Young Laois young musicians perform for government leaders

first_img Facebook Facebook By Siun Lennon – 9th October 2018 TAGSMusic Generation Laois Council Pinterest Twitter Twitter Community WhatsApp Home News Community Young Laois young musicians perform for government leaders NewsCommunity Young Laois young musicians perform for government leaders Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble led by Catriona McKay and Siobhan Buckley at the Music Generation Laois, New Works Series in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.Picture: Alf Harvey/ Members of Music Generation Laois have been given the honour to perform for leaders in education at major conference in Farmleigh House.On Monday, October 8 2018, 13 young musicians from Music Generation Laois travelled to Dublin to perform at a major conference hosted by the Department of Education and Skills in the official Irish State guest house.The conference was attended by members of the Department of Education and Skills, along with representatives from the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI), an international education group.Performing on the night was the 11-member Trad Group, a representation from the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, which was established just over two years ago under the direction of musicians Siobhán Buckley and Paul Finn.These exceptional young ambassadors were invited to share their musical talent with guests as part of the conference. The group performed a spectacular set that they worked on with Guest Musician Ernestine Healy during the Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School earlier this year.The first tune was composed by Ernestine, and the second was a traditional song: ‘The Pleasure Will Be Mine,’ which was originally introduced to the group by Laois-based traditional singer Aine McGeeney.Performing for the TaoiseachTo date, members of the ensemble have also performed at national and international events including The Ireland Funds Worldwide Conference 2017 (Powerscourt Estate), for An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Dublin Castle, and for President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.The young musicians have also collaborated with esteemed traditional Irish musicians to compose new works, including with Martin Tourish (Altan) and Ryan Molloy. They are among some 3,500 children and young people who are given the opportunity each year to receive regular music tuition through Music Generation Laois, across a broad range of musical genres and styles.The young musicians included: Molly Donnery (harp/vocals), Izzy Donnery (bodhran), Aedin Lowry (bodhran), Naoise Kettle (fiddle), Eimear Murphy (fiddle/vocals), Aoibhe Kettle (harp), Tara Fahey (flute/vocals), Caragh LaCumber, Maeve Scott (concertina), Ellen Scott (fiddle), Siobhan (concertina), Conal Nevin (accordion) and Aoibhinn O Connor.SEE ALSO – ‘Atlantic Bomb’ could be coming our way, according to Midlands weather forecaster Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Previous articleREVEALED: Laois Divisional squads announced ahead of upcoming competitionNext article‘Massive buzz’ for 12 Acres following big food awards win Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding last_img read more

Korda tops Lewis in Bahamas for second LPGA title

first_imgPARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Jessica Korda won the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second tour title, holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke. The 20-year-old Korda closed with a 7-under 66 for a 19-under 273 total on Atlantis Resort’s Ocean Club course. Lewis parred the final four holes – two of them par 5s – for a 66. Korda tied Lewis for the lead with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th, then got up and down for birdie on the par-5 18th. Korda’s 4-iron approach on 18 scampered through the green to the fringe just short of the grandstand. With an official and a TV announcer holding up cords that would have interfered with her stroke, she putted under the wires to set up the winning birdie. ”That was different,” Korda said. ”It was like jump rope.” She admitted she was nervous on the winning putt. ”Incredible!” Korda said. ”I could barely put the ball down and line up.” The 2012 Women’s Australian Open winner, Korda recently started working with swing coach Grant Price. She struggled with her swing last year and felt that it led to some injuries in her left shoulder and wrist. ”I’m really just trying to hit good golf shots and get that swing down,” Korda said. Price, Hall of Famer Nick Price’s nephew, is fighting testicular cancer. Korda’s father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open tennis tournament and her mother, Regina Raichrtova also was a professional tennis player. Korda earned $195,000 and is projected to jump from 40th to 26th in the world ranking. Lewis birdied six of the first eight holes, then dropped a stroke on the par-4 ninth. She birdied the par-5 11th and par-4 14th to reach 18 under, but closed with four straight pars. On the 18th, her flop shot from short of the green came up short and her 15-foot birdie try stopped inches from the cup. Paula Creamer, paired with Korda all four days, had a 69 to tie for third with Na Yeon Choi, Lizette Salas and Pornanong Phatlum at 16 under. Phatlum finished with a 67, Salas had a 71, and Choi shot 72. Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old New Zealander making her first start as an LPGA Tour member, had a 68 to tie for seventh at 15 under. She won the Canadian Women’s Open the last two years as an amateur.last_img read more

Why scrambling Spieth is perfect for The Open

first_imgPORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Even when he was at his best, Jordan Spieth never could shake the perception that he was a scrappy grinder who rode a scorching-hot putter to the top of the world. And, sure, sometimes that was accurate. But in 2017, when he won The Open at Royal Birkdale, Spieth was statistically the second-best ball-striker on the planet, and so he was able to effectively play the ball through the air on the windswept links, knocking down enough flags to turn a late deficit into a resounding win. There hasn’t been much to celebrate since: The Open was his last worldwide victory, and to see him traversing all corners of Royal Portrush this week is to realize that he’s not particularly close to recapturing that 2017 form. And yet, here he is, three shots off the lead after a Friday 67 at The Open, a performance that so far is vintage Spieth. His play through 36 holes has been a masterclass in creativity, producing birdies and saving par despite finding pot bunkers and the hay on seemingly every hole. “At some point I’d like to be playing off the short grass this week,” he said. Full-field scores from the 148th Open Championship Full coverage of the 148th Open Championship But this isn’t anything new for Spieth. He’s ranked 189th in driving accuracy this season. Consequently, he’s 183rd in greens hit. Which is why he’s 43rd in scoring average and 75th in FedExCup points and winless in the past 24 months – career worsts, all of them. “I’ve spent a decent amount of time in some pretty bad spots this season,” Spieth said, “so maybe that’s helping a little bit (here).” So, too, is the unique challenge of links golf. It’s no coincidence that his best chances to win over the past year have come in this championship. Last year he somehow played his way into the final group on Sunday, but he was ultimately exposed on the final day at Carnoustie, carding a birdie-less 76. This week he’s found just 39 percent of the fairways through two rounds, well below the field average, but he’s still inside the top 10. Why? Because Spieth is finally focused on feel, not the technical aspects of his reconstituted swing, which must seem therapeutic after a year in which he’s worked harder than ever (sometimes fruitlessly) with coach Cameron McCormick. Even without a swing he can fully trust, Spieth can contend by relying on his artistic ability, golf IQ and major-championship pedigree – all of which were on display during an adventurous even-par back nine that kept Spieth in the tournament. There was the sporty sand save on No. 13. From a short-sided spot left of the 14th green, he played a daring flop shot over a bunker and steep, shaved bank to 8 feet. A hole later, he never saw the fairway but still got up and down out of a tiny greenside bunker. On the short 17th, he missed his line off the tee by a few yards, his ball diving into rough so thick that he had to crouch down just to identify his ball. He hacked out with a wedge, but the shot was played so deftly that his ball landed on the green, caught the back slope and funneled toward the cup, settling 10 feet away. “I posted a score that was pretty incredible from where I played my second shots from,” he said. Your browser does not support iframes. That type of scrambling is unsustainable over the next two days, and Spieth knows that better than anyone. Open tests, he said, “favor you if you’re really striking the ball beautifully,” and that wouldn’t be the way you’d describe his long game, neither this week nor this year. But of the players ahead of Spieth on the leaderboard, only one (Justin Rose) has won a major. No one possesses his sublime short game or putting. No one – not even Brooks Koepka – has been in contention as often over the past four years. That gives Spieth hope, despite his ongoing search for a swing. “I need to be looking at the positives of the history of this tournament and my history in major championships versus focusing on anything else,” he said. “If I can walk tall, knowing there’s very few people who have been in this situation contending in the weekend in majors as many times as I have, that’s certainly a boost of confidence for myself. That’s going to be the mentality.”last_img read more

The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

first_img ← Online News Association MJ Bear Fellowships The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants +1 Similar Stories Tweet LinkedIn 0 April 26, 2013 Published by turpis Share 0 Deadline: 17 September, 2013Open to: individuals and organisations to organise public engagement events in ecologyGrant: the maximum award of £2,000DescriptionThe British Ecological Society encourages its members and others to promote ecological science to a wide audience.The Society defines ecology as the scientific study of the distribution, abundance and dynamics of organisms, their interactions with other organisms and their physical environment. It is therefore essential that applications promote and engage the public with the science of ecology. Grants will not be awarded for purely nature conservation purposes or any activity that does not promote the science of ecology.ObjectivesTo support projects that:Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecologyStimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for societyInspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interestedDevelop skills in communicating the science of ecology.EligibilityAwards are open to individuals and organisations to organise public engagement events in ecology. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the BES, researchers, schools, museums, libraries and community groups.Applications will not be considered for:Staff salariesPurchase of apparatus, including computers, cameras etc., unless these are integral to the application.Applications from museums and schools are welcome but projects must involve significant outreach beyond schools. Projects aimed solely at delivering curriculum to school children will not be considered.GrantThe maximum award is £2,000. However, the award may be used as part-funding for larger projects involving other sponsors.How to applyApplications for this grant must be made using the BES  online application formThe deadline for applications is 17 September, 2013.The Official Website Pocket Reddit Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Slovak Scholarships for Developing Countries →last_img read more

The Best Fort Riley Schools: Daycare – High School (2021 Edition)

first_imgThe appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. IntroductionStarting over at a new duty station is challenging. You have to secure housing, find your way around a new area, and figure out where to send your kids for school or figure out what daycares or preschools are right for your children. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality education and childcare options for your children in and around the Fort Riley area. See for yourself.Suggested Read: Fort Riley: In-Depth Welcome Center Kansas School EnrollmentTo be enrolled in a Kansas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 31 of the current school year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Visit the Kansas Department of Education website for more information. Check with individual schools for additional enrollment requirements prior to arriving.Schools in Fort RileyElementary school-age children living on post can choose from several elementary schools and one middle school on Fort Riley, all part of Geary County Schools. You will also be able to find more information about registration requirements and policies for new students. The on-post elementary schools and middle school at Fort Riley are convenient for military families and feed into other schools in the Geary County Schools district. High school students attend Junction City High School, about six miles from the installation. There are special resources available for military families with children attending any of the Geary County Schools. Reach out to your School Liaison Officer for help.Fort Riley Elementary Schools1. Fort Riley Elementary School28000 Rifle Range RoadFort Riley, KS 66442Phone: 1 (785) 717-4450Fort Riley Elementary School enrolls roughly 450 kindergarten through fifth grade students every year. It’s an above-average school as far as academics go, with the percentage of students achieving math and reading/language arts proficiencies are well above the state average. The elementary school offers the basic subjects all children need to learn (addition, reading, writing, etc.) with art, music, and physical education as well.2. Morris Hill Elementary School4400 First Division RoadFort Riley, KS 66442Phone: 1 (785) 717-4650Morris Hill Elementary School enrolls about 200 pre-K through fifth grade students every year. The elementary school offers smaller class sizes, with an 11 to 1 student-teacher ratio. The school exceeds all state standards for math and reading/language arts proficiencies. The Fort Riley school also offers music programs and opportunities to learn about coding, robotics, and virtual reality in the technology hub at the school library.3. Seitz Elementary School2700 Rifle Range RoadFort Riley, KS 66442Phone: 1 (785) 717-6500Seitz Elementary School serves more than 620 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The school is named for Lt. Gen. Richard Seitz, a Kansas native who led a battalion of paratroopers during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. The diverse school exceeds all state proficiencies in math and reading/language arts and has a library that boasts over 12,000 books. Seitz students pride themselves on being super readers who read at least 25 minutes every day!4. Ware Elementary School6795 Thomas Ave.Fort Riley, KS 66442Phone: 1 (785) 717-4500Ware Elementary School enrolls roughly 525 kindergarten through fifth grade students every year. Ware was rated as one of the top 30% of all schools in Kansas based on its math and reading proficiency testing scores. The school also offers an extensive music program where students perform multiple times of the year for parents and community members. Students can benefit from an average student to teacher ratio of 14 to 1.Fort Riley Middle School1. Fort Riley Middle School4022 1st Division RoadFort Riley, KS 66442Phone: 1 (785) 717-4500Fort Riley Middle School is an award-winning school and an AVID Highly Certified site. The school enrolls roughly 600 sixth through eighth graders. The middle school has plenty of options for students who want to get involved with athletics: cross country, volleyball and football in the fall; basketball and wrestling during winter months and golf, tennis and track during the spring semester. Students benefit from small class sizes and teachers who emphasize academics and a student’s overall well being.Fort Riley High SchoolAll high schools are off post and listed below.Schools Near Fort RileyFamilies that choose to live in off-post housing will need to enroll in schools within their associated district. Public school districts generally don’t allow out-of-district enrollment. There is one public school district near Fort Riley, in Geary County.Geary County Schools DistrictGeary County Schools123 N. Eisenhower DriveJunction City, KS 66441Phone: 1 (785) 717-4000Geary County Schools serves nearly 7,500 students and their parents of Junction City, Fort Riley, Grandview Plaza, and Milford. The district has 13 elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an early childhood center to meet the needs of the 32,000 residents of Geary County. Many students have ties to nearby Fort Riley so the district offers military transition services to make things as easy as possible for transferring students.Elementary Schools Near Fort RileyWestwood Elementary School1600 N. Eisenhower DriveJunction City, KS 66441Phone: 1 (785) 717-4150Westwood Elementary School is practically right outside of Fort Riley’s main entrance and is just down the street from the county’s only public high school. The elementary school provides quality education for close to 300 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The diverse school has a lower than average student to teacher ratio of 12 to 1. Students also benefit from an extensive library and music programs.Middle Schools Near Fort RileyJunction City Middle School700 Wildcat LaneJunction City, KS 66441Phone: 1 (785) 717-4400Junction City Middle School enrolls nearly 1,000 sixth through eighth grade students. The middle school students are split into teams, three for each grade level. The teams of students and teachers help foster strong relationships and provide more one-on-one attention. The students also benefit from an array of athletic programs at the school: cross country, football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, bowling, tennis, golf, and track.High Schools Near Fort RileyJunction City High School900 N. Eisenhower DriveJunction City, KS 66441Phone: 1 (785) 717-4200Junction City High School is a military-connected school that is organized around the concepts of smaller learning communities. The school offers four academies: Business Information Technology, Science Engineering Technology, Fine Arts/Human Service, and the Freshman Success Academy. The JCHS Career Academies are structured around the 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters. As the local high school serving the Fort Riley community, the school also offers an Army JROTC Program.Charter Schools Near Fort RileyCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students, and have open enrollment. There is a list of 10 charter schools that are nearby Fort Riley; however, there is only one that is about an hour drive each way. For more information about the charter schools in Kansas, visit the Kansas State Department of Education’s website.1. Hope Street Charter Academy1900 SW Hope St.Topeka, KS 66604Phone: 1 (785) 438-4280Private schools near Fort RileyParents who choose to send their children to a private school near Fort Riley are met with a handful of options. All of the private schools in the area have a religious affiliation but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, these are some of the best private schools in the Geary County area.1. Apostolic Academy2512 Rucker RoadJunction City, KS 66441Phone: 1 (785) 238-6413Apostolic Academy offers small class sizes and focused learning for its approximately 120 students in pre-K through 12th grade. The pentecostal-affiliated academy receives high marks in diversity, academics, clubs and activities, and sports.2. St. Francis Xavier Catholic School200 N. Washington St.Junction City, KS 66441Phone: 1 (785) 238-2841St. Francis Xavier Catholic School holds its 150 pre-K through 12th grade students to a high academic and moral standard. The dual-accredited Catholic school boasts small class sizes of around 10 students per classroom.Daycares near Fort RileyLeaving your child in someone else’s care is not an easy decision. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on and Yelp and visiting a few options when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. Or, if you’re looking to secure childcare on post at Fort Riley, there are different options to choose from. On-post child care centers offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care for your child.ConclusionMoving every few years can be difficult for you and your child but ensuring your child’s education is taken care of right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of educational options near (and on) Fort Riley to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down the choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding some of that famous Kansas BBQ to try out or visiting new places.last_img read more

USA Triathlon 2010 Elite National Champs to air on VERSUS

first_img Related For the first time ever, multisport fans can watch top triathletes in the US take aim at a national title when VERSUS televises the 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships on Thursday 14 October, from 16:00-18:00 EDT.The September 25 event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be aired via tape-delay on the sports cable network and will feature nearly 70 top men’s and women’s American triathletes. Veteran Olympic and Tour de France broadcaster Craig Hummer will call the action, while 2004 US Olympic triathlete Barb Lindquist will report directly from the course.“We’re thrilled that VERSUS will televise the 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships for our members, as well multisport fans across the country,” said Chuck Menke, USA Triathlon Director of Marketing & Communications.“This represents the first-ever television broadcast of a USA Triathlon National Championship event to a nationwide audience. We’d also like to thank the United States Olympic Committee for being instrumental in this process.”VERSUS, in more than 75 million US homes, is available to every cable provider, as well as on DirecTV (channel 603) and Dish Network (channel 151) www.versus.comlast_img read more

Plant-based food brand targets endurance athletes with Challenge Cape Town sponsorship

first_img Related Challenge Cape Town, Cape Town’s first middle distance triathlon, which took place on Sunday, 10 November, became one of the first sporting events of its size in South Africa to be sponsored by a plant-based food brand.Popular South African vegan brand, The Fry Family Food Co, signed up as the event’s official food sponsor, and Fry’s products were available over the race weekend at the event’s Welcome Function at the Castle of Good Hope, as well as at the Finish Village at Cape Town High School.“One of the greatest challenges of any athlete is feeding your body with quality nutrition to yield the best performance,” said Challenge Cape Town Race Director, Gary Marescia. “Collaborating with The Fry Family Food Co is a natural fit, because they understand the important combination of eating for sustained energy, while also making sustainable food choices.“As a family business, Fry’s also perfectly aligns with our own values, so we are excited to welcome them to the Challenge family.”Since 1991, family owned business Fry’s has focused on creating a ‘range of top-quality and delicious plant-based products that can hold their own alongside their meat counterparts.’ The brand is now available in 28 countries in over 30,000 outlets.Tammy Fry is one of the driving forces behind Fry’s and has been at the helm of the company’s marketing for over a decade. An avid crossfitter and multiple SA national karate champion, Tammy is ‘passionate about sustainably fuelling her active lifestyle in the healthiest way possible.’ As the director of Meat Free Mondays Australia and South Africa, she actively advocates for a reduction in animal product consumption which is seen as one of the major solutions to unsustainable food choices, global warming and animal cruelty.Tammy Fry said, “While there are many assumptions and myths around plant-based eating (especially in the sports nutrition space), the vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more mainstream. Some of the best sports people in the world are embracing a plant-based diet because they have seen and felt the benefits firsthand.“With this in mind, I am thrilled we have the opportunity to expose some of the world’s strongest triathletes to plant-based foods and their health benefits through this sponsorship.”Challenge Cape Town is the newest addition to the Challenge Family’s global triathlon calendar. The men’s race was won by Pablo Dapena in a time of 3:46:48. The Spaniard finished approximately 90 seconds ahead of Steven McKenna (Australia) in second place, with Matt Trautman (SA) coming in third. The women’s race belonged to Emma Pallant (UK), who took a convincing win in 4:14:51 – seven minutes faster than Annah Watkinson (SA), and almost 10 minutes ahead of British pro Laura Siddall.www.challenge-cape-town.comwww.fryfamilyfood.comlast_img read more

Over 100,000 Unsafe Airbags On New Mexico Vehicles

first_imgIn New Mexico, more than 100,000 recalled Takata airbags remain on the road in vehicles representing 19 vehicle manufacturers. A recall awareness campaign is underway to help stress the urgent need to have these defective airbags repaired. In addition to official recall notice letters sent directly from vehicle manufacturers, owners are receiving notification through postcards, emails, social media, and other forms of communication urging them to contact their dealer to schedule an appointment for a free recall repair. “In September of 2013, l was driving home when a vehicle pulled out in front of me. Our cars collided. The airbag deployed. But instead of protecting me, its inflator ruptured, shooting a piece of metal into my right eye. I suffered a serious injury and my vision will never be the same,” said Stephanie Erdman, victim of defective Takata airbag inflator. “I urge you to go online to check if your car’s Takata airbag inflators have been recalled. Trust me, even waiting a day to bring your vehicle in for the recall repair could be the difference between life and death.” Affected vehicles include those made by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Dealerships around the country have replacement parts available, and the free recall repair should take about one to a few hours depending on vehicle make and model. “More than 17 million airbags recalled have not been repaired,” said Patrick Juneau of Juneau was appointed by a Federal court in Florida to administer an outreach program aimed at repairing these defective airbags. “Unfortunately, many consumers are not taking immediate action, either because they have been ignoring safety recall notices, or do not understand the severity of the situation.” SAFE AIRBAGS News:, an organization notifying owners about this urgent airbag safety recall, is urging owners and drivers of affected vehicles to immediately schedule an appointment for a free recall repair to prevent potentially serious injuries, or even death. Dealerships in New Mexico generally have replacement parts available, and the free recall repair should take about one to a few hours depending on vehicle make and model. The call to action is simple.Owners affected by the Takata airbag recall should immediately schedule a FREE recall repair at a local dealership.Owners uncertain whether their vehicles are part of the Takata airbag recall can easily check a vehicle’s identification number (VIN) by visiting or free smartphone app, Airbag Recall, is available for download, enabling owners to take a picture of a license plate to determine if their vehicle, or a family member or friend’s vehicle, is under recall. A defective part inside the airbag can explode when the airbag deploys, potentially shooting sharp metal fragments at the driver and passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that 16 people in the U. S. have been killed, and hundreds of others alleged to have been injured, by this defect. For more information, visit or read more

World Futures: Data, Information And Knowledge Part 2

first_imgBy ANDY ANDREWSLos Alamos World Futures InstituteIn part one, we looked at data and read a display of data – letters of the alphabet, numbers and spaces.They were arranged in an orderly fashion to provide information. One particular sentence had 132 characters, 27 spaces, and two punctuation symbols. In 8-bit computer coding this amounts to 1,288 ones and zeros and if seen in computer talk would be meaningless, at least to newspaper readers. But when ordered and presented in the form a human computer (the brain) can recognize through a sensor (the eyes), it becomes information. Unfortunately, information is more complicated.If you search Google for the definition of information, you are told that it is “facts provided or learned about something or someone.” So the speed number provided on the dashboard of your car is information. But if you do not look at the dashboard, is it information or merely data waiting to be observed? Ignored data is not information. Google also states that information is “what is conveyed or represented by a particular arrangement or sequence of things.” Your DNA has information your body uses to sustain your existence. Being encoded in a four level system, it is much more complicated than binary.Go to Merriam-Webster and it becomes cloudier. Information is “the communication or reception of knowledge or intelligence.” And it is “knowledge obtained from investigation, study or instruction.” Notice how the word “knowledge” is conveniently used – knowledge is information, or is it? You have a plan for a road trip and you learn that the planned route has been closed. The “information” causes you to rework the plan using your planning knowledge. And information is informing against a person (whistleblower?).Go back to the sentence cited in paragraph one. It contains 24 words. I went to the Encarta Dictionary and looked up the meaning of each word. Then I multiplied the separate meanings and determined that the sentence has 62.643 quadrillion possible meanings as a source of information. Obviously order, spaces and punctuation significantly reduce the possible meanings and this could be described as a foolish calculation. Order and context clarifies the meaning, the information. Also, our highly complex computers (brains) evolve as we learn and our programming becomes sufficiently sophisticated to sort out the information. Yet the information is closely related to one’s skills as a sender to ensure clarity. Quoting from the abstract of “Information: what do you mean?” by Dirk K.F. Meijer, “Information is often employed as a container term that represents many different modalities ranging from information constituting a physical parameter to the daily transmission of news in human culture.”Meijer’s paper is mainly about the field of information theory and information in the universe. Without information, mass and energy are disorganized and useless. One might ask if entropy is a measure of the lack or correctness of information. And if information includes the daily news, which could be right or wrong, is the entropy, the disorder, of human civilization growing? Add smart phones and the question becomes more concerning. There is an old parlor game in which one person it told a piece of “information” and relates it to the next person and so on around the circle.  The last person states what the “information” is. Usually after some laughs, the failure of individual interpretation of the information and its translation becomes obvious. If a 24 word sentence can have 62 quadrillion interpretations, how do we know that the information is true and correct, not assessing the factor of honesty?On receipt of information our brains process it and implement a response based on content and trust in correctness. If the speedometer reads 65 miles per hour and you are in a 55 mile per hour speed zone, you might slow down. If the speedometer has a built in error of plus or minus two miles per hour, it does not affect the decision. But if the speed zone if a no fine zone or a double fine zone, it might. Information is used in the process of decision making and control, individually and collectively. It is evaluated in context and influences action and decision. The evaluation, however, requires knowledge. Til next time….Los Alamos World Futures Institute website is Feedback, volunteers and donations (501.c.3) are welcome. Email [email protected] or email [email protected] Previously published columns can be found at or read more

Cricket News In England, Players Use David Warner’s Name To Spike Book Sales: Tim Paine Criticises Ben Stokes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ben Stokes’ recent book ‘On Fire – My Story of England’s Summer To Remember’ has been in the news for his mention of David Warner during his epic match-winning Ashes knock in Leeds. In his book, which is being serialised in a British newspaper, he claims Warner’s sledging motivated Stokes during his match-winning heroics in the third Ashes Test this year. He just wouldn’t shut up for most of my time out there,” Stokes said of Warner, who insists he has reformed and is no longer the brash character who was banned for a year over a ball-tampering scandal. I could accept it from just about any other opponent. Truly. Not from him, though. The changed man he was adamant he’d become, the one that hardly said boo to a goose and even went as far as claiming he had been re-nicknamed ‘Humble’ by his Australia team-mates, had disappeared,” Stokes had written.However, Australia skipper Tim Paine has lashed out at Stokes and said it was a ploy to spike book sales by using Warner’s name. Asked if it was a cheap shot by Stokes, Paine replied, “Oh absolutely. I was obviously standing next to David the whole time (at first slip) and you are allowed to talk on the cricket field. But by no means was he abusing him or sledging him. It just seems to be a common trend in England that they like to use Davey’s name to spike book sales,” Paine said ahead of the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane.Following his achievements in the summer in which he helped England win the World Cup for the first time and ensured England did not lose an Ashes Test at home for the first time in 18 years, the left-hander was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers’ Association awards. Speaking after receiving the award, Stokes highlighted the magnitude of the achievement.Also Read | Ben Stokes, World Cup And Ashes Hero, Gets THIS Special Award After End Of England’s International Summer”It’s hard to put it into words. I am over the moon that players think I am worthy of winning the PCA Players’ Player of the Year through performances this summer. You can take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it’s your peers that vote for you. Earning this award is a huge moment. While this is an individual award, it is within a team sport so I am only in this position because of what other guys in our squad have achieved as well. What we have done as a team in 2019 is phenomenal, to win the World Cup and draw the Ashes has been a fantastic summer and something I am proud of personally and as a team,” Stokes said.last_img read more