Pom AFL season resume after three weeks

first_imgThe competition enters Round nine at the University of PNG Oval.Concept Koboni is currently leading the senior competition, Defence Hawks topping the ‘A’ Reserves and Gordons Kokofas leading the women’s division.AFL PNG senior football operations manager Rex Leka is pleased with the competition so far with no hiccups.Leka said all teams are ready to get back into competition after three weeks and are looking forward to the weekend.In the ‘A’ Reserves draw for yoday;Gerehu Magpies take on Defence Hawks, Central Bombers will play MoniPlus Taurama Suns and University Tigers will battle with Lamana Dockers.In the seniors competition;Magpies take on Hawks,Bombers will play Taurama Suns and University Tigers will challenge Dockers.The season has six more rounds to go before it heads into finals in September.last_img read more

FLOW Super Cup semis will be hot

first_imgIt’s semi-final day in the prestigious ISSA-FLOW Super Cup.At 4 p.m., it’s a clash of the CCs – Clarendon College versus Cornwall College – while at 6 p.m., the lone Manning Cup representatives, Wolmer’s Boys, face top rural team St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS).The feature match should be very competitive. After two rounds of matches, Wolmer’s, one of the more balanced teams in the tournament, are yet to concede a goal. They won their round-of-16 match 6-0 over Little London before clipping highly rated Kingston College 1-0 in last Saturday’s quarter-finals.Their leading scorer is Alphanso Gooden with four, followed by Rivaldo English (two) and Andrew Daley one goal.FIRST IN KINGSTONSTETHS, meanwhile, edged 2014 finalists Holy Trinity 4-3 and blanked former Manning Cup champions Bridgeport 2-0. This will be STETHS’ first Super Cup game in Kingston this year, having played their two matches out west in Montego Bay.Key players for STETHS are Jovoney Brown (two goals), Demar James, also two, and Rujay Robinson and Alex Thompson, one each.The all-daCosta curtain-raiser could favour the attack-minded Clarendon College, who have netted eight times, while conceding once.They have dispatched two of the competition’s heavyweights in Jamaica College 1-0 and Excelsior 7-1. Their irrepressible talisman, captain and forward Creggton Charlton, has four goals and three assists. Charlton is definitely one of the most talented players in schoolboy football, and he will have to be stopped if Cornwall are to emerge victorious from this afternoon’s encounter. Other top players for Clarendon include Dominic Lemont, Donovan Noble, Shande James, and Nicque Daley.OUTSTANDING ATTACKERRivals Cornwall also have a very outstanding player in Jourdaine Fletcher, who could make it a very busy afternoon for Clarendon’s defenders. He has scored four times so far for Cornwall in the tournament. Another Cornwall player to watch is the very skilful Peter-Lee Vassell, who was one of the standout players in their quarter-final win.Cornwall defeated Denham Town 3-0 in the round of 16 before getting past Rusea’s High on penalties after the teams had played to a full and extra-time 1-1 scoreline.Today’s matches4 p.m.: Cornwall College vs Clarendon College6 p.m.: Wolmer’s Boys vs St Elizabeth Technicallast_img read more


first_imgThe TM Cinema in Liberia and Silverbirld Cinema of Nigeria has signed an official partnership agreement on Saturday, May 6, 2017.During a red carpet signing ceremony at the roof top of the TM MALL on the UN Drive Coconut Plantation beach in Mamba Point, Mr. Li Sun, CEO of TSMO Investment Corporation, owners of Liberia’s first shopping mall, and Mr. Ekene Nwookolo, Group Head, Corporate services and company secretary of Silverbird Group, owners of Silverbird Cinemas in Nigeria and Ghana, affixed their signatures to a movie distribution deal that will thrill movie goers and significantly boost the development of the movie industry in Liberia.The agreement not only promises exciting times for all movie lovers, especially those who crave watching the latest movies in classic theaters like TM CINEMA, it will serve as a platform for upcoming Liberian industry professionals to premier their works in a modern cinema environment with huge possibilities of earning respectable fees when their works are good enough for the TM Cinema Theater and Silverbird Cinemas markets.The initiative by TSMO to include a top class movie theater in its state-of-the –art shopping mall in Liberia would be seen as more than a business venture; it indicates a big interest by this prominent Chinese real estate company to support the youths of Liberia who are bent on becoming major stakeholders in the up and coming movie industry in the country and abroad.According to Mr. Nwookolo, “Silverbird Cinemas has franchise with major movie studios like Sony, allowing us to distribute and show movies almost as soon as they are released in the United States and other advanced countries.” The Nigerian cinema company executive further explained that, the Liberian industry stakeholders, like their counterparts in Ghana and Nigeria, would benefit various types of supports based on exposure presented them by the TSMO and Silverbird Cinemas collaboration.The cinema company group head mentioned proper production equipment, training, production financing, government protection and higher fees, as possible deliverables by the private sector and government agencies as TSMO and Silverbird Cinemas pact unearth, nurture and promote the works of deserved Liberian cinematographers.For over 10 years Silverbird Cinemas has been entertaining Africa with movies from around the world. The company boasts nine locations in five states in Nigeria, and owns Silverbird Cinemas at Accra Shopping Mall in Ghana. With a total seating capacity of 9,319, Silverbird Cinemas is one of the largest Cinema chain in West Africa.This fact was not lost on Mr. Li Sun, CEO of TSMO Investment Corporation of Liberia, and owner of TM CINEMA, as he signed the significant agreement for real time showing of newly released blockbuster movies at TM CINEMA, which will be opened soon. The signing ceremony was done in the presence of Mr. Ekong Edim, Director of Business Development and General Manager of Silverbird Cinemas; Messrs. Eric Sherman, Vice President TSMO; E. C. B. Jones, Board Member – TSMO; Alex .M Lansana, General Manager, TSMO; Nina Zhang Yuqi, Administrative Officer at TSMO; and a host of company staff.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) On the left, Mr. Nwookolo of Silverbird Cinemas, Nigeria-Ghana, and on the right, Mr. Li Sun, CEO TSMO Investment Corporation – TM Cinema, Liberia. – Advertisement –last_img read more

NEC Approves ANC in Dispute with UP over October 7 Rally Date

first_imgHe admonished all political parties, independent candidates and every other individual to keep it in their minds that it is only the NEC is clothed with the constitutional authority to announce official results of elections. “The NEC is also pleased with news reports that the campaign spokesperson of the CDC recognizes that the NEC is the only body in this country that has the powers to release official elections,” he acknowleged.Responding to reports about the commissioners’ recent meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her private residence, before she departed for the UN General Assembly in the US, Korkoya told reporters that there was no need for the public to harbor any fear ahead of the October polls.“President Sirleaf is not a terrorist. She is still our sitting head of state, who has a fish to fry in these elections,” Korkoya said.He said the NEC’s security, finances and logistics are provided by the national government, which is headed by the President, to whom respect is due.“During the meeting,” he said, “we pleaded with the President to meet with our magistrates, so she could reiterate her resounding call for transparency, credibility and fairness in these elections. Nothing more as speculations out there may have it. I say it makes no sense for someone to think that we have been intimidated or influenced by Madam Sirleaf to do anything negative with these elections,” he noted.For his part, a member of the Board of Commissioners, Boakai Dukuly said if Liberians continue to not trust themselves as a nation that good things can happen, it means that the nation is headed to nowhere.“If we don’t have confidence in ourselves that we can be like the Ghanaians, Americans and others we so dearly respect here, we will not build this country,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman Jerome George Korkoya Korkoya: “President Sirleaf Not a Terrorist”Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), has advised the Unity Party (UP), which has planned to conclude its campaign rallies on the 7th of October, to look at other options as the Alternative National Congress (ANC) is the party scheduled by NEC to hold a grand rally on that date. “In the interest of public safety, the NEC has informed the UP that it should look at other options for holding its rally,” he said, noting that, “the Commission has written a letter to the UP asking them to reconsider their decision and we are certain that they will do the right thing in the interest of peace.”Speaking at the NEC regular press briefing yesterday, Cllr. Korkoya said the official campaign period ends on Sunday, October 8, at 11:59 p.m. and, going forward, including Tuesday October 10, no campaign will be allowed anywhere in the 43,000 square miles of the country. “Section 5.1b of the Regulations and Guidelines relating to political parties and independent candidates advises that all political campaigns end midnight on Sunday, 8 October 2017,” he noted.Addressing other electoral issues, Korkoya maintained that preparations for the holding of the elections as time-lined by the NEC are on course and will remain as announced. “The final batch of ballot papers for the House of Representatives is scheduled to arrive on today (October 4). The delay of bringing into the country remaining ballot papers was largely due to the irregular size of the ballot papers in few electoral districts in Montserrado County that have up to 28 candidates,” he said, noting further that the problem has been resolved and all ballots are printed and will be in the country. The arrival of those final ballot papers, as noted by the NEC chair, concludes the procurement of external elections materials for these elections.He said the deployment of elections materials is ongoing ad security for them is tight at all warehouses across the country.“We are aware of news reports that some individuals, including some politicians, have questioned the integrity of our electoral systems in the media regarding the number of ballot papers printed. Although we have sufficiently addressed this question prior, the Commission would like to, once more, reassure political parties, all stakeholders and voters that there is no question related to the integrity of the number of ballot papers being deployed,” he said. He added that printing contingency ballots are consistent with industry standard practice.Korkoya assured the general public that there are full accountability mechanisms in place to account for every single ballot paper. “Every ballot paper will be accounted for at opening and closing of polling places. Those that will be used, not used and spoilt will be fully accounted for in a transparent and consistent manner,” he emphasized.He reported that the Commission has also taken delivery of a shipment of electronic equipment from South Africa including a set of photocopiers that is part of building a stronger institution. “I would like to thank the government and people of South Africa for this donation,” he said, adding that the pieces of equipment were donated to the NEC through the kind request by President Sirleaf to the government of South Africa. “I would like to thank H.E. the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for her formal request to the government of South Africa for these equipment on her official visit there,” he said.He said the training of 17,000 polling staffs, including presiding officers is ongoing across the country and will end on October 6 and 7.last_img read more

SOCU manipulating steps to charge Jagdeo as former Finance Minister – Nandlall

first_imgAnother arrest of a former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government Minister has again sparked a debate about the motive behind these arrests by the Special organised Crime Unit (SOCU), and by extension, the David Grange-led Administration, which according to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, is geared towards damaging the reputation of political opponents of the Government.He said the recent arrest of former Finance Minister Sasenarine Kowlessar came as no surprise to members of the Opposition as they have always felt that the motive has been clear from day one. “It is clear beyond any doubt that these investigations are driven by a political and vindictive motive.”Nandlall said, ultimately, this strategy is designed to get to the period when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was the Finance Minister. Jagdeo served as senior Finance Minister in May 1995 under Dr Cheddi Jagan. In December 1997, he was appointed as the second Vice President.While noting that constitutional immunities prevent them from charging Jagdeo while he was President, Nandlall is of the opinion that the coalition Government will go as far as it takes, even if it means going as far back as two decades to persecute him for transactions done while he was Finance Minister.But Nandlall said what is interesting to note is this period saw the sale of National Bank of Industry and Commerce Limited’s shares to Republic Bank, the sale of Stock Feeds and Neocal to Robert Badal, and the sale of Guyana Stores Limited to Tony Yassin; all of which are now labelled as “corrupt transactions.”Further, the MP feels the Government may not stop at Jagdeo but could see former Finance Minister Asgar Ally being questioned as well. “What I do know is that they will stop at October 5, 1992,” he added.“So they will not investigate the sale of Guyana Telecommunications Corporation to ATN; they will not investigate the sale of Demerara Timbers Limited, or the sale of over seven State-owned rice mills, or the sale of the National Paint Company or the sale to Carl Greenidge, while he was Minister of Finance, of a property at Bel-Air Gardens by NICIL – none of which was the subject of any form of tender and none of which were sold pursuant to any valuation certificates, or even at market value.”However, he reiterated that there is a principle of law which prevents investigations of certain transactions that took place several years ago, on the ground that it is unfair and against public policy to do so because of the lapse of time.“The rationale is that if persons were to be charged as a result of those investigations, it would amount to an abuse of process to subject those persons to a trial because of the lapse of memory, absence of evidence and absence of witnesses, etc,” he explained.He noted all of these will militate against an accused person having a fair trial which is guaranteed as a constitutional right because the law recognises that such a person may be unable to adequately defend himself in the circumstances. In addition to that, the local justice system protects against such eventuality in preservation of the doctrine of presumption of innocence.Nandlall therefore concluded that it is unfortunate that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) does not see it as part of its constitutional mandate to protect the citizenry from these types of investigations, which are widely regarded as abusive and oppressive, but rather is part of the design that is promoting it. “If this is not the use of the criminal legal process to persecute political opponents, then I do not know what it is. Perhaps you can assist me,” he added.Sasenarine Kowlessar, who was recently arrested and questioned by SOCU, served as Jagdeo’s Finance Minister from 1999 to 2006. Prior to Kowlessar’s arrest, Dr Ashni Singh – also a former Finance Minister, and NICIL’s CEO were arrested, charged and placed on bail.The duo was charged for alleged misconduct in public office for the sale of several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara without a valuation exercise. Jagdeo has declared that all three charges against Singh and Brassington are frivolous, and all three matters were approved by the Cabinet.The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is yet to respond to a written request by Nandlall to review the charges against Singh and Brassington. Yet, similar charges instituted by the PPP against five sitting Government Ministers have, on the other hand, been thrown out by the DPP.last_img read more

Domestic abuse survivor to be honored

first_imgNORWALK – Yadira Gudino always believed the road to a better life begins with a good education, but an abusive marriage put her life on a different path at age 19. “He always had a very dominant personality, and it started with him wanting to control me,” she said of her ex-husband. “He would take my money, and he was aggressive, and then he started to hurt me physically.” A decade later, Gudino, who now lives in a domestic violence shelter with her two young children, is trying to get her life – and her education – back on track. She is ready to begin again, after being named a Women’s Opportunity Award recipient by the Soroptimist of Santa Fe Springs. The annual award is given to women who have overcome adversity but still need financial help to further their education, said WOA organizer Annette Rodriguez. Gudino, 29, however, is not typical of most awardees, many of whom have overcome drug-addiction problems, Rodriguez said. “The reason they picked Gudino is because she was just so determined to better herself. She’s never been on drugs, so that was different, that wasn’t her issue,” she said. “Her issue was being abused by her husband and coming to the United States not knowing anybody and feeling insecure about herself. But the way she spoke, she’s still very positive. She doesn’t want to be a welfare burden. She just wants to make a career for herself,” Rodriguez added. That is something Gudino has believed since she was a teenager attending school and working full-time in Michoacan, Mexico. When she met her husband in Mexico, his schedule called for him to work nine months out of the year in New York and three months in Mexico. In 2000, he brought his wife and daughter to the United States, where he got a job in Anaheim. Gudino was pregnant with her son, knew no English and had no friends or relatives around. Then the abuse began to escalate, culminating in a violent outburst in which he hit Gudino in front of her daughter. She made a police report and officials helped find her temporary housing. “I want her to live a better life,” she said of her daughter. “For me, I thought, `I’m going to lose whatever I lose – but my daughter will be the one who wins.’ She’s the one who made me get out.” With a boost from the $800 check she will receive from the Soroptimist, Gudino hopes to complete the English classes she is taking. She wants to get her GED and possibly take some business or accounting courses. Meanwhile, the shelter she is living in provides day care while Gudino is at school. “I was very happy when I found out I’d won,” she said. “The best thing I can do is study. I go to counseling and I’m pretty busy, but I’m making our lives better.” Gudino will be honored by the Soroptimist at a “Tea for Two” fund-raising event at 11 a.m. March 4 at Town Center Hall, 11740 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Donations are $20 per person. For more information, call (562) 665-8956. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 triathlon club were in action again this week in the “Crooked Lake” Triathlon which took place just outside of Newry.In what were almost perfect conditions nearly 400 athletes from around the country lined up at the edge of the lake for the swim start at 2pm which would be followed by a tough 20km course on the bike consisting of a tough up hill climb out of transition which was to be followed by a 5km run also consisting of a few hills just to keep athletes on their toes.In the swim leg both Alan Mitchell and Aidan Callaghan did well coming out in the lead pack of 5 or 6 athletes, with other 24/7 members Ben George, Margret Kelly, Pauric Kelly, Pauric Mitchell and Mark Nichols battling it out in the main pack. On the tough bike course Aidan Callaghan had a few problems and lost considerable amount of places but the rest of the 24/7 team had very good performances with almost everyone gaining time and places.On the run section of the course it was every man/woman for themselves in an effort to make up as many places as possible and get across the finish line in the quickest time possible.In the end it was another great day for the club, with Alan Mitchell coming 4th overall and 1st in his age group for the third time in three weeks in what was a very competitive field. The long hours of training certainly seem to be paying off at this early stage of the season, Margret Kelly and Pauric Mitchell also had excellent performances for the second week in a row both placing 2nd in their age categories setting them up nicely for the National Series this season.Kerry native Ben George also had a very positive race and seems to be upping the tempo now the season is in full swing and will be hoping for more of the same on his next outing in the coming weeks. The club’s next major outing will be the National Championships in Athlone on the 2nd of July with almost 20 members due to travel for the weekend it is hoped that the club can continue on its success of the past number of weeks and secure some podium finishes yet again in the their hunt for silverware in 2011.24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB NOTES: MITCHELL ON A ROLL was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgWhen the people of Churchill bake, they do it with meaning!A group of local adults and children recently held a coffee morning and raised a whopping €1,168.72 for the Donegal Hospice. Pictured are Catriona, Aoine, Ailish and Anna Duddy back row from left who organised the coffee morning and cake sale.It was a very successful morning and they are pictured donating a cheque for €1168.72 to Maria Breen  and Louise Duddy on behalf of the Donegal HospicePictured from left to right Back: Anna, Catriona, Aoine, Eira, Louise Duddy and Maria BreenFront: Jack, Grace, Orla, Ailish, Holly, Ellie and Katie DuddyCHURCHILL FOLK MAKE PLENTY OF DOUGH FOR HOSPICE WITH BAKE SALE! was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:bake saleChurchilllast_img read more

Proposals invited for Town and Village Renewal projects

first_imgDonegal County Council is looking to hear about projects that have the potential to enhance towns and villages across the county as part of the new Town and Village Renewal Scheme.Projects that support entrepreneurship or that develop specific sectors such as artisan food hubs or craft hubs or heritage and tourism type initiatives in towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 are being encouraged to come forward with an expression of interest.Other types of activities such as town centre initiatives, town safety and accessibility enhancements and improvement of leisure and recreational facilities are also being considered. “We are keen to hear from projects that will enhance and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally and proposals should include activities which will have clear positive economic impacts on the town” says Liam Ward, Director of Service in Donegal County Council.“Funding ranging from €20,000 to €100,000 is available for towns and villages and funding of up to €200,000 will also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying areas”.This scheme is being funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with Donegal County Council administering the scheme in Donegal.Groups who may have a suitable project should submit an expression of interest by 5pm on Monday 28 May 2018. Expressions of interest will be assessed based on agreed priorities and a maximum of 12 proposals may be selected for further development into detailed applications which will be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development for further assessment.For further information visit www.donegalcoco.ie .Proposals invited for Town and Village Renewal projects was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Science Is Nothing Without Integrity, cont.

first_img(Visited 334 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 This entry continues yesterday’s news about scientific integrity.Replication CrisisReplication failures in psychology not due to differences in study populations (Nature). Psychologists cannot just blame their replication failures on differences in the study groups. “Half of 28 attempted replications failed even under near-ideal conditions.”Researcher discusses the the science replication crisis (Phys.org). “If there’s a central tenet that unites all of the sciences, it’s probably that scientists should approach discovery without bias and with a healthy dose of skepticism,” this article begins. “The idea is that the best way to reach the truth is to allow the facts to lead where they will, even if it’s not where you intended to go.” Sounds like a great idea. When do they start?The Call for OpennessTime to break academic publishing’s stranglehold on research (New Scientist). Publishers have a vested interest in their power to decide what gets communicated as science. “Science journals are laughing all the way to the bank, locking the results of publicly funded research behind exorbitant paywalls,” this article complains. “A campaign to make content free must succeed.”Scientific impact increases when researchers publish in open access and international collaboration (PLoS One). This journal may have a bias, since it is an open-access publication. One can read it and check their conclusions against the data.No more first authors, no more last authors (Nature). Scientists desire to be first authors, so that their papers can be cited by their names, as in ‘Adams et al.’ Often, too, the last author is the most prestigious one in the group. In the day of increasing collaboration, this practice does more harm than good.Funders flesh out details of Europe’s bold open-access plan (Nature). If Europe’s ‘Plan S’ catches on, it will bring sunshine into science, allowing all the stakeholders – including the public – to see the research. Understandably, the journals behind paywalls stand to lose money big time. This article is fair, but is quick to point out problems the plan might create. See also Science Magazine‘s take on this development.Related SubjectsWhy academia reminds me of my childhood cult (Nature). In its daily briefing, Nature noted a piece in the Washington Post about Andrew Marzoni, who ‘blew off’ a pseudo-Christian cult in his childhood only to find similar methods of mind control in academia. “No one says it aloud, but every graduate student knows: This is the price you pay for a chance to enter the sanctum of the tenure track. Follow the leader, or prepare to teach high school.”Should All Nobel Prizes Be Canceled for a Year? (Live Science). Prizes are shiny objects the media loves, but they take eyes off of what science should be about: a search for truth. The quest for a prize can corrupt motives, and prizes often leave out worthy individuals. Since the rules only allow three winners per category, group discoveries suffer. And what about the other sciences that the Nobel Committee left out? Why should a few political leftists in Sweden be the determiners of who has made a “worthy” discovery? These are a few reasons to ask whether Nobel Prizes should not just be canceled for a year, but forever.The Moral Machine Experiment (Nature). Researchers in this paper claim to have made progress in defining morality policies for artificial intelligence, particularly moral dilemmas that autonomous vehicles will face. Obviously, “moral” cannot be defined by the scientific method. These authors truck their assumptions about morality into their work.Scientists struggle with confusing journal guidelines (Nature). Even if a scientist wants to do the right thing, how can he or she know what it is? This is especially a problem for researchers who do not speak English.To dispel myths, redirect the belief, study says (Medical Xpress). The very title of this article should raise red flags. Who granted scientists the right to decide how to change other people’s beliefs, especially when they have issues of integrity and fake science themselves? Falling for bad scientific ideas is undoubtedly a problem for many people lacking discernment, but when scientists become arbiters of effective methods for changing people, their methods could feed dictatorial regimes who want to enforce conformity.Science knowledge shifted along religious, political affiliations (Phys.org). Two social scientists at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln find that biases are hard to eradicate from research. Another sociologist says, “”Scientists hope that science is apolitical,” she said. “But we take in and code information based on our perspectives – including political ideology and religious beliefs.”First law of leadership: be human first, scientist second (Nature). Alison Antes gives social advice to researchers about building relationships in the lab. But to an evolutionist, what does it mean to “be human” if not to use cutthroat tactics for survival? She borrows Christian ethics, like “model desired behavior,” without attribution to the Apostle Paul, who said, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things” (Philippians 4:9). Her article does illustrate, however, that science is done by humans who need to build character.Rogue science strikes again: the case of the first gene-edited babies (G. Owen Schaefer, The Conversation). The media are abuzz with ethical judgments about a Chinese researcher’s claim to have edit the genes of two baby girls. Boardman and O’Neill, one a geneticist and the other a social scientist, weigh in on the subject in another piece on The Conversation. The development opens up a huge can of worms, all admit, and many say further research of this type should be outlawed.Shock greets claim of CRISPR-edited babies (Science Magazine).Can scientists use gene editing for disease prevention but not human enhancement? (Phys.org).Editorial: The (somewhat obvious) ethical problems with creating gene-edited babies (The Times Editorial Board via Phys.org)Notice that science cannot be neutral here. Science “can” do things that it “should not” do. Read Wesley J. Smith’s comments on this development at Evolution News.One thing Big Science needs to do is get out of politics. We have collected a large number of new examples of political bias in scientific papers and articles that we will be sharing soon. Today’s entry provides foundation for questioning Big Science’s ability to be unbiased.Scientist, research thyself.Recommended Resource: J. P. Moreland’s new book Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology puts into print many of Moreland’s ideas on philosophy of science (his PhD specialization), extending them since his 1999 book Christianity and the Nature of Science. Hear an interview about the book on ID the Future. He defines scientism, and shows three major reasons it is indefensible as a philosophy or way of knowing. When interviewer Michael Keas (PhD in history of science) says that historians and philosophers need to work together, Moreland gives the following response that is worth sounding throughout the churches of America.We really have to alert the public. Youth leaders, our Christian school teachers, parents that are raising their kids, we need to alert them to the fact that scientism is really at the bottom of the turmoil we’re facing at culture. Barna did a study recently and found that the six reasons that people are leaving Christianity for atheism are all intellectual reasons, and a couple of them deal with the inability of the church to help believers know how to relate their theology and their Biblical beliefs to science – and science trumps! And so we have retreated to “faith,” and the culture has become morally relativistic because the major things about religion and politics and ethics can’t be known scientifically. So what scientism has done is funded relativism in culture and blind faith commitments in Christianity. And that isn’t sustaining people when they get out of our youth groups and go to college or go into the workforce and meet thoughtful, intelligent unbelievers who will say things like, “Well, prove it– you can’t prove Christianity scientifically, so I don’t have to listen to you.” They don’t know what to say. And so my book is an attempt to do what you’re calling us to do, and that is to work together with our Christian leaders and parents to give them a tool they can learn about themselves and teach our kids and inoculate them responsibly so that they’re not sucked into a culture of scientism.When you tie these thoughts into what you have just read above in Nature and Science about Big Science’s own admissions of bias and unreliability, we should ask: why should anyone bow to the false idol of scientism? Integrity is the foundation of trust for any claim by any person in any field, not appeal to some “method” that scientists self-righteously assert protects them from error.How leading experts can be fooled.Another helpful resource is Jerry Bergman’s recent book Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries (2017). When you learn about how leading scientists fell for fraudulent claims in the past (like Piltdown Man and much more), you begin to realize that scientists are just as prone to error as anyone, especially when their Darwinian ideology motivates their research.[What Piltdown hoaxes are floating about these days, to be exposed some future day? We can suggest several candidates.]last_img read more