Christians being left out

first_imgAS a public school teacher at the elementary level, I have followed with interest the recent court proceedings surrounding the Dover, Pa., intelligent design debate and the also-thwarted attempt in Lebec, Calif., to include intelligent design in its school curriculum as a short-term, elective class. America’s public schools have always been a testing ground for many of the major issues that torment society. This is due both to the public nature of our school system and to the inevitable multiculturalism that results from that public nature. How does the debate over evolution and intelligent design affect me and my second-grade students on a daily level? At the outset, let me say that I am a Christian who believes in the biblical creator God. I chose to teach at the second-grade level specifically so that I would not be required to teach evolution, since that topic does not readily come up in second grade. I have never taught any of my Christian beliefs to my students, but I always feel as though I am withholding a large part of who I am from them. In an era when there is a large push to encourage some subgroups to come out of their closets, there seems to be in public-school classrooms an equally large push to drive Christian students into one. Christian children are required to leave large portions of their inner selves and their home lives outside the classroom door. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant For example, I teach English language development for second-language learners from a state adopted textbook series called Avenues, published by Hampton-Brown. Unit Four is a multicultural social-studies unit titled, “Celebrate!” It opens with a big-book selection, “Day of the Dead,” a charmingly illustrated story about a holiday celebrated in Mexico. The student book continues with an excellently written piece called, “This Next New Year,” about a Chinese-American boy’s hopes that his family’s New Year’s celebration will bring him the luck he needs to turn his life around. It brings tears to my eyes when I read it each year with my class. After that is a poem about the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana, another poem about Kwanzaa and a third poem titled, “Mawlid Al-Nabi” by Karam Sperling. This poem ends with the lines, “We sing the praises of the Prophet Muhammad because it’s his birthday.” The unit ends with a poem and a story about July 4 and the Declaration of Independence. That is all. Now, most of my students are either Catholic or evangelical. Where are their Christian beliefs and experiences reflected in this unit? I couldn’t find them. Being ignored by a wall of silence is a form of discrimination. What does this have to do with intelligent design? I won’t address whether or not I.D. belongs in a science classroom (although I believe it does have a place there), but I do feel that there is plenty of room to teach it in a social studies or philosophy setting. The great value of teaching I.D. would be to leave a public door of discussion open for those hundreds of thousands of American students who believe in God. It would encourage students to compare data and conclusions drawn from those data, to apply logic to their consideration of data, to think for themselves and to formulate their thinking into words that could effectively communicate with others. The teaching of intelligent design in American classrooms would encourage discussion, debate, open-mindedness and cultural tolerance for others. Isn’t this traditionally what American public education has always been about? Christina Wilson teaches second grade in Fillmore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2016 National Honor and Awards Ceremony

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Today the TCI Government sent out an invitation to all media houses to come be a part of and capture the 2016 National Honor and Awards Ceremony, which will be held on October 10th on the Parade Grounds, Grand Turk, at 10:00 a.m.   Here is a list of the awards and the nominees:THE ORDER OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS – For service with distinction in any field of disciplineBasden, Marjorie, Mrs.Pratt, Sybil Ianthe, Mrs.THE PATRIOTIC AWARDCAYOS MEDAL – For demonstration of a keen sense of national consciousness and for rendering exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the peopleBrooks-Clare, Elaine, Mrs.Coalbrooke, Juanita S., Mrs.Robinson Austin Mr. OBEScott-Williams, Delphine I., Mrs.THE LONG SERVICE MEDAL – For outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty yearsAriza, Aswaldo M, Mr.Burton, Beatrice Ms.Durham, Kathleen, Mrs.Forbes, Elaine, Mrs.Gardiner, Enos, Mr.Gardiner Walter Snr., Mr.Houseman, Valeria, Mrs.Johnson, Lamuel, Mr.Jolly, Lillian, Mrs.Lightbourne, Claudius, Inspector.Mills, Debby-Lee, Ms.Mills, Madeline Ms.Misick, Charles W, The Hon.Outten, Carolyn Jean Mrs.Robinson, Aldora Mrs.Saunders, Norman W. HonSimmons, Sarah, Mrs.Skippings, Oswald O. Hon.Smith, Claudia Mrs.Swann, Susan Mrs.Taylor, Hugh Derek Hon.Taylor, Olga Mrs.Williams, Valeria Beatrice Ms.Wilson, Almaida V. Mrs.Wynns, Kathleen Mahalia Ms.THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL – For sacrificial and meritorious service in a field of service that is inherently challenging or for a brave or humane act in the islands or abroadForbes, Mary, Mrs.Malcolm, Hugh Dr.Williams-Gibbs, Ethlyn, Mrs.Williams, Norean Mrs.NATIONAL YOUNG ACHIEVER’S MEDAL – For Turks and Caicos Islanders between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the areas of culture, academics, performing arts and sports among othersClare, William Jude Duval, Mr.Forbes, Sanadia A.,Hillaire Darron Jr. Mr.Simmons, Dekkel, Mr.Simmons, Angel, Ms.Williams, Natalia Ms.Williams, Shanice Ms. Related Items:2016 honor and awards ceremony tcilast_img read more

France is working on a new space laser to blind rogue satellites

first_img Share your voice Military Space Comments French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly presents the government’s new plan Thursday. Emma Le Rouzic / Air Force While President Trump’s proposed US Space Force is held up on Capitol Hill, France’s military has its own plans to deploy weapons in space. French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly on Thursday laid out the country’s new space defense strategy, which includes deploying satellites with the means of disabling other satellites that pose a threat.”If our satellites are threatened, we intend to blind those of our adversaries,” Parly said, according to AFP. “We reserve the right and the means to be able to respond: that could imply the use of powerful lasers deployed from our satellites or from patrolling nano-satellites.”Last year, France accused Russia of flying one of its satellites a little too close to a French bird to spy on secure military communications.  Lieutenant Colonel Thierry Cattaneo explained that using lasers as a means of defense is preferable to destroying aggressor satellites and creating countless new pieces of hazardous debris in orbit. Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new space command within the country’s Air Force, an approach the White House is also working to implement in the US. Sci-Tech Tagslast_img read more

Heres why Huaweis motive to launch its HarmonyOS might fail

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COPY LINKAD Loading … HuaweiReutersHuawei, the Chinese smartphone manufacturing brand, has been witnessing a dramatic halt after the US government put a ban on US companies collaborating with the Chinese firms. This has led to a drastic setback for Huawei’s smartphone users who are denied the updates for their Android operating system.Curbing its way to find a solution and cutting down the dependency on foreign operating systems, Huawei had announced an independent operating system, Harmony OS on August 9. The company claims that the new OS is self-sufficient and can work at par with Android in all the smart devices produced by Huawei.The launch event of the OS presented some mind-boggling benchmarks that proved that Harmony OS provided its user with better performance and security than the Android and Google’s latest in-development Android operating system, Fuchsia OS. The announcement came as a relief for the Huawei users who were worried about their purchases and the credibility of their devices. HarmonyOS launchtwitterHowever, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, claimed that pushing the OS globally against the widely accepted Android has some setbacks. He further added that, if circumstances remain unfavourable then the company will roll out its independent OS to the global market, going head-to-head against Android.Though everything seems viable in terms of an estimated contextualisation, here are a few reasons stated by The Conversation that show why Harmony OS might not produce the expected results.Competition against Play StoreWith a rise in storage space and the boost in internet usage, smartphone users dependent mostly on applications for their day-to-day usage. An average user has a massive app count on its app board to fulfil all the requirements available online through the apps. The dependency of the users on the apps has resulted in luring the app developers to target the operating system with a large user base.Even if Huawei pushes all its users from the Android services to its new operating system, it will face a tough time to compete against Google’s App Store which integrates more than 2 million applications. Even if not theoretically, but Huawei will need massive alteration and finances to collaborate with the app developers to port their apps to the new operating system. HarmonyOSTwitterRichard Yu’s claims of providing the customers with a similar app-drawer within two days might not be viable to compete against the massive app store and keep it updated within the short time span. It would take more than a theoretical claim to prove the credibility of porting everything to the new operating frame.Transferring dataThe global internet boom has made the lives of people easier by making them dependent on the system to curate and organise their passwords, cloud drives, online banking links, photos, emails, and linked-logins. An email has become the vault to dump in all the precious details that run a user’s day-to-day requirements.Though cloning seems to be a trendy option, it works on the same operating system. So shifting all the data from one OS to the other is a tedious process and with no clue about the new operating system and the transfer apps allowed, it might enhance the problems in the data recovery process.As per the security and technical norms of Google and the tech ban on Huawei, it would not allow a seamless data porting to the users from HarmonyOS. It will also hold a barrier against the click-and-link login process by obtaining the credentials from the new operating system. This might create a hindrance for the user who would lose long sustained data. HarmonyOS launchTwitterAndroid is not the only problemHuawei’s struggle in the trade ban is not only against Google but against all US companies that include Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Paypal and of course eBay. These being the US companies cannot be simply ported to Harmony OS by paying the app developers a huge sum of money. There is a struggle that Huawei has to go through to gain special licenses to port them to their new operating system.Considering the rising trade tensions, Huawei might not find a loophole to gain the rights which is again a problematic situation for the company. Thus, one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers will be selling its expensive devices with an independent operating system that does not integrate the most used apps by its users.The problem beyondThus, Huawei amidst the trade ban has been trying to build its own technology against the barriers of privacy and data protection. Though it seems to be an act of creating its own benchmark to cut down its dependency on the biggest tech firms in the world, it is affecting its own telecoms equipment business globally.Building a new mobile operating system and handing over the declining market share of Apple to Huawei as retaliation against Apple are not the only means of solving the tensions. The current trend of exposure will put massive pressure on Huawei’s exports outside China. Huawei caught between US-China conflict The present scenario is only boosting the tensions between the two superpowers. Huawei is significantly retaliating against the US’s dominance in the technology sector. Tech advancement and dominancy being the only USP of the US, it will not surrender to the Chinese without giving them a hard blow. Thus, Huawei has to consider all possible situations that might kill the impact of the long-planned advancement for its mobile industry.last_img read more