The James Randi Educational Foundation is an American grant-making foundation. It was started as an American non-profit organization founded in 1996 by magician and skeptic James Randi; the JREF's mission includes educating the public and the media on the dangers of accepting unproven claims, to support research into paranormal claims in controlled scientific experimental conditions. In September 2015, the organization said; the organization administered the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, which offered a prize of one million U. S. dollars to anyone who could demonstrate a supernatural or paranormal ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. The One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge was terminated in 2015; the JREF maintains a legal defense fund to assist persons who are attacked as a result of their investigations and criticism of people who make paranormal claims. The organization has been funded through member contributions and conferences, though it will no longer accept donations or memberships after 2015.
The JREF website publishes a blog at randi.org, which includes the latest JREF news and information, as well as exposés of paranormal claimants. The JREF came into existence on February 29, 1996, when it was registered as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Delaware in the United States. On April 3, 1996, Randi formally announced the creation of the JREF through his email hotline, it is now headquartered in Virginia. THE FOUNDATION IS IN BUSINESS! It is my great pleasure to announce the creation of the James Randi Educational Foundation; this is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational foundation under Section 5013 of the Internal Revenue Code, incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Foundation is generously funded by a sponsor in Washington D. C. who wishes, at this point in time, to remain anonymous. Randi says; the officers of the JREF are: Chairman: James Randi, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Director, Assistant Secretary: Richard L. Adams Jr. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Director, Secretary: Daniel Denman, Silver Spring, Maryland.
In 2008 the astronomer Philip Plait became the new president of the JREF and Randi its board chairman. In December 2009 Plait left the JREF due to involvement in a television project, D. J. Grothe assumed the position of president on January 1, 2010, holding the position until his departure from the JREF was announced on September 1, 2014; the San Francisco newspaper SF Weekly reported on August 24, 2009, that Randi's annual salary is about $200,000. Randi resigned from JREF in 2015. In 1964, Randi began offering a prize of US$1000 to anyone who could demonstrate a paranormal ability under agreed-upon testing conditions; this prize has since been increased to US$1 million in bonds and is now administered by the JREF. Since its inception, more than 1000 people have applied to be tested. To date, no one has been able to demonstrate their claimed abilities under the testing conditions, all applicants either failing to demonstrate the claimed ability during the test or deviating from the foundation conditions for taking the test such that any apparent success was held invalid.
However, in 2015 the James Randi Educational Foundation said they will no longer accept applications directly from people claiming to have a paranormal power, but will offer the challenge to anyone who has passed a preliminary test that meets with their approval. From 2003 to 2015, the JREF annually hosted The Amaz!ng Meeting, a gathering of scientists and atheists. Perennial speakers include Richard Dawkins, Penn & Teller, Phil Plait, Michael Shermer and Adam Savage; the foundation produced two audio podcasts, For Good Reason, an interview program hosted by D. J. Grothe, promoting critical thinking and skepticism about the central beliefs of society, it has not been active since December, 2011. Consequence was a biweekly podcast hosted by former outreach coordinator Brian Thompson in which regular people shared their personal narratives about the negative impact a belief in pseudoscience and the paranormal had had on their lives, it has not been active since May, 2013. The JREF produced a regular video cast and YouTube show, The Randi Show, in which former JREF outreach coordinator Brian Thompson interviewed Randi on a variety of skeptical topics with lighthearted or comedic commentary.
It has not been active since August, 2012. In November 2015, Harriet Hall produced a series of ten lectures called Science Based Medicine for the JREF; the videos deal with various complementary alternative medicine subjects including homeopathy, chiropractic and more. The JREF posts many of its educational videos from The Amaz!ng Meeting and other events online. There are free lectures by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Carol Tavris, Lawrence Krauss, live tests of the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, workshops on cold reading by Ray Hyman, panels featuring leading thinking on various topics related to JREF's educational mission. JREF president D. J. Grothe has claimed that the JREF's YouTube channel was once the "10th most subscribed nonprofit channel of all time, though its current status is 39th and most non-profits do not register for this status; the foundation produced its own "Internet Audio Show" which ran from January–December 2002 and was broadcast via a live stream. The archive can be found as a podcast on iTunes.
As part of the JREF's goal of educating the general population about science and reason, people involved in their community run one of the most popular skeptic based online forums at http://forums.randi.org with th
Major General Ronald Dare Wilson, CBE, MC was a senior British Army officer and park warden. He was decorated during World War II, commanded 22 Special Air Service Regiment in the early 1960s and ended his military career as Director of Army Aviation, he was instrumental in introducing attack helicopters and high-altitude military parachuting to the British military. In retirement, he served as the National Park Officer of Exmoor National Park. Wilson was born on 3 August 1919 in County Durham, England, he was the eldest son of two girls and two boys, born to Sydney Wilson. His father was the chairman of a coal company and an unsuccessful Conservative Party candidate for Parliament, he was educated at St John's College, Cambridge to study economics. However, he did not complete his degree as his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. At the outbreak of World War II, Wilson joined the British Army, he was commissioned into the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers on 29 November 1939 as a second lieutenant.
His first posting was as a scout car platoon commander. In March 1940, he was posted to France with the 8th Battalion, he was involved in the unsuccessful fight against the German blitzkrieg and was evacuated from Dunkirk. Based in the United Kingdom, he served as an instructor at the 3rd Division Battle School. On 14 January 1941, he transferred to the Reconnaissance Corps, he attended the Middle East Staff College in Haifa in Palestine and joined the Eighth Army as a staff officer. During August 1944, he was served as a liaison officer in Italy during the Italian Campaign. During this posting, while reporting on enemy movement on the Gothic Line, he came into contact with General Sir Harold Alexander and Winston Churchill who had come up to survey the front. In September 1944, he returned to regimental duties and was given command of a squadron in the 3rd Reconnaissance Regiment, he did not take part in the Normandy landings but was involved in the allied advance from Paris to the Rhine that followed.
While holding the rank of war substantive captain, he was promoted to lieutenant on 17 January 1945 with seniority from 3 February 1942. This was changed to seniority from 3 March 1941. In October 1945, he was posted to the Palestine and was appointed officer commanding a squadron of the 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, he was promoted to captain on 1 July 1946. He worked in the headquarters of the 6th Airborne Division. Near the end of the British Mandate, he commanded a company of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment; the Mandate ended in 1948 and he returned to the United Kingdom. He was commissioned to write a history of 6th Airborne Division in Palestine from 1945 to 1948, published under the title Cordon and Search. After completing the book, he was posted to Germany where he once more commanded a company of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment. On 19 April 1945, Wilson was awarded the Military Cross'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe'.
It was awarded for his actions while leading a patrol across the River Maas, near Nijmegen, Netherlands, on the night of 27 January 1945. They had been ordered to take an enemy soldier prisoner and bring him back across the river for interrogation. However, they found themselves under attack and out numbered. Wilson led the defence and after an hour-long skirmish, they had defeated the enemy and taken three prisoners with no casualties on the Allied side, he was mentioned in despatches on 14 February 1946'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field'. He was awarded a number of medals for service during World War II. On 7 January 1949, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire'in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27 March 1946 and 26 September 1946', he was awarded the General Service Medal with Palestine 1945–48 clasp
Ignacio "Nacho" Maganto Pérez is a Spanish footballer who plays for AD Unión Adarve the Tercera División. Maganto spent five seasons in the Getafe youth system. Maganto was offered a contract to play for Getafe's B team but instead elected to move to the United States to play football on a scholarship at Iona College. In his four seasons with the Gaels, he made a total of 71 appearances and tallied 27 goals and 14 assists, he played in the Premier Development League with Reading United, making a total of 9 appearances and tallied 2 goals. On 15 January 2015, Maganto was selected 21st overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy, he signed a professional contract with the club two months later. On 22 March, Maganto made his professional debut with USL affiliate club LA Galaxy II in a 0–0 draw against Real Monarchs SLC. On 19 April, Maganto made another appearance with LA Galaxy II against Austin Aztex FC that ended in a 2–1 victory for the Galaxy. On 2 May 2015, Maganto made his debut for the first team, starting on the left side of midfield, against Colorado Rapids.
Maganto ended his debut early when he was substituted off in the 72nd minute for goal scorer Alan Gordon as the Galaxy completed the game with a 1–1 draw. On 28 May, Magnato played the full 90 minutes for the first time in the home match against Real Salt Lake that ended in a 1–0 win for the Galaxy. Maganto scored a one-touch goal, his first for the Galaxy, in an away game against New England Revolution that ended in a 2–2 draw on 31 May, he was waived by LA Galaxy on 29 February 2016. Maganto joined Croatian side Hajduk Split on trial in mid-June 2016 signing with the club on 26 July 2016. After 9 league appearances, of which two were in the starting line-up, Maganto was released by Hajduk on 7 January 2017; as of 29 February 2016 http://www.lagalaxy.com/post/2015/12/14/la-galaxy-insider-year-review-midfielders Ignacio Maganto at Major League Soccer Iona Gaels bio
Cats and Dogs is the sixth studio album by Swedish hard rock band Talisman released on 12 May 2003 on Frontiers Records. The release of the album was followed by a tour in Europe, which included a headlining slot at Gods of AOR Festival in the UK, a performance at Frontiers Showcase in Italy, a new appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival and a show at the Lokerse Festival in Belgium Cats side"Skin on Skin" - 3:21 "Break It Down Again" - 3:49 "In Make Believe" - 3:25 "Love Will Come Again" - 4:12 "Outta My Way" - 3:58 "Friends to Strangers" - 3:13Dogs side"Sorry" - 3:45 "Trapped" - 3:10 "M. O. M" - 3:38 "Wherever Whenever Whatever" - 3:44 "Lost in the Wasteland" - 4:32 "Hell in Paradise" - 4:29 "Time" - 4:37 Jeff Scott Soto – vocals Fredrik Åkesson – guitar Marcel Jacob – bass Jamie Borger – drums Talisman Discography
Kaylin Whitney is an American track and field athlete, specializing in sprinting events. Over a two-day period, at the USATF Junior Championships in Eugene, July 5 and 6, 2014, she set the world youth bests for 100 meters and 200 meters, her 100-meter time, set on July 5 was 11.10 with an aiding wind of +0.9 mps. Her 200-meter time was 22.49 was set on July 6 with an aiding wind of +1.3. Youth bests can be set by athletes who will not reach their 18th birthday within the calendar year of competition, her "bests" will count as bests on the continental and national level. Whitney placed 16th in the 100 meters at 2016 United States Olympic Trials in 11.15 and 11th in the 200 meters at 2016 United States Olympic Trials in 23.03. Whitney placed fourth in 200 meters at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 22.47 behind winner Jenna Prandini 22.20, runner-up Candyce McGrone 22.38 and Jeneba Tarmoh 22.44. Whitney placed 17th in 100 meters at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 11.18.
In March 2015, Kaylin Whitney signed with Nike. Her 100 meters time sets the national high school record as recognized by Track and Field News, though it will not be recognized by the NFHS as the USATF Junior Championships are not a high school competition; when published, the 200 meter record will be notated as a "low altitude" record by T&FN. Allyson Felix did run a faster 200 meters 22.11 at altitude in Mexico City before graduating from Los Angeles Baptist High School in 2003. Olympic gold medalist Felix is just one of the who's who of Olympians Whitney surpassed with the various records. On the list, the World Youth best in the 100 was held by Chandra Cheeseborough, the 200 best was held by Marion Jones, the high school 100m record was held by Angela Williams. At the time of her performance, her 200-meter time ranked her as the #8 time of the year against all women of any age, her 100m ranked #17. While still a sophomore at East Ridge High School in Clermont, she was the 2014 Florida state champion in both events.
As a youth athlete, Whitney was a star before reaching high school. In 2012, she set the American age 14 records in both the 100m and 200m in similar fashion, a day apart, destroying the youth records of future Olympic gold medalist, Sanya Richards, she trains with an elite group of athletes which includes Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin called Star Athletics coached by Olympic gold medalist Dennis Mitchell. She was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 2014. Kaylin Whitney on Twitter Kaylin Whitney at World Athletics
Marcquise Reed is an American professional basketball player for Chorale Roanne Basket of the LNB Pro A. He played college basketball for Clemson. Reed attended St. Vincent Pallotti High School, his teammate, former St. John's and Texas Tech player Tariq Owens, received more attention from college coaches, who were surprised by the play of Reed; as a senior, he transferred to Capitol Christian Academy and averaged 31.2 points per game, He received scholarship offers from the likes of Quinnipiac, Drexel, LIU-Brooklyn and UMBC and committed to Robert Morris. Reed cited the program's winning tradition as well as the relative proximity to his home in Maryland. In his second game as a freshman at Robert Morris, a loss to North Carolina, Reed scored 24 points, he was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week six times all season. At the conclusion of the regular season, Reed was named NEC Rookie of the Year as well as being an All-NEC Second Team selection. Robert Morris won the NEC Tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament, Reed had 19 points in the First Four win over the North Florida Ospreys and 22 points in the loss to the No. 1 seed Duke Blue Devils.
He finished second in scoring on the team behind Rodney Prior with 15.1 points per game. Reed transferred to Clemson after the season because he wanted to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, he sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA regulations. As a sophomore, Reed averaged 10 points per game in 21.5 minutes per game off the bench. Due to the graduation of star Jaron Blossomgame, coach Brad Brownell told Reed that he would need to play a bigger part on the team next year. Reed led Clemson to a 12–1 start and their first AP Top 25 ranking in eight years on January 1, 2018. After the loss of senior power forward Donte Grantham on January 20, Reed had to shoulder more of the scoring load. Reed scored a career-high 28 points in a 65-58 loss to Virginia Tech on February 21. At the conclusion of the regular season, Reed was named to the All-ACC Second Team; as a junior, Reed led the Tigers in scoring with 15.8 points per game and added 4.6 rebounds per game on a NCAA Tournament team. After the season, he and teammate Shelton Mitchell declared for the 2018 NBA draft but did not hire agents to retain collegiate eligibility.
Both Reed and Mitchell returned to Clemson. Reed scored his 2,000th career point in his final college game, a second round NIT loss to Wichita State. After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft, Reed joined Chorale Roanne Basket of the LNB Pro A. Clemson Tigers bio