all find elements of meaning in our work, and we can stitch that together with work we do outside our day job – outside the scope of our annual performance evaluation – to bring our human strengths to make a difference in the world….I like to think that HR professionals have a unique perspective and can offer advice to help organizations and their members find balance, find meaning, and make a real difference in the world.In response to comments on the Weeding piece, I realize that it’s not about finding meaning in your work, it’s about finding meaning in your life – even if that means your pulling weeds in Monet’s garden on your day off from your accounting job.Having an impact is what matters.last_img read more

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4 coaches, Adidas executive charged in college bribe scheme

first_imgRobredo: 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him.Person, associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.Prosecutors said Person accepted about $91,500 in bribes from Blazer last year to steer clients to him when they reached the NBA. Some payments were alleged to have been arranged by Michel, a former NBA referee turned high-end clothier.Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: “The most important part is that you … don’t say nothing to anybody … don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important ’cause this is a violation … of rules. But this is how the NBA players get it done.”Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ These file photos show, assistant basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. The three, along with assistant coach Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, were identified in court papers and are among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Bland appeared in court in Tampa, Florida, wearing handcuffs and ankle chains. He said little during a brief hearing other than to answer the judge’s questions and did not enter a plea.Richardson appeared in court in Tucson, Arizona, where he was set for release on $50,000 bond. His lawyer declined to comment.Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest anextraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA. Kim noted a special FBI hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their “enormous influence” to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.Most if not all of the 10 defendants were under arrest. Lawyers for Gatto and two of the coaches did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was unclear whether Evans had an attorney.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Adidas said it was unaware of any misconduct by an employee and vowed to fully cooperate with authorities.Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced a 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer.The player’s name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the allegations “come as a complete shock to me.”The development comes as Louisville is appealing a four-year NCAA probation over a scandal involvingescorts hired for players and recruits. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.In court papers Tuesday, the FBI said it recorded a July meeting at which an assistant coach at Louisville was briefed on a plan to funnel thousands of dollars to a potential high school recruit. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation.“We gotta be very low key,” said the coach, according to the FBI.Investigators said agents wiretapped a call in which Gatto and another defendant discussed an unidentified coach at Miami requesting that Adidas pay as much as $150,000 to another recruit, in part to prevent him from accepting a similar offer from a rival apparel company.Louisville interim President Gregory Postel confirmed the university has been informed it is part of the investigation and said, “Any violations will not be tolerated.”Miami said it will cooperate with authorities, while USC said it appointed former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.The investigation began after Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser to pro athletes, began cooperating with authorities in 2014. Blazer, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of taking money from clients without permission, pleaded guilty this month to fraud and other crimes. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as$150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingProsecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave. 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Tourism Minister Lauds Travel Agents

first_imgMinister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has lauded travel agents for their contribution towards the increase in the number of visitors to the island last year.Speaking at the 16th Annual USA Travel Agents Golf Tournament awards ceremony, held at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on September 15, the Minister said that last year, tourism earned more for Jamaica in foreign exchange than in the previous five years.“Similarly, in the single year, we brought more visitors in… than the accumulated increment of visitors for the five years before. All these accomplishments were because of you, and that’s why it is so important for us to let you know how deeply we feel about what you have been doing for Jamaica and how you have helped us over the period,” Mr. Bartlett told the travel agents.He also highlighted that the travel agents indirectly aided in keeping the job market alive, as “11,000 more jobs were created in the sector last year”.Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett commended Sandals Resort International and the other hotels for their contribution to making Jamaica a preferred destination among tourists.The annual golf tournament seeks to foster camaraderie among travel agents from the United States of America and hoteliers, and culminates yearly with an awards ceremony to honour outstanding agents.last_img read more

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