Replica of Israeli wall meant to show Palestinian view

first_imgMichael Reibel, adviser to the Cal Poly Pomona Hillel, has not seen the display but said he personally believes that the Palestinian people have suffered and that the media coverage favors Israel. The wooden wall display includes photos of injured Palestinian children, bulldozed homes owned by Palestinians and international volunteers, including Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old who died in 2003 after being crushed by a bulldozer. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: 05/22: Palestine Wall POMONA – Muslim students placed a traveling wall representing opposition to the Israeli security barrier separating Israelis from Palestinians in the campus center quad of Cal Poly Pomona this week. The gray-painted wooden wall – 10 feet high and 60 feet long – was first erected at UC Irvine last week and will remain on display at Cal Poly until Friday, said Amir Mertaban, president of the Student Coalition for a Just Peace. It is meant to give students a Palestinian version of the conflict, Mertaban said. The barrier was constructed by Israel and divides Israel and Palestinian land. Israelis say the barrier protects againsy terror attacks. The Cal Poly wall was built by students in the Muslim student organizations at UC Irvine and Cal Poly Pomona. “The idea is to balance \ already tilted scale with something like this,” Mertaban said. “We’re trying to bring out the truth.” The display comes in the midst of renewed violence in the Middle East. Hamas leaders were warned by Israel’s deputy defense minister Tuesday after a 31-year-old Israeli woman died Monday from a rocket attack. The latest round of rhetoric between Israeli and Palestinian leaders comes after Israel resumed airstrikes on targets in Gaza last week, in response to a rocket attack. last_img read more

Godless: Is Psychiatry Science or Religion?

first_img“Ever since Freud described religious faith as an illusion and a neurosis there has been tension and at times hostility between religion and psychiatry,” reported EurekAlert.  “Psychiatrists are less religious on average than other physicians, according to previously published data from the same survey, and non-psychiatrist physicians who are religious are less willing to refer their patients to psychiatrists.”    This does not mean psychiatrists are hostile toward the religion of their clients.  In fact, they seem more interested in discussing it with clients than other medical doctors.  Many are also changing from linking religion with mental illness, the study says.  Some are even finding religious behaviors beneficial to clients’ mental health.  Medical doctors, by contrast, are far more likely to be religious themselves and view religion as important to their patients, according to an earlier survey by Brandeis University published on EurekAlert 11/14/2007, “A dose of God may help medicine.”    The statistics about psychiatrists come from a survey published in the December issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.  Farr Curlin, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, thinks the gap between religion and psychiatry is narrowing.  “In aggregate,” he said, “although psychiatrists may not agree with the claims of religion, they often witness its powerful effects on patients’ mental health, both for good and for ill.”Studies like this border on the meaningless.  To lump Scientology, animism and Christianity into one bin called “religion” almost guarantees that any conclusions will be invalid from the start.  It would be like trying to discuss anything meaningful about politics after lumping Democrats, Republicans, communists, fascists and anarchists into one group.    Psychiatrists are psychologists with medical degrees.  That gives them one leg up from psychologists, a sorry lot within “science” if there ever was one.  The one who needed his head examined was Freud.  He pulled science down a blind alley as much as Mesmer did.  Psychiatry has value only in so far as it diagnoses purely medical conditions that have a physical basis.  When it tries to explain the “psychological” cause of your problems, and prescribe a drug to cover up the consequences of your sinful behavior, save your money and go to a good church.    The only take-home lesson from this article is the bias of the pseudoscience of psychiatry against religion based on its Freudian roots – and Freud was a Darwin-loving apostate.  Psychiatrists have since evolved from calling religion a mental illness to calling it an evolved behavior that seems to confer some fitness benefits.  In other words, religion is still superstition in their view, but might be more healthy than they supposed.  How come no preachers or theologians were consulted to give their views on this subject?  While psychiatrists call preachers deluded or mentally ill, the preachers can turn around and call the psychiatrists sinners and spiritual counterfeits who proclaim false teachings as science falsely so called.  Whom can you trust?    Don’t think for a minute it’s the psychiatrists.  Their anti-religious views cannot possibly be true, because they are self-refuting.  If they wish to restrict all behaviors to physical causes, they must include their own beliefs about psychiatry and religion.  This makes the teachings of psychiatry nothing more than chemical reactions in a physical brain.  Who could say their chemical reactions are like yours or mine?  Who could possibly know that their reactions are more valid than anyone else’s, without reference to some external standard of truth that is universal, timeless and certain?  Their belief system dissolves into the sea of irrationality, and is therefore untrustworthy by definition.  Trust the source that alone is universal, timeless and certain: your Creator.  Only He knows the truth about the creatures He made.  Thank Him that he has provided his sentient beings with an operator’s manual for mental and spiritual health.  Learn it, study it, and when you still need help, go to those who make it their life work to rightly apply the word of truth.(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New broadband network to launch

first_imgInfraco is tasked to improve broadband connectivity across South Africa.br /> (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Broadband Infraco, the state-owned ICT enterprise formed in 2006, will introduce its long-awaited internet services to the South African market in November 2010.“We’re launching our broadband capacity network,” said Infraco’s account manager Charmaine Fredericks in an interview on the sidelines of the My Broadband conference in Midrand on 20 October.The parastatal will now have access to an approximately 12 125km fibre-optic cable and other telecommunications infrastructure, which have been used exclusively by Neotel over the past four years.The infrastructure is owned by the government due to it being laid by state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transtel. It has since been transferred to Infraco, but Infraco couldn’t use it as Neotel was the sole licensee.“We’ve had the network for the last four years, but we couldn’t operate on it. We got our operational licence last year from Icasa,” said Fredericks.“Neotel’s role as the network’s sole custodian comes to an end soon and that’s why we’re launching. We can now go commercial and bring customers on board,” she added.Infraco has been improving the network’s infrastructure over the last four years, while Neotel has maintained the existing system, according to Fredericks.The infrastructure initially offered 2.5 gigabits per second bandwidth speed, but it’s been upgraded to offer 10 gigabits per second.The network’s services now also cover the border areas of South Africa. “The network is quite a lot bigger than what we had when Neotel started,” said Fredericks.A new connection ring has been included, meaning “when one ring fails, we connect to another so that traffic is not disturbed”.“There’s a lot that we’ve done in the past five years to prepare us for our day of launch,” Fredericks added.The Department of Trade and Industry owns 74% of the national broadband utility, while the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owns the other 26%. The IDC is also a state entity.Open-access wholesalerAs a broadband wholesaler, Infraco will not offer services directly to end-user customers, but rather to internet service providers. “Our aim is to be the wholesale provider of choice to our customers,” CEO David Smith said at the My Broadband conference.It’s an open-access service provider which will enable the government to offer nation-wide connectivity at a lower cost and lead to investments in building the country’s long-distance fibre-optic networks.Infraco’s primary mandate is to get providers to cover areas in South Africa that are currently not served or underserved. “We want to become a carrier of carriers,” said Fredericks.It has set up a number of broadband Points of Presence (POPs) across the country, which are now connected to the national network. The POPs include various small towns and rural areas like Ermelo, Mahamba Border, Beit Bridge, Newcastle, Onseepkans and Zimbane.According to Fredericks, the government has identified 37 such places where connectivity must be fast-tracked. “We will provide connectivity from the closest POP in that underserved area.“Then we’ll be looking for partnerships with internet service providers, like Internet Solutions or iBurst, to service the areas,” Fredericks said.“We are trying to get as many providers as possible into the network, so that connectivity prices can come down,” she added.West African cable systemBroadband Infraco’s network services will receive a major boost when the West Africa Cable System (WACS) it has invested in comes on stream.WACS will land in Yzerfontein along the Western Cape coast and is expected to go live by July 2011.The much-anticipated marine cable will connect South Africa directly with the UK, and will have landing stations in Portugal and along the coastlines of various West African countries.“WACS will be massive. Major operators like MTN and Vodacom have also invested in WACS,” Fredericks said.last_img read more

Consumer help: estate and rental agents

first_imgGuidelines for renting, buying or selling property through an estate agent, how to protect your interests when doing so, and what you can do if things go wrong.We profile the organisations that can help you in real estate. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterEstate Agency Affairs BoardA body established by the government to protect your interests when you buy and sell property through an estate agent. All agents have to register with the board, and must comply with the board’s code of conduct. Agents are issued with an annual fidelity fund certificate, which they should display. You can check with the board whether the agent is registered or not.You can also complain against an estate agent whom you suspect has violated either the law or the code of conduct governing the industry.You are entitled to claim repayment from the board’s fidelity fund if an estate agent has stolen or mismanaged your money. Their website includes a wealth of related information and resources, such as guides for property buyers and guidelines for estate agents.Website: www.eaab.org.zaWhistleblower hotline: 0800 223 225The website’s disciplinaries section provides information on how to lodge complaints.Rental Housing TribunalsIf you have a problem with your landlord, you should approach the Rental Housing Tribunal in your province.Rental Housing Tribunals are independent bodies appointed by the Provincial Housing Minister to ensure stability in rental housing market and resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. These include problems with unfair practices such as the refunding of deposits, privacy, overcrowding, exploitative rentals, maintenance and repairs and illegal lockout or disconnection of services.Offices comprise three to five member who have expertise in housing management, housing development, and consumer matters relating to rental housing.The tribunals have the authority to arrange mediations or to subpoena parties to a hearing. Rulings by the tribunal are deemed to be judgments of a magistrate’s court.Rental Housing Tribunals operate on a provincial basis, generally falling under the Human Settlements department. See the Department of Human Settlements’ website.Or contact:Eastern CapeFree StateGautengKwaZulu NatalLimpopoMpumalangaNorthern CapeNorth WestWestern CapeOriginally published 24 April 2002Reviewed 12 July 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

School lunch prep time

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dieticianSchool is right around the corner and if you ask any kid, “What’s your favorite about school?” The most likely answer is recess with a close second as lunch. Paul’s school lunch memory features Aunt Fern behind the counter offering extra helpings of sandwiches and other main dish entrees. On the other hand, hamburger gravy was my worst nightmare in the Plain City Elementary cafeteria.The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches to children each school day. The NSLP was established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1946.USDA Food and Nutrition Services states in 2018 schools served over 4.8 billion lunches to children nationwide. Daily requirements include: 1 cup milk 1% or less fat; 1 to 2 ounces grains, half being whole grains; 1 to 2 ounces meat or meat alternative; ¾ to 1 cup veggies; and ½ to 1 cup fruit. The requirements gradually reduce sodium to less than 640 to 740mg/day in the next 10 years.In 2013 flavored milk was eliminated from the school lunch program in an effort to reduce added sugars. Dairy industry people believe that the consumption of milk went down 1.1 million half-pints within the first 2 years. The School Milk Nutrition act of 2017 tried to help reverse this decline in consumption by marketing new attractive milk containers, improved tedious paperwork and allowed increased varieties of milk for the kids.Menus and online payment have made it easier for kids and parents to pick and choose what days they will eat school lunch. Of course, there are always some days that don’t meet with kid’s approval. My kids were required to make their own lunches on days of unapproved school lunch days. More than likely it consisted of either leftovers or PBJ sandwiches, baby carrots and a piece of fruit. Much more creative lunch ideas can be found on Pinterest and other mom websites today. Ideas may include twists on wraps, pitas and muffins as well as lots of things to dip. Kids love to dip! Going rogue on your lunch to work and school try using the chart below and making homemade Lunchables. These are especially perfect for kids who are grazers.This year as school is about to start, think outside the box for packed lunches. These are also great ideas for the peeps who head to work outside the home. The sky is the limit! Enjoy your lunch.Eat well and healthy!Shelly       DIY Lunchables-Start with a divided containers or reuseale silicone muffin cups. Fill with nuggets of healthy goodness. *adapted from dontwastethecrumbs.comStarch (choose 1)Protein (choose 2)CrackersGranolaMini-pitas or Pitas cut in trianglesPretzelsMini-buns, croissantsTortillasChicken chuncksCheese Shredded, sliced, chunksHam chunksTurkey chunksTurkey pepperoniHummusFruit/Veggie (choose 2)Dips (choose 1 or 2)Apple slicesBananaPeeledBerriesCarrot sticks or baby carrotsCeleryCucumberPeppersCherry tomatoesKetchupBbqPizza sauceGuacamoleBuffalo sauceRanch dressingFruit dip      Lemon Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap foodnetwork.com One 6-pound whole fryer chicken or 4 large chicken breastOlive oil, for drizzlingSalt and freshly cracked black pepper5 cloves garlic, smashed5 sprigs fresh thyme1 lemon, cut in quarters 3/4 cup 2-percent Greek Yogurt1/4 cup mayo2 tablespoons Dijon mustard1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped2 celery ribs, diced1 small red onion, minced2 lemons, zested and juiced2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragonOne 6-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and choppedSalt and freshly cracked black pepperFour 12-inch whole wheat tortillas1 pint broccoli sprouts2 Roma tomatoes, sliced  For the chicken: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and adjust a rack to the middle position. Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack, or in a roasting pan with a rack, and drizzle the chicken with olive oil. Generously sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Pack the cavity with the garlic, thyme and lemons. Place the chicken breast-side down on the rack. Roast the chicken for the first hour at 400 degrees F, and then turn up the heat to 450 degrees F and roast until the breast temperature registers 160 degrees F and the skin is a golden brown, for the last 30 to 45 minutes. Then set the chicken aside to rest and cool. When easy to handle, remove the legs, wings and any dark meat, reserving to eat for your next meal or to snack on immediately. (Chicken breast should take about 1 hour) . Remove the skin from the breast meat. Using your hands, shred the breast meat and place in a bowl. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.For the salad: Mix together the yogurt, mayo, mustard, walnuts, cranberries, celery, onions, lemon zest and juice, tarragon and water chestnuts and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Fold in the shredded chicken.For the sandwich build: Layer the whole wheat wraps with some broccoli sprouts and tomato slices and then top with the chicken salad. Wrap and enjoy! Ham and Mac & Cheese Lunchbox Muffins ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com  2 cups prepared Mac and cheese, made2 large eggs, beaten1 cup diced ham1/4 cup bread crumbs + 2 tablespoons  Combine leftover macaroni and cheese with eggs, ham, and 1/4 cup bread crumbs. Stir until well combined.Spray eight openings in a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Use an ice cream scoop to add 1/2 cup of mixture to each cup.Gently press mixture down with your fingers to flatten it into each cup.Sprinkle with additional bread crumbs.Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes…depending on how soft or firm you prefer your muffins. Immediately remove from cups to cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate after 30 minutes of cooling. PB&J Surprise Energy Bites thecreativebite.comPB&J Surprise Energy Bites are a fun and healthy no bake snack with a peanut butter oat mixture and a surprise pop of strawberry jelly on the inside!  3/4 c. old fashion oats⅓ c. almonds chopped1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed optional1/3 c. roughly chopped pitted dates3 Tbsp. hemp seeds optional½ c. nut butter peanut or almond are both good1 Tbsp. honey3 Tbsp. low sugar fruit preserves On a small paper plate, spread the 3 Tablespoons of fruit preserves out 1/4″ thick. Cover with cling wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours. (The fruit preserves won’t become solid, but it will thicken the mixture)In a food processor, add the almonds and dates. Pulse until the dates are chopped finely. Add the flaxseed, hemp seeds, nut butter and honey. Pulse until the mixture is smooth. Add the old fashion oats and pulse until the mixture is well combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the food processor to ensure all of the ingredients are well incorporated. Pulse a few more times to ensure a smooth mixture.Using a #40 cookie scoop (3/4 oz.), scoop up some of the oat mixture and using your thumb, press an indent into the scoop as far as you can. Fill the indent with a 1/2 teaspoon of frozen fruit preserves. Press the edges of the oat mixture over the jelly and release it from the scoop. In your hands gently roll it into a smooth circle.Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for three months.last_img read more

Fashion world divided on first look at Apple Watch

first_imgApple Inc’s newly unveiled smartwatch on Tuesday split fashion arbiters who may prove pivotal to its broad acceptance.Many praised the “Apple Watch”, priced from $349 when it debuts next year, for its clean aesthetic, but some bloggers and editors said the watch had a masculine aura, which would limit its allure to parts of the style-conscious crowd. Others said the design, while pleasing, was less than revolutionary.The gadget, which must be paired with an iPhone, is shaped like a traditional timepiece, with a small square display. A dial on the side, reminiscent of the winding mechanism on a mechanical watch, can be spun or pushed to manipulate what is on the touch screen.Apple will offer three different versions — sport, standard, and a luxury edition, with finishes including stainless steel and gold plated. The display can be customized to show the time in numbers or a facsimile of a watch with hands.Wrist bands range from leather and stainless steel to sports models in hues from pink to blue. The Watch recognizes voice commands and carries sensors that can track activity such as steps and heart rate.Roseanne Morrison, fashion director for The Doneger Group, an industry consultant, said the design fell short of her expectations.”It’s not pretty,” she told Reuters. “It’s very future techno as opposed to feminine sexy.”Many contacted by Reuters agreed that the device was better looking than existing offerings from the likes of Samsung Electronics and LG, which are judged to be clunkier.advertisementBut rival tech giants like Google Inc and Intel Corp are increasingly competing with Apple in the emerging market for wearable devices. Based on tablet and PC adoption rates, Citigroup expects the smartwatch market to reach about $10 billion by 2018 versus an estimated $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion in 2014.Eric Wilson, fashion news director for InStyle Magazine, said Apple also faces competition from luxury watch-makers like Rolex. Swatch has said it’s exploring a watch with intelligent digital features.”The Apple Watch will be a status symbol to carry,” he said. But the design is “generic in the sense of its flexibility and individualization.” With the exception of the bright colors and gold trim, he added, it is “a very masculine watch.”Some fashionistas may prove reluctant to wear a smartwatch at all, said Sonny Vu, chief executive of Misfit Wearables, which makes an activity monitor that can be worn as a broach, on a necklace, or on a wrist band. Some female consumers are concerned about tan lines, for instance, and many might own a watch that has sentimental value, he said.But other fashion critics were effusive.”It is immaculate in terms of how function meets design. The issue is really about how much people want to wear something so clearly, essentially an amazing gadget,” said Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue.View from FashionWeekThe Watch is the closest the U.S. company has come to selling a fashion accessory and marks its first foray into the personal luxury goods market, although its iPhones and other gadgets have long been seen as fashion symbols.Wearable technology was the “topic of the moment” at New York Fashion Week. Many fashion editors were invited to the Apple product launch for the first time this year.In recent years, Apple has hired Patrick Pruniaux, former vice president of Tag Heuer’s global sales and retail; Angela Ahrendts, former chief executive of Burberry Inc; and former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve joined as vice president of special projects.A first-time invitee to an Apple event, Marie Claire tech editor Jenna Blaha, said she was impressed with the Watch but would need to touch and feel the device before recommending it to readers.At Tuesday’s launch in Cupertino, California, Apple displayed a gallery of watches but onlookers had to be content with tightly controlled demonstrations by Apple employees. Gwen Stefani, fashion designer and “No Doubt” singer, told Reuters even she wasn’t allowed to play with these watches.Many of the fashion experts agreed that the most compelling wearables haven’t hit the market yet. Fashion editors were curious about an expected wearable accessory from fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff; a high-fashion smart bracelet from Intel; and a smart ring from Ringly.”This is just the beginning. How long before there is a partnership with Marc Jacobs and Valentino to do more sophisticated faces?” said Lea Goldman, features and special projects reporter for Marie Claire.last_img read more