Rapper Action Bronson is scheduled to release his second book in a few months—a 224-page publication on everything cannabis. The forthcoming book, titled Stoned Beyond Belief, is scheduled to arrive towards the tail end of his upcoming North American concert tour on March 19th via Abrams Image. Stoned Beyond Belief will follow the 2017 publication of his debut cookbook, Fuck, That’s Delicious, based on his Viceland TV series of the same name.According to the book’s pre-order page on Amazon, Stoned Beyond Belief will act as an ultimate love letter from Bronson to the world’s most magical plant: Weed. The book was co-penned with James Beard Award-winning food writer, Rachel Wharton, and will look to take readers through “every corner of the pot galaxy.” Cannabis-related topics which Bronson and Wharton cover throughout the book include highly scientific botanical analyses, studies of medicinal benefits of the controversial plant, and a guide to the world of weed paraphernalia.Related: Snoop Dogg Announces New Cookbook, ‘From Crook To Cook’The rapper from Queens, New York has never been shy about his love for weed, and often incorporates the plant into his television show and media appearances.Action Bronson – “Guess The Weed Strain” – Complex News[Video: Complex]Bronson independently released his latest studio album, White Bronco, on November 1st, 2018. The food-loving rapper will continue promoting the new material from White Bronco with a winter-into-spring concert run scheduled to begin next month at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on February 11th. The tour will hit a mix of major U.S. and Canadian markets including New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver, Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego, Oakland, and Los Angeles, just to name a few. The North American tour is scheduled to wrap following his appearance at the inaugural Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio in mid-May. Bronson is also scheduled to appear at the 2019 National Cannabis Festival at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on April 20th.Fans can click here for detailed ticketing information for the upcoming Action Bronson tour.[H/T Billboard]
The value of the firm contract is approximately $20.4m, including integrated drilling services, mobilisation, and demobilisation fees. It is currently warm-stacked in Aruba after ending its latest contract offshore Trinidad and Tobago. The contract is expected to start in Q3/Q4 2020, with an estimated duration of 75 days. The Mærsk Developer is a DSS-21 column-stabilised dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000ft. Maersk Drilling has secured a contract for the semi-submersible rig Mærsk Developer, which will be employed by Petronas for a one-well exploration campaign in Block 52 offshore Suriname. The contract includes an additional one-well option. “It is great to work for Petronas again with a quick reactivation of Mærsk Developer for this campaign in the exciting Suriname-Guyana basin. This will showcase our ability to smoothly and efficiently establish operations in new jurisdictions, as Mærsk Developer will become the first of our rigs to operate offshore Suriname”, said COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.
Manchester City will take on Real Madrid for a place in the final of the Champions League final, while Bayern Munich face Atletico Madrid.Manuel Pellegrini guided City to the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time this season, and then successfully saw his team past a much-fancied Paris St Germain side to make the final four.City were the first team to be pulled out, learning quickly that they would face Real Madrid, winners of the tournament in 2014.Atletico Madrid, who sprang the biggest surprise of the quarter-finals by knocking out Barcelona, take on Bayern Munich, who are in the semi-finals for a fifth successive year.The draw keeps alive the prospect of a final with both teams from the same country for the third time in four years, following Bayern Munich’s win over Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico Madrid a year later.The first leg matches will take place on 26-27 April, with City and Atletico to play at home. The return fixtures will be played on May 3-4.Whichever team wins the City v Real semi-final will then be the nominal home team for the final at the San Siro in Milan on May 28. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Saturday evening, the Spirit River Rangers attempted to make their way to Fort St. John, but were forced to turn around due to the extremely poor road conditions brought upon by the heavy snowfall experienced by the region.If all goes to plan, Wednesday’s game will be the second and final game in a home-and-home series between the Rangers and the Senior Flyers, with the Rangers taking game one 8-6 in Spirit River two weekends ago.Wednesday’s game will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be taking place at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -Despite the calendar reading December, half of the gate proceeds from the game will still be donated to the team’s Movember page, following its first fundraising campaign as a collective team.
An Audi driver’s day turned into a nightmare on a south Donegal beach yesterday after his car got stuck in the sand as the tide came in. The images show the flashy car caught on Rossnowlagh beach in Donegal as the waves roll in around it.A short time later, a tractor was arrived at the scene to remove the Dublin-registered vehicle. According to the Irish Mirror, it’s not known how much damage was sustained.Images taken of the unfortunate incident shows the car stuck in the sand before a tractor arrives to help it free.Speaking to the outlet, Matt Cooke, who took the photographs, said: “People see these stories as a bit of wacky fun, but there is a real knock on effect for us local surfers, days of lingering diesel smells etc.“It’s a big issue here, I think that’s the third car in three weeks. “Pressure on the council to act would be amazing.“I’m there twice a week, more when I can, it’s my favourite place on earth.“I hate to see any harm to it because it’s a stunning beach.“I’d also say it’s important not to make out the driver was a fool, the fools are the council not doing more to prevent it.”A spokeswoman from Donegal County Council said that although parking is permitted on the beach, they have signage advising motorists of the risks. Nightmare for Audi owner as high tide traps car on Donegal beach was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Audirossnowlagh beach
Some scientific papers brag that Darwin’s universal tree of life is coming into sharper focus, but as the data increase, so do the problems.Evolutionary TopiaryCase in point: Maximilan Telford in Science Magazine presumed to write about “The Animal Tree of Life” as if one such tree exists, but ended up showing that results of tree-building are highly dependent on the methods used. He spoke of a “strengthening consensus” emerging 150 years after Darwin moaned to Huxley that he would not live to see his tree of life established.The earlier disagreements derived from varying interpretations of the morphological and embryological characteristics of animals. Many of these characters have evolved repeatedly in unrelated lineages as adaptations to similar selective pressures or have been lost from certain groups through disuse. Today’s strengthening consensus is almost entirely thanks to the use of molecular genetic data in reconstructing trees. Heritable changes in nucleotides and amino acids are abundant and generally much less prone to the problems of convergent evolution and loss than are morphological characters.Some morphologists may disagree with that assessment, but Telford basically confessed long-standing disputes between the morphologists and the molecular evolutionists, despite his apparent favoritism for the latter. A distant view appears to show a tree, but the devil is in the details. He digressed into various “surprises” and taxonomic tricks to get the trees to match up:If we consider a summary of the trees produced from these data…, we find some familiar groups (arthropods, chordates, and echinoderms), as well as some surprises. For example, almost all premolecular phylogenies supposed a close link between the brachiopods (lamp shells) and the deuterostomes (chordates and echinoderms). Yet in Field et al.‘s tree, the brachiopods are placed far from the deuterostomes in the Lophotrochozoa, which include annelids and mollusks. This major rearrangement suggests that certain “deuterostomian” characters of brachiopods may have evolved more than once….Other surprises in the tree were less welcome. Probably the most striking result, and the one that provoked the strongest reaction at the time, was the conclusion that the multicellular animals evolved on two separate occasions from unicellular relatives…. It quickly became clear that this conclusion was incorrect and that it resulted from the cnidarians being misplaced in the tree. A second error—the placement of the flatworm Dugesia (Platyhelminthes) as a branch outside of the main groups of animals… took longer to resolve. We know now that its correct place is within the lophotrochozoans…. Both errors arose because the 18S rRNA genes of the misplaced groups evolve at an unusually high rate, resulting in “long branch attraction,” whereby rapidly evolving species are incorrectly placed close to the long branch leading to the species used to root the tree….In other words, the resolution of the tree depended on human choices made in forcing the data to match expectations. It’s like the tree was in the mind, and the methods had to be adjusted to force “surprises” to cooperate. A gardener can trim a bush to look like a giraffe (an artform called topiary); that doesn’t mean the plant would grow that way naturally.Telford went on to describe newer fit-forcing methods, such as “probabilistic methods that can accommodate the systematic biases present in real sequences, such as unequal rates of evolution.” Who could know, though, the rates of evolution without already having in mind a picture of how the evolutionary saga was supposed to unfold?Skeptics might complain that tree-building exercises like this do not “carve nature at its joints” but rather confirm a preconceived bias. They might also point out that confirming that bias required radical reorganizations of earlier visions of the tree, casting doubt on the lasting credibility of version 2013 that relies more heavily on molecular data than how the animals actually look:These studies have led to a widely accepted phylogeny of all animal phyla that has radically changed our views of animal evolution. Premolecular phylogenies generally envisaged a gradual increase in complexity from the earliest animals without a body cavity or coelom (acoelomate flatworms) via pseudocoelomate worms (such as nematodes and rotifers) to coelomate protostomes (annelids, arthropods, and mollusks) and deuterostomes (echinoderms and chordates) with a sophisticated mesoderm-lined coelomic body cavity.In contrast, today’s tree divides bilaterally symmetrical animals into protostomes and deuterostomes…. Within the deuterostomes, the simple urochordates (sea squirts) are closer relatives of the vertebrates than the more fishlike cephalochordates (amphioxus); a third phylum of deuterostomes, the hemichordates (acorn worms), are the sister group of echinoderms and not of the chordates.A view that “radically changed our views of animal evolution” does not indicate scientific progress. Just because something is “widely accepted” (by whom?) does not make it scientifically valid, either. Alchemy was widely accepted for centuries. An explanation that requires believing that features as important as the coelomic body cavity has been “gained and lost multiple times” should raise eyebrows.In conclusion, Telford appealed to the “future research” escape clause to clean up today’s messes:Although much of the animal tree is now resolved, a number of problems remain. These problems tend to involve relationships either of taxa with extreme systematic biases or among groups that seem to have originated in a rapid radiation, resulting in a lack of signal supporting individual nodes. Future progress will depend on increasing useful signal with larger “phylogenomic” data sets from the widest possible taxonomic sample and on continued improvement in the correspondence between real data and the models used when reconstructing trees.Thus Telford confessed a lack of correspondence between models and the real data. Are the “extreme systematic biases” in the data or in the scientists’ world views?Evolutionary TrackingIn “Following the footprints of positive selection,” a press release from the Broad Institute of MIT promised to showcase examples of real evolutionary progress: “genetic changes [that] have conferred an evolutionary advantage” if such an oxymoronic phrase has any meaning (i.e., only a rational mind can determine what is advantageous).Surprisingly, it took another radical rethinking to figure out how to find positive selection. The article calls it a “turning point” and a “shift” to try this new method: “the genome itself can be used as a starting point to guide scientists to important genetic locations, leading to hypotheses about human health and disease.”As much as this might sound like following the evidence without bias, in fact, nothing has been accomplished yet. The press release merely states that researchers are “poised” to make great discoveries with their chosen tools and datasets. Some candidate high-level findings were put forth: “Several important categories of pathways emerged from the team’s analysis, including pathways tied to metabolism, skin pigmentation, and the immune system.” Only the last one got any elaboration. Alas, the elaboration only mentioned suggestions and possibilities for counter-intuitive observations, like the fact that “The particular variant that the researchers uncovered makes the immune system respond less dramatically to invaders, which, paradoxically, seems to help in the fight against them.” How is that evidence of positive selection? With imagination, the data can be made to fit the theory:We were thinking, ‘Why would decreasing the signal be important?’” Grossman recalls. “One possibility involves the role of TLR5 in facilitating certain bacterial infections. It turns out that in order for these bacteria to enter the host organism, they have to invade activated immune cells and hitch a ride to the lymph nodes. If the receptors are never activated, the bacteria have much more difficulty infecting the host.”It would be hard to defend a loss of function as evidence of positive selection. Even so, this represents only “one possibility” to explain a conundrum – not a signal of positive selection that jumps out of the data. The article concluded with more promissory notes. “With this new data, we – and others – can examine numerous mutations and search for biologically meaningful outcomes,” one researcher hoped. No clear-cut example came from this hunt intended on “Following the footprints of positive selection.”Squeaky AnswersElizabeth Pennisi’s article in Science Magazine, “How Did Humans Evolve? Ask a Mouse” is another example of a headline that fails to deliver. She discussed a Harvard study celebrated by the previously-cited press release about positive selection: a mouse study at Harvard that focused on a gene for hair and sweat glands:Mice carrying human disease genes have proved valuable for learning what goes awry in people. Now, researchers have tapped the rodents to understand human evolution. Mice with a human version of a gene called EDAR have more sweat glands than normal, providing clues to how East Asians adapted to a humid environment 30,000 years ago.Certain people groups, such as Native Americans and East Asians, have thicker hair, Pennisi said, but it should be obvious that there’s a lot of difference between living members of ethnic groups that do not necessarily tell anything about “human evolution” from mice. Since mice and humans already have sweat glands and hair, what’s the point, Darwinly speaking?Then we find that the Harvard team cheated: they used intelligent design to insert the human EDAR gene into mice. Then they bred the resulting mice for several generations:The mice had thicker hairs in their fur, as expected. But they also had more sweat glands, denser mammary glands, and smaller fat pads around those mammary glands. “This study was able to show there are other, more subtle effects” beyond hair thickness, says Joshua Akey, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who was not involved with the work.But why would this be surprising? They were grown with a human variant of a gene. This only provides a mouse model of a possible evolutionary change that might have helped certain people in certain habitats. Pennisi boasted that the study “pushes the field in novel ways,” but no matter the wishful thinking among the evolutionary biologists, she confessed at the end that the implications of this study are not at all clear:The group’s analyses and computer simulations looking at how 370A arose and spread indicate that the mutation creating the variant gene happened more than 30,000 years ago in central China. China had been relatively warm and humid between 40,000 and 32,000 years ago and then got cooler and drier. But Kamberov thinks that summer and winter monsoons still created high enough humidity that those people who were able to cool their bodies with extra sweat glands would have done better. Alternatively, or in addition, the increased branching in the mammary glands could have provided an advantage for raising infants. “It’s not clear which one of those [traits] resulted in differences” in survival and reproductive ability, Akey says.Surely easterners know from experience that more sweat glands do not help in areas of high humidity; and if the rest of the year were drier and cooler, the people would have had other worries on their minds than sweating. If “increased branching in the mammary glands” could have provided an advantage, why do infants survive outside China? Why didn’t the genes revert after the climate change? At best, these “evolutionary advantages” are of a very meager sort, considering the major overhauls Darwinism requires to get from mouse to human.The requirements of natural selection are very stringent. Only what promotes immediate survival counts. The advantage has to be so great that all the other members of the population must die so that the favored variant proliferates — this is called the “cost of selection.” This issue was not addressed in the article. Instead, Pennisi ended with a quote that says evolutionary theory can never solve it:The work “pushes the field in novel ways, Akey adds, as very few studies have pinned down the functional consequences of genetic changes that have been selected for. Although “the mouse model brings you closer” to understanding how modern humans have changed through time, Enard says, “without a time machine we will never get all the relevant data.“One might expect then, that to “ask a mouse” how humans evolved, the only answer would be, “Squeak, squeak.”We can dub this last story (the tale of a tail) the “Mighty Mouse Theory of Evolution” – not because the mouse is mighty (it’s only hairy and sweaty) – but because it Might help bring evolutionists closer to their coveted “understanding” of how humans evolved. But even if evolutionists think with all their might about their mighty mice, they might, instead, never understand anything about evolution, because it’s not a mouse with a human gene injected into it they need, but a time machine.The next best thing to a time machine is an Eyewitness who was there who can tell us how mice and humans “emerged” (and it wasn’t by a blind, unguided process of natural selection).We hope these three articles expose to the world the shenanigans of the Darwin Party: imagination, suggestion, and empty promises. Find one clear evidence supporting molecules-to-man evolution (or even a clear-cut case of “positive selection”) in any of these studies or models, or any any of the hundreds of other examples we have reported since fall of 2000. Time’s up. If this is the best the Darwiniacs can put forward after over 150 years of hunting for a magic tree that emerges by chance, they lose. Let them get out of the way of the researchers who have the resources to understand the origin of “complex things that appear to have been designed for a purpose,” as Dawkins described life. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Analysis#NYT#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies will buy $100 million in Facebook stocks from the company’s employees, Facebook announced today. Most casual Facebook users will probably look at that news and shrug. Why should we care?The news is interesting for two reasons. First, for pure sport. In the long term, though, this could be an announcement that unleashes a wave of innovation across the web over the next few years.The Sport of Employee Stock SalesToday’s news is fun from a purely voyeuristic perspective. Facebook employees have twenty business days to make a decision: will they hold on to all the stock in the company they were granted when they were hired, hoping that it will become even more valuable in the future? Or will they take at least some money off the table now and gamble that they won’t regret it later? Some will no doubt sell all the stock they own and leave the company. How much confidence do Facebook employees have in the future of the company and its ability to make money? As one of the biggest employers of the Web 2.0 era, Facebook could be the bubble that breaks hearts like all those big companies ten years ago – filled with paper millionaires, some of whom didn’t get out in time before everything was shown to be financially worthless. Or it could be the paradigm buster that proves things are really different today, that near universal reach online can be turned into profit. Things are changing drastically at Facebook, the company is intent on pushing more communication between users into the light of public visibility. That may be the path to greater profitability or it may cause an implosion and mass exodus. This stock sale comes at a key turning point in Facebook’s history.There’s a group of young people in Palo Alto that now have to decide whether to pull the trigger or to hold their cards for later. VentureBeat’s Eric Eldon, who watches the business of Facebook closely, says to employees don’t do it! Many friends, family and more cynical press will surely argue that employees should sell their stock while they’ve got the chance. What would you do? It’s fun to think about from that perspective.Escaping the Golden HandcuffsIt’s not an acquisition by an even bigger company, but the availability of $100 million for employee stocks is likely to make at least a few Facebook employees rich and feeling footloose. Some will no doubt leave the company and found new internet startups. Facebook employs many of the brightest innovators in social media and the prospect of those people starting new social networks, new communication technologies and new social media services is an exciting one. Many of them no doubt have lots of pent up ideas, but have felt trapped at Facebook because they’ve been waiting for their stock to be worth something and in demand. (The rest of the industry’s gain in innovation may be Facebook’s loss, too.)We may not see a “Facebook Mafia” yet the way Silicon Valley saw PayPal alumni spread out and start or invest in companies like YouTube, LinkedIn, Yelp and others – but this could be a smaller version of the same dynamic. It could also be a small enough pile of money that the real Facebook Mafia either will or will not emerge later when a bigger windfall comes employees’ way.Those are the two angles of interest that we see in what’s otherwise just two company’s business announcement. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#biz#How To Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Disclosure: Alcatel-Lucent is a sponsor of ReadWriteWeb. If your business has considered the use of 3D visualizations super-imposed on top of the physical world, you may be interested in two new efforts to make the creation of what’s called augmented reality faster, cheaper and easier than it’s ever been before. ReadWriteWeb research found that more than 1,000 augmented reality projects went live last year, the majority of them created by big, expensive design firms that specialize in AR and charge tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars just to get started.That may be an opportunity for market disruption and two startups launched this week that think they can radically democratize the creation of AR. Daqri is a low-cost QR and AR publishing platform for businesses and consumers that was unveiled at the Launch conference this week in San Francisco. Even more ambitious is the Georgia Institute of Tech’s newly released iPhone app called Argon, an open standards based AR browser. (iTunes link) Related Posts Argon’s creators call the service “the world’s first open standards-based mobile augmented reality browser.” The research institute that built it is funded by global telephony infrastructure company Alcatel-Lucent.Not based on open standards but also not born of the academic research world is Daqri, a very business-friendly, low-cost AR publishing platform built by veterans of the robotics and defense tech worlds. Judges at the Launch conference this week, where Daqri debuted, were confused by the open-ended nature of the platform and probably by the founders’ Middle American (not Silicon Valley slick) demeanor. The communication paradigm is new enough that use cases are challenging to come up with. That’s the optimistic way of putting it; many people believe that AR is all smoke and no sizzle, that it’s never going to go anywhere because it doesn’t deliver real, lasting value.In the video below, you can see a Daqri browser user looking at how a marble counter top would look if it were installed in their own kitchen. There are clearly some cases where super-imposed visual communication is useful and Daqri offers it as a turn-key service, with easy management over time, at commodity pricing. The company also offers QR to mobile landing page publishing. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The backdrop for the study is the way in which global climate change is expected to increase “water stress” in urban areas. Because of its Mediterranean climate, densely populated urban areas, and history of water shortages, California looked like a good place to study the connection between reflective roofs and water savings. RELATED ARTICLES U.S. Cities Are Fighting the Heat-Island EffectJunk Science and the Heat-Island EffectDo Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat? Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that the widespread use of reflective roofing has the potential to save cities millions of gallons of water while also lowering ambient air temperatures.Outdoor water consumption would drop by as much as 9% with the widespread use of cool roofs, according to climate simulations for 18 counties in California. If all of the buildings in Los Angeles County had reflective roofs, water savings would equal 83 million gallons per day in reduced demand for landscape watering.The study, “Water Conservation Benefits of Urban Heat Mitigation,” was published in Nature Communications.“This is the first study to look at the link between water and heat mitigation strategies in urban areas,” Pouya Vahmani, one of the researchers, said in an article posted by the lab. “You might not do cool roofs just to save water, but it’s another previously unrecognized benefit of having cool roofs. And from a water management standpoint, it’s an entirely different way of thinking — to manipulate the local climate in order to manipulate water demand.” Benefits would still depend on peopleReflective roofing could lower ambient temperatures in urban areas by as much as 1.5°C (2.7°F) and reduce the amount of water needed to water lawns and other landscaping. But the researchers admit that potential gains would be lost if homeowners didn’t catch on.“There is a key assumption in here that people would adjust their irrigation behavior in response,” researcher Andrew Jones said. “In order to reap the benefits, we would need people to be aware of the appropriate amount of water, or else use sensors or smart irrigation systems, which are a good idea anyway.”Jones and Vahmani used a regional climate model, backed by data on the demand for irrigation water in northern California, to reach their conclusions. They ran simulations for a 15-year period in 18 counties in both northern and southern parts of the state, with water savings ranging from 4% to 9%.Per capita, irrigation savings from cool roofs ranged from 1.87 to 15.4 gallons per day, with the highest potential savings coming in the southern part of the state.“In fact, total cool-roof-induced water savings in the three southern counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange (~150 million gallons per day) are nearly equivalent to the total water savings in other 15 studied counties in California combined,” the study said.One other caveat: researchers said that converting landscaping in urban areas to save water also can have the unintended effect of pushing up ambient temperatures. They cited a study showing that completely halting irrigation in the Los Angeles metro area would result in a rise of daytime temperatures of as much as 1.9°C.“These results show that the warming signal from strategies that focus only on outdoor water use reductions can meaningfully offset the cooling effects of a major heat mitigation strategy, such as citywide cool-roof deployment,” they wrote.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has reaffirmed the Government of Jamaica’s commitment towards the development of the country’s Special Olympics programme.Minister Grange said that, over the years, the government, through the Sports Development Foundation has provided financial support to Special Olympics Jamaica by way of a monthly subvention of $292,400 and additional funding to help with preparations for the Winter Games.In her message read by the Honourable Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, at a ceremony to welcome Mary Davis, CEO of Special Olympics International to Jamaica, at the Multipurpose Court, Independence Park on Tuesday (April 10), Minister Grange said, “Through the Special Olympics programme, abilities are emphasised rather than disabilities and each athlete is encouraged to give of their best.”The Minister said that through the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, the Government continues to make significant contribution towards the health and wellbeing of all Special Olympians.“I am pleased to note that all 71 athletes in your programme are registered as part of the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, which provides Group Health, Group Life and Personal Accident Coverage. The value of our contribution is approximately $241,000 monthly in premiums,” Minister Grange said.Minister Grange also used the opportunity to laud the management team, coaches and support staff for their “stellar efforts” in working with the Special Olympics athletes. She commended them on their “ability to organise athletes of all ages from the fourteen parishes to participate in various sporting activities.”“We have realised that the Special Olympics programme continues to grow and so we will be paying close attention to how the programme expands and the required skill sets that will be needed to support your continued development,” Minister Grange said.