Ogle Airport tests readiness to respond to emergencies

first_imgThe ability of the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara, staffers and relevant stakeholders was put to the test on Friday morning when an emergency exercise was conducted at the facility where the team was exposed to responding to a firsthand mass causality incident and bomb threat.Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Field told the media that such an exercise is supposed to be conducted at least once per year.During the emergency exercise, the Guyana Fire Service and the Police Force were summoned and promptly responded, he said.“I think the response time was could, could have been better. We commenced the exercise and within I think three or four minutes the Fire Service was out there so like I said we will look at the stopwatches. From my vantage point in the tower I would say that the response was in accordance with standard operating procedures,” Field explained.First aiders responding to a mass casuality at the Eugene F Correia International Airport during the emergency preparedness exerciseAlthough the activity was lauded a success, the Director warned that persons must not get complacent but rather, continue to work hard to be ready to manoeuver in the event of an actual emergency.Meanwhile, Captain Jack McGovern of Virginia, who has been participating in the exercises since 2006, pointed out that the session was intended to examine the preparedness of various departments at the airport.According to him, “The exercise today (Friday) was meant to test many varying levels. In years past we have dealt with one specific issue, whether it be a mass causality incident, a bomb threat or a fire”.McGovern noted that this year the airport was tested to respond to a mass causality incident and a bomb threat at the terminal building which went exceptionally well.He said too, “I think we will come away with things that we can learn from and implement as we move forward to build a better plan to respond even better in the future”.Participating in the emergency exercise were airport staff, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC), the Police Force, Fire Service and others.The need for airport personnel to be attentive to their surroundings and be prepared to offer help and even exit the building in an orderly manner was highlighted only last November when an aircraft crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.About 10 persons were hospitalised after the Boeing 757 aircraft crashed after it encountered hydraulic problems.last_img read more

Gender PC Tugs at Scientific Objectivity

first_imgHot news! Men and women are different! Watch PC-influenced psychologists commit logical fallacies denying the obvious.Political correctness has invaded one of the most clear observational facts about humans: we come in male and female forms. One of the PC strategies has been to divorce sex and gender. Rather than helping the tiny fraction who have ambiguous genes, or counseling those with gender dysphoria to cope with their feelings, the PC police expect all of society to change. Everyone must now use gender-neutral terms, learn new invented phrases like “gender fluidity,” build gender-neutral bathrooms, avoid using ‘sexist’ terms like’ men and women’ or ‘boys and girls,’ and say they are in favor of sex reassignment surgery—even on young children. Failure to jump on this latest cultural bandwagon brands non-cooperators ‘haters’ who must be punished. Totalitarians that they are, PC police will not tolerate disagreement. Some who don’t go along have already lost their jobs, even when they attempted respectful forms of accommodation.What are scientists to do? Science is supposed to be about reality. Objectivity is the goal of science: following the evidence where it leads. When necessary, science should speak truth to power. Practically, though, scientists are just as subject to cultural fads and political pressures as others. Political correctness is tugging on scientists to buckle under the trendy consensus about sex and gender. Some fight it; others fight for it.Affirming the ObviousIf the sexes were not different, why do many scientists report physical and mental differences between men and women? On January 5, we showed several such findings. This month, Washington University at St. Louis might have risked PC condemnation for its latest report, “Women’s brains appear three years younger than men’s.” Live Science reiterated this announcement. Yes, men and women are different! Their brains develop differently, and suffer the effects of age differently. One can debate the merits of the methods used by the WU scientists, but similar announcements about real, objective differences between men and women continue arising in many scientific quarters.A different study, this one from Georgia State posted on Medical Xpress, presented anatomical reasons in the brain for the obvious fact to most people that “Females find social interactions to be more rewarding than males.” This is true not only for humans, but for rodents. The scientists found more receptors for a pleasure-sensation hormone, showing that there are sex-specific biological reasons for what most of us know about social differences in men and women.Recognizing this gap in the knowledge base, the team investigated the sex-dependent role of OT [oxytocin] receptors within the ventral tegmental area of the brain of male and female rodents. More specifically, they explored whether OT receptors mediated the magnitude and valence of social reward and if this mediation differed by gender. They used several preference tests to measure the rewarding properties of social interactions.Study data showed that activation of OT receptors was critical for social interaction to be rewarding in both males and females, but females were more sensitive to the actions of OT than males. This is the first study to provide evidence that same-sex social interactions and OT are more rewarding in females than in males in an animal model. These findings are consistent with human studies.Notice that these scientists used sex and gender interchangeably, and that social rewards were sex-specific. Obviously, rodents are not holding societal debates about gender fluidity! These scientists found the assumption of true, biological sex differences to be a beneficial foundation for both understanding and application. Wrong assumptions could, consequently, lead to ineffective treatments.Recognizing gender differencess in social reward processing is essential for understanding sex differences in the occurrence of many mental health diseases and the development of gender-specific treatments for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, substance abuse and schizophrenia,” said Dr. Elliott Albers, director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Regents’ Professor of Neuroscience at Georgia State, who led the research team.Even in cases of ambiguous genes, mammals can express sex-specific traits. A study of male rats without a Y chromosome, published in Science Daily, appears to show that in such cases, a kind of switch causes a cascade of hormones and processes that result in one sex or the other – not half and half. Sexual differentiation in the embryo is very complex and poorly understood, involving both genetic and epigenetic processes. Apparently the rats compensated for the lack of a Y chromosome by over-expression of the missing sex-specific genes, leading to the usual sexual differences all the way to the brain.Finally, an article on Medical Xpress says, “Breastfeeding is still best.” Need we say more? A man trying this would frustrate both himself and baby. Consider how this obvious biological difference is likely to produce social and psychological differences between men and women as well – and it does.PC Battling ScienceOther scientists feel happier aboard the bandwagon. Some want to even lead the parade, searching for things they can claim as scientific support for ‘gender fluidity.’ Many times, such efforts to cooperate with the PC totalitarians take the form of attacks on manhood, with made-up hate-inducing phrases like ‘toxic masculinity.’One example this week, published by Phys.org, comes from the University of Calgary, where the PC totalitarians have a stronger foothold than in America: “Is there only one way to be a man?” Guess what the ‘correct’ answer to this leading question must be? It’s a half-truth: yes and no. Everybody knows that men differ (compare Batman with Mr. Magoo). What the eggheads at UG are after is the total deconstruction of manhood. Men have to be ‘fixed.’ They are natural enemies of ‘gender equality.’ They must be shamed.Through artistic representations, research and education, the concept of masculinity is slowly evolving. As Kehler and Hill suggest, the tradition of masculinity is so deeply embedded in our culture that any changes are bound to be laborious, and battles for gender equality will be hard-won. But by reflecting on the implications of traditional masculinity, and by actively promoting tolerance and change, Kehler, Krause, Hill and Leblanc are offering step-ladders to those who wish to climb out of the “man-box.”It’s axiomatic that denying observational science requires committing logical fallacies. The article opens with male and female forms embedded into a yin-yang icon, using visualization to promote the PC view. Another example is the opening paragraph, a blatant example of the either-or fallacy. The writer uses a string of the most extreme ‘masculine’ traits in order to create a hate target with loaded words and fear-mongering.Pump iron. Don’t iron that. Talk hockey. Talk a lot. Not about feelings. Get angry. Put them in their place. Don’t get emotional. Don’t do drama. Wear black. Wear blue. Not light blue. Explain things. Keep it straight. Be a man. Don’t be a girl. Got it?According to this contrived picture, many men who are clearly well adjusted, and loved by their wives and respected by their peers, would not qualify as men. Science should examine measurable factors on a sliding scale, and take into account factors such as age, demographics, education, and much more. Within the taxon ‘masculine’ there is plenty of room for diversity, but science cannot ignore observable physical realities like sex chromosomes, sex organs and secondary sexual characteristics. Trying to blend the genders into a ‘fluid’ is no more logical than blending matter and antimatter. If a phenomenon is 99.99% binary, focusing on the 00.03% as the defining norm hurts the vast majority, causing more pain in the proposed solution than exists in the supposed problem.**Anecdote: I encountered my first “gender neutral bathroom” in a shopping mall today, with half a dozen sinks outside for men and women to use. But there was only one stall compared to the multiple stalls often provided in public restrooms segregated for men and women. A mother outside the door with her young child banging on the door was clearly frustrated by having to wait. I was uncomfortable with the woman outside the door, and this mother appeared uncomfortable with a man inside the only stall. The mall management was undoubtedly proud to appear so politically correct. But are we really better off with the current PC push for erasing sexual differences? This is the strategy of the Left for equality: make everybody suffer.  —Ed.The UG scientists are like political tyrants who try to enforce their worldview on everyone else. Everybody must now go to re-education camp and take “Gender Bias 101” to be talked out of traditional views. Considering the fact that most academics are Darwinians, maybe the worst logical fallacy in this article is the idea that humans have a moral obligation to repent of what natural selection made them to be. Along with that goes a corollary fallacy: the notion that scientists should be the enforcers. The Darwinian views are incoherent. It takes a perverse sort of intelligent design, as if to say, ‘Evolution made you one way, but we will remake you into a being in our image.’ For those who attribute everything in nature to the Stuff Happens Law, this is logically self-refuting.Science is about truth-seeking, not advocacy. Science refers to is, not ought. Co-opting the noble reputation of science for PC purposes confers no more credibility on a view than its political antithesis. Science can be a last refuge of scoundrels.The authors of the CG piece engage in tear-jerking about the harm that ‘toxic’ masculinity causes. We do not deny that men can hurt others by bullying, hazing, shaming and other social pressures that cause pain. We also do not deny that toxic women sometimes cause pain, too. Within and between the sexes, people cause pain to one another, because we are all sinners. But these psychologist PC enforcers are going about it the wrong way. Just teach respect!Good book on the damaging consequences of Darwinism on human behaviorTo teach respect, you need a moral standard. Where are you going to get that? Darwin? Ha! He knows how to justify genocide, racism and meaninglessness (see The Darwin Effect by Dr Jerry Bergman; also, How Darwinism Corrodes Morality). The good old book, the Bible, weaves truth and morality into a seamless, coherent understanding that promotes a healthy society. Did you know that some 59 admonitions in the New Testament use the phrase “one another” such as love one another, be kind to one another, bear with one another, give place to one another, and comfort one another? That’s the answer: make and multiply Christ followers who obey these commandments. You can be a real man, and you can be a real woman, without causing pain, if you do that. To the PC police we say, less Darwin, more Jesus. Less Stalin, more Paul. (Visited 436 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played better

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt they weren’t at their best for victory at Brighton.Eden Hazard set up Pedro’s opener and then scored the second in a deserved victory at Brighton, which ended in a closer game than it looked like it would for much of the afternoon after Solly March pulled a goal back.”We could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” said Sarri.”We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match. My mind was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the last five minutes with long balls into our box. We are not a physical team.”With the substitutions I tried to have more physical impact in the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. But we could have won better.”Sarri added: “When we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous to ourselves. We know that we suddenly lowered the level of application and attention.”Their goal was the first situation in our box for 30 minutes. We were a bit unlucky, but the feeling when we have confidence and are sure we are in control of the match, is that we are dangerous to ourselves.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leeds send Samuel Saiz to Getafe

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leeds send Samuel Saiz to Getafeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United have announced midfielder Samuel Saiz is returning to Spain at Getafe.Saiz travelled to Spain for a medical at the weekend and will not be returning to Yorkshire.He will instead stay in the country before his stint with high-flying Getafe begins, Leeds confirmed on Monday.Saiz will join LaLiga side Getafe on loan in January, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.The 27-year-old joined the Championship club from Huesca in 2017. last_img read more

16 days agoChelsea send Makelele to check on Gallagher at Charlton

first_imgChelsea send Makelele to check on Gallagher at Charltonby Freddie Taylor16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have been stunned by the form of Conor Gallagher at Charlton.The midfielder was shipped out on loan after featuring for the Blues over preseason.He has starred for the Addicks since then, having added four goals and one assist to his name.The Sun says youth loan coach Claude Makelele has been making regular visits to watch the 19-year-old in action.Manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed Makelele’s presence at the Valley and believes he is one to watch for the future. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 days agoBournemouth boss ​Howe excited over Diego Rico contribution

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss ​Howe excited over Diego Rico contributionby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe is pleased with the progress that Diego Rico is making at the club.The Spanish star is starting to show his quality for the Cherries in the Premier League.He played 90 minutes in four of the past Bournemouth league games.He was disappointing last term, but Howe believes the penny has dropped with Rico.Asked about Rico’s recent impact, Howe told reporters: “I have been very impressed in recent weeks.”He’s had a decisive say in a lot of games. If you look at the assists he has made for the team, his corners and free-kicks have been really valuable to us.”You look at the Southampton game, the Everton game and the West Ham game. He has played a key role in goals for us which have changed the game at that moment.”Tight games have been swung in our favour because of it.”I think he has grown into the position, is growing in confidence all the time. The challenge for him is to maintain that progression.”If he does with his qualities, he is going to be an important player for us.” last_img read more

6 days agoAaron Connolly grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potter

first_imgAaron Connolly grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potterby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Connolly is grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potter for his first team chance.Potter seems committed to blooding academy graduates, fielding nine in the recent EFL Cup game against Aston Villa.Connolly told the Daily Mail: “The previous manager [Chris Hughton] gave me my debut against Barnet and I will never say a bad word about him. But this new gaffer is a breath of fresh air. “He has looked after me and Steve. We were hoping for that chance to impress. He showed a lot of faith in us by letting other players leave the club. It’s all about repaying that trust now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoMan Utd No2 Phelan offers explanation for form slide

first_imgMan Utd No2 Phelan offers explanation for form slideby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant Mike Phelan has argued it was inevitable that the club’s form would dip last season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager in December brought about a run of 11 wins from 11 games.However, after Solskjaer’s permanent appointment, the Red Devils were unable to win any of their last six matches.”We’d taken them from nothing to sky high, but they bottomed out because it was just too much, they weren’t prepared for it,” Phelan told The Athletic. “So we had a lot of things to work on.”Ole relates well with the players, he understands what Man United is. It is definitely a difficult moment, but Ole hasn’t got his team yet.”He’s had three players (signed), you need more than three to be the manager of your own team.”We can build on something, I think. Ole just needs that opportunity to create the culture again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Florida State RB Karlos Williams Doesn’t Like Desmond Howard’s Take On J.T. Barrett vs. Cardale Jones

first_imgKarlos Williams tweets shows he disagrees with Desmond Howard.Twitter/@Karlos_SrDuring a College GameDay segment about Ohio State’s high profile quarterback battle, Desmond Howard made it very clear who he believes will come out on top. Citing Cardale Jones’ Twitter antics, which he does not appreciate, Howard thinks that J.T. Barrett is a lock to win the job. Desmond Howard on J.T. Barrett: “He’s not really about the foolishness” Tell us what you really think— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 5, 2015Desmond Howard just called Cardale Jones’ tweets to Ronda Rousey “foolishness” and cited it as a reason J.T. should start. So there’s that.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 5, 2015Former Florida State running back Karlos Williams, of all people, was very upset with Howard.Desmond Howard is a hater.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015He don’t know nun bout what players do in the personal time. He just talking.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015@JameisLover Bruh be hating.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015We probably wouldn’t have guessed that Karlos Williams would be a Cardale Jones defender this morning, but here we are.last_img read more