Troubled Sterling booked for diving as England down Nigeria

first_imgBut that encouraging opening was marred by a lethargic effort from England after the interval.Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit for Nigeria, who came close to equalising after exposing the flaws in Southgate’s three-man defence by repeatedly attacking down the flanks.Southgate still has time to work on those tactical issues as England have one more friendly — against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday – before they fly to Russia for their Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.“We played really well, with the ball especially. Far more good situations than in recent games,” Southgate insisted.“The period leading up to their goal, they changed their system and we took some time to adjust.“But after that we dealt with it well. It was a decent exercise for us to adjust to that.”But the England manager will also have to consider having another talk with Sterling after the City winger’s latest controversy.Speaking just before kick-off, Southgate admitted he had doubts about selecting Sterling after he arrived a day late for the start of England’s training camp due to a flight mix-up as he returned from holiday.Sterling had apologised to his team-mates after Southgate laid down the law — but that wasn’t his only issue since he joined up with England as the 23-year-old was forced to defend his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle.After flopping for England at Euro 2016, Sterling has a point to prove and his fine form in City’s Premier League title-winning campaign was on display in his eye-catching first-half performance.But Sterling couldn’t stay out of trouble and was booked for an embarrassingly clear dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty.“I haven’t looked at the incident but I thought he worked really hard for us and his counter-attacking was a real problem for the opposition,” Southgate said of Sterling.“I thought he was very bright and his movement caused problems. I was happy with his performance.”It was that kind of evening for Southgate, with pluses and negatives in equal measure.Dele Alli was subjected to jeers from the large contingent of Nigeria supporters, who recalled his decision to snub their country in favour of representing England.Alli, who has a Nigerian father, didn’t seem perturbed and he was soon celebrating when England took a seventh-minute lead.– Convincing case –Kieran Trippier’s precise corner picked out Cahill, who got between two Nigeria defenders to power his header past Francis Uzoho.Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate’s team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.Sterling was the creator when England doubled their lead in the 39th minute, his pass picking out Kane for a low 18-yard strike that crept under a woeful attempted save from Uzoho.Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, making only his third international appearance, hardly had a save to make in the first half.But the 24-year-old was picking the ball out of the net three minutes into the second half as England’s three-man central defence of Cahill, Kyle Walker and John Stones were exposed.Odion Ighalo got free to shoot against a post and Arsenal winger Iwobi pounced on the loose ball to give Pickford no chance with a clinical finish.Sterling’s troubles weren’t quite over and he was booked for his crude attempt to win a penalty when Uzoho came off his line to block the winger’s run.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria’s Bryan Idowu vies with England’s midfielder Raheem Sterling © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 2 – England kicked off their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria, but Raheem Sterling ended a troubled week on a low note as the Manchester City star was booked for diving.Gareth Southgate’s side swept into a two-goal lead as Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane netted in a dominant first-half display at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski wants to join Liverpool, claims Napoli chief

first_img Piotr Zielinski in action for Udinese Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski is set to snub interest from Napoli in order to sign for Liverpool – because he loves The Beatles.That is the view of Napoli’s outspoken owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, who reckons it is now only a matter of time before the 22-year-old moves to Merseyside.As talkSPORT told you in May, it appeared as though the Serie A club were going to win the race to land Zielinski, who impressed on loan at Empoli last term.But now the Poland international, who was an unused substitute in his country’s 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Sunday, looks set to move to England.Talking to Il Mattino, De Laurentiis said: “The lad prefers Liverpool.“Clearly he’s never been to Naples before and probably he’s in love with The Beatles.“If he doesn’t want to come, then he won’t come. If I were him, though, I would drop everything and run here.” 1last_img read more

GARDA NUMBER IN DONEGAL HAVE DROPPED 16% IN 5 YEARS – GALLAGHER

first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher has called on Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald T.D. to restore Garda numbers in Donegal to 2010 levels after figures released from the Department of Justice revealed that the number of Gardai in Donegal dropped from 466 in 2010 to 392 in 2015. That shows a decline of 16% in garda numbers over the five year period – with 74 less Gardai stationed within the county.That is 74 less Gardai working within our communities, towns, villages and Parishes at a time when the Gardai are under growing pressures from increasing crime and violence. Commenting on the Department of Justice figures Deputy Gallagher said that many of our communities feel vulnerable and uneasy due to the decrease in Garda numbers, with many rural Garda Barracks closed and the under resourcing of Gardai – with garda vehicles aged or non existent all of this has lead to an environment of fear and unease in many areas across Donegal.“Rural communities feel isolated and neglected in terms of security, with many areas unable to access Gardai due to the Gardai numbers being stretched to beyond breaking point.”He called on the Minister of Justice to prioritise rural and community policing in attempt to strengthen security of rural communities.He further stated that some of the Garda Barracks closures would have to be relooked at, in addition to the divisional Station at Glenties must be reopened. “The resourcing of the Gardai within Donegal must be reviewed also, with many areas either sharing Garda cars or using Garda cars which are near the end of usage cycle.”Pat the Cope in conclusion stated security of our communities and citizens is something we can not take for granted, in the times we live in no area is isolated from crime.“It will require additional resources, additional garda numbers and an overall commitment to support the Gardai in the duty to protect the community,” he said.He called on the Minister for Justice to set in place a plan to reverse the decline in the number of Gardai serving within county Donegal and to restore Garda numbers to 2010 levels within a 3 year period and to commit additional funding to better resourcing current serving Gardai within the county.GARDA NUMBER IN DONEGAL HAVE DROPPED 16% IN 5 YEARS – GALLAGHER was last modified: May 26th, 2016 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)last_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NEWS

first_img*The Pat O Brien Cup quarter finals take place on Sunday, May 6th atthe IIC in Canton.Donegal meet Aidan Mac Anespies, throw in at 2pm.*The club are hosting a poker night, on Friday, May 4th in The CenterBar, Dorchester, commencing at 7pm.GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NEWS was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL BOSTON GFC NEWSlast_img read more

McGINLEY WINS DUNGLOE 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgMore than 130 runners took part in the Dungloe 5k last night.The winner was Kilmacrennan man Eoghan McGinley, who runs with Rathfarnham in Dublin in a time of 15.44.Eoghan, who also won the North-West 10K in Letterkenny  in May, pipped Ivan Toner from Letterkenny AC who came home in 15.56. Finn Valley’s Theresa Doherty was the first woman (4th overall) home in a time of 16.31.The following is a list of all the runners and their times in the race. Congrats to all who took part. Dungloe 5k 2015Place Bib Name Sex AG Club Time1 106 Eoghan McGinley m SM Rathfarnham WSAF 15:442 108 Ivan Toner m SM Letterkenny AC 15:563 119 Conal McCambridge m SM North Belfast Harriers 16:184 402 Theresa Doherty w SW Finn Valley Ac 16:315 179 Dermot Mc Elchar m sm Finn Valley AC 16:396 116 Colin McNukty m SM Finn Valley Ac 16:527 161 Kevin Mc Gee m M40 Rosses AC 17:118 195 Michael Louge m M40 Rosses AC 17:289 182 Mark McCole m SM 17:4010 157 Anthony Doherty m M45 Milford 17:4111 183 Martin Mooney M sm Inishowen AC 17:4812 185 Fionnuala Diver w SW Letterkenny AC 17:5413 82 John Muir m M40 17:5614 80 Sharon Muir w W40 Inverclyde AC 17:5815 125 Aidan McKenna m M40 18:0016 194 Edward Harkin m SM Rosses AC 18:0017 155 Hugh Coll m M40 Milford 18:1318 181 Mathew McCole m JM 18:2119 198 Owen Scally m SM 18:2420 151 Michael O’ Donnell m M50 Preston Harriers 18:4221 86 John Connaghan m M50 247 Tri 18:4422 105 Shauna McGeehan w SW Letterkenny AC 18:4523 123 Ben McGonagle m SM Rosses AC 18:4624 136 Stephen McGeever m SM 18:4925 172 Doalty Boyle m SM 18:5226 199 Colin Mooney m SM Finn Valley AC 19:0927 162 Darrell Dunleavy m SM 19:1128 94 Oran Wallace m JM Rosses AC 19:1129 159 Tony Ward m M45 Milford 19:1330 203 Barry Curran m SM 19:1931 180 Garvin Boyce m M40 Finn Valley 19:1932 191 Donal Haughey m M50 Tir Chonaill 19:2033 137 Manus McHugh m SM Dungloe ABC 19:2434 200 Eamonn Mac Niallais m M45 19:2735 184 Donal Walsh m SM Rosses AC 19:3136 101 Barry Mackey m M50 Letterkenny AC 19:3337 128 Joe Boyle m M45 19:3538 92 Kieran McCole m SM 19:3939 107 Jane McGinley w SW Letterkenny AC 19:4040 126 Siobhan Gallagher w SW 19:4441 208 Raymond Sweeney m SM 19:4642 177 Eugene Mc Cafferty m M40 Rosses AC 19:4743 74 Eoghan O’Colla m SM Rosses AC 19:5044 207 Patrick Trimble m M40 20:0045 169 Brian Mc Gonagle m M45 Tir Chonaill AC 20:0446 77 Colm McTaggart m SM 20:1247 229 Mark Sweeney m SM 20:2048 103 Eoghan O’Donnell m JM Giffnock North 20:2249 118 Paddy McCambridge m M50 North Belfast Harriors 20:2350 178 Michael Mc Geever m SM 20:3251 193 Conor Daly m M50 20:3852 152 Barry Gallagher m SM 20:4053 130 Seamus McEnhill m SM 20:4354 147 Mark Doherty m JM Dungloe ABC 20:4355 79 Sheila Regan w W45 Letterkenny AC 20:4956 190 Seamus Ferry m M45 Rosses AC 21:0257 143 Gareth Davies m SM 21:2158 144 Paul McGonagle m SM 21:2559 205 Owen Coyle m M50 Rosses AC 21:2860 204 Shaun Sharkey m SM Dungloe GAA 21:3661 158 John Gildea m M45 21:3862 75 Michael Brazil m JM 21:4663 164 Dominic Sharkey m JM Rosses ac 21:4964 201 Keith Ryan m M40 West Muskerry AC 21:5265 90 Ita Kelly w W45 Lifford AC 21:5466 109 Kevin Glackin m M40 21:5667 187 Cian Ward m JM Ottawa 21:5868 186 Mark Byrne m M40 Meath Running Group 21:5969 167 Laoise Mc Gonagle w JW Tir Chonaill AC 22:0270 98 Daire Gallagher m JM 22:0671 142 Frankie McGinley m SM 22:0872 156 Cathal Mc Geever m JM 22:0973 141 Marion Boyle m M50 Foyle Valley 22:0974 168 Bronagh Heverin w W45 22:1075 173 Jackie Harvey w W50 Tir Chonaill AC 22:1076 115 Tommy Murtaugh m SM Naomh Mhuire 22:1177 95 Clive O’Donohoe m SM 22:1378 196 Paul Mc Garvey m SM 22:1679 192 Edwina Sweeney w W40 Tir Chonaill 22:2180 202 Conor Greene m SM Dungloe GAA 22:2481 174 Vera Haughey w W50 Tir Chonaill 22:2582 160 Daniel Mc Manus m JM 22:2883 120 Noreen Bonner w W50 22:3084 149 Caroline Mc Nulty w SW Finn Valley AC 22:3685 87 Chris Quinn m SM 22:3986 78 Niamh McDaid w SW Letterkenny AC 22:5187 135 Cassy Valdis w SW 22:5688 134 Shaun Mcgeever w SW 22:5689 175 Johnny Ward m M50 Tir Chonaill 23:0790 197 Dean Timoney m JM 23:1591 148 Ciaran Sharkey m SM Dungloe GAA 23:2192 117 Ita McCambridge w W50 North Belfast Harriors 23:2193 171 Rosemary Dewhirst w W40 Tir Chonaill AC 23:2494 189 Declan McLaughlin m JM Rosses AC 23:3895 111 Donal Boyle m SM 23:4896 131 Sean Stone m JM 23:5697 176 John Ferry m M45 24:2398 127 Brian Gallagher m M50 24:2799 206 Cathy Breslin w W40 Rosses AC 24:44100 140 Kevin Brennan w W40 24:50101 96 Kevin Forester m M50 Sandhurst Joggers 25:00102 100 Stella McCole w SW 25:05103 210 Christopher McGlynn m SM 25:32104 209 Liz McFadden w SW 25:37105 76 Grace Garvie w SW Rosses AC 25:37106 132 Ryan Brennan m JM 25:55107 99 Oran Gallagher m JM 25:57108 88 Martin Mac Cafferty m M45 26:09109 89 Owen Sweeney m M45 26:10110 139 Hughie McGee m M45 26:32111 138 Lee Gallagher m JM 26:32112 124 Niamh McEnhill m SM 26:35113 129 Dearbhla McEnhill w SW 26:35114 163 Brid Marie Solan w SW 26:48115 146 Jack Wilkins m JM 26:57116 188 Katie Byrne m JM Navan AC 27:19117 153 Grainne Mc Monagle w SW 27:19118 133 Andy Stone m M45 27:37119 121 Michelle McCahill m SM 27:58120 122 Catriona Furey w SW 28:06121 97 Florence Forster w JW 28:23122 91 Stephen Coughlan m M40 Glenties 30:08123 85 Oisin Nee m JM 31:02124 104 Hugh Martin McCarron m SM 31:21125 112 Carrie Murray w SW 31:51126 110 Nicole Boyle w SW 31:56127 113 Annette Boyle w SW 31:58128 84 Marina Cassidy w W40 32:26129 83 Cathy Nee w W50 32:39130 93 Pauline Gallagher w SW 32:57131 170 Darren Whellan m SM 33:34132 114 Malachy Sharkey m JM Naomh Mhuire 34:36133 145 Robert Davies m M50 35:19134 150 Sean Mc Dyre m M40 35:19 McGINLEY WINS DUNGLOE 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 29th, 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:donegalDungloe 5klast_img read more

Local, long-distance phone mergers OK

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The SBC merger, valued at $16 billion, won’t be the end of the AT&T name. SBC, based in San Antonio, plans to change its corporate name to the iconic AT&T, company officials said. New York-based Verizon will keep its corporate name after the $8.5 billion merger with MCI. Justice Department approval requires Verizon and SBC to give smaller competitors leases on several hundred unused or “dark” lines that run to buildings serving mostly business customers. The leasing is required in 19 metropolitan areas where the companies, either SBC or Verizon, would be the only providers. Without that condition, the mergers would result in higher prices for certain customers in eight metropolitan areas in Verizon’s territory and 11 metropolitan regions in SBC’s area, regulators said. AT&T and MCI dominate the market for business customers, and the mergers would enhance the base of business customers for Verizon and SBC. The deals would also expand their national and international presence. Gene Kimmelman, senior policy director at Consumers Union, said the Justice Department decision will cut competition, leading to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. “This is an earth-shattering reversal of competition policy from the agency that 21 years ago broke up the Bell monopoly and today is coddling the dominant Bell companies who seek to re-monopolize each of their regions,” Kimmelman said. Not so, said Verizon’s senior vice president and deputy general counsel, John Thorne. The eight-month review by antitrust staffers proves “that the transaction is pro-competitive and will not lessen competition in any market,” Thorne said. SBC’s senior executive vice president and general counsel, James D. Ellis, called it a “fair and impartial determination that … the merger of SBC and AT&T will not harm competition.” Jeff Kagan, an independent telecom analyst in Atlanta, said the mergers are indicative that the industry is in the midst of massive change. For the past 10 years, local phone companies have been engaged in a fierce battle with long-distance companies for customers, with the local carriers emerging largely victorious. Now, Kagan said, the merged phone giants will compete with cable companies – as cable offers phone and Internet services and the telephone companies offer video and Internet services. “It’s not going to be separate sectors,” he said. “It’s going to be single companies that sell all these services.” Verizon and SBC are still awaiting approval from several states. SBC expects its merger to close by the end of the year. Verizon expects to close by late this year, or early next year. On Wall Street, SBC rose 5 cents to close at $23.70, and AT&T rose 10 cents to close at $19.60. Verizon rose 17 cents to close at $30.76, and MCI fell 2 cents to close at $19.84. Under the Justice Department agreement, the merged companies would have to lease their connections to more than 350 buildings in which they own or control wire-line access. For Verizon and MCI, the metropolitan areas are: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Tampa, Fla., Richmond, Va., Providence, R.I., Portland, Maine, and the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area. For SBC and AT&T, the metropolitan areas are: Chicago, the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Detroit, the Hartford-New Haven, Conn., area, Indianapolis, Ind., Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Wis., San Diego, the San Francisco-San Jose area and St. Louis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The nation’s two biggest local phone companies received approval Thursday from antitrust regulators to buy the two largest long-distance carriers in multibillion-dollar mergers that would change the landscape of the telecommunications industry. The merger of SBC Communications Inc. with AT&T was cleared by the Justice Department, as was the merger of Verizon Communications Inc. with MCI Inc. The approval came without any significant conditions, such as the asset sales that critics say are needed to ensure adequate competition. The Federal Communications Commission still must sign off on the mergers, and that could come as early as today when the agency holds its monthly public meeting. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin supports the mergers, but it’s not clear whether the two Democratic commissioners on the panel will go along. Because the commission is split between two Republicans and two Democrats, Martin would need the support of at least one Democrat for approval. last_img read more

Express FC sign Brian Umony

first_imgUmony has not played competitive football for 2 years (Photo by Agency)WANKULUKUKU – Former Uganda Cranes striker, Brian Umony has joined Uganda Premier League side Express FC on a one year deal.Umony who has been a free agent and out of action since departing Azam FC a few years ago following a leg fracture.He trained with KCCA FC early last year but a move to the Kasasiros failed to materialize after his medical team advised against signing for a club which uses an artificial turf.The dreadlocked striker is now likely to be among the new players the club will unveil on Friday, 25-01-2019.Umony was at a certain point one of the most lethal strikers in the CECAFA region, winning the 08/09 League MVP accolade as his KCCA FC side won the League.Express has been averaging a goal per game, a statistic that does not look pleasing for a club of their stature.With Tony Odur and Eric Kambale already at the six time champions, the Red Eagles may just have solved the goal scoring issue.Kefa Kisala’s charges have also added midfielder Frank Tumwesigye Zaga on loan from Vipers.Comments Tags: Azam FcBrian UmonyEric KambaleExpress FCKCCA FCTony odurtoplast_img read more

Secular Science Leaders Defend Baby Butchering

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Instead of joining the outrage against the dismemberment and marketing of baby body parts, science leaders rush to defend the grisly practice.The 10th video from the Center for Medical Progress shows leaders at Planned Parenthood conspiring to keep information about their harvesting of baby body parts secret—revealing that they know it’s illegal. The outrage by Republicans was well expressed in a viral video clip from the second Republican debate this week, when Carly Fiorina dared the President and Hillary Clinton to watch the videos (reposted by WND on Facebook from CNN).Cutting up an unborn baby, whose heart is still beating, to harvest its brain—who on earth could support such a practice? Here’s who: Big Science.Proposed fetal tissue ban raises alarm for Wisconsin researchers (Science Magazine). Kelly Servick writes for the AAAS Science Insider news as if it would be a terrible thing for science to stop cutting up baby body parts. She refers specifically to the CMP videos as the trigger for Wisconsin’s efforts to stop it: “A Wisconsin bill that would limit the research use of fetal tissue from abortions is gaining momentum, over the protest of scientists who say the measure would stifle progress in disease research.” Here’s the wisdom of one of the objectors: “This is shutting down research for purely moral purposes—it’s shutting down research because people disapprove.”In Wisconsin, an early clash over fetal tissue (Science Magazine). In another piece, Kelly Servick worries that Wisconsin’s bill might cause some researchers and businesses to leave the state. Servick whitewashes the statements by Planned Parenthood managers revealed in the CMP videos: “The videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how the group fulfills requests from researchers for samples from aborted fetuses.” She says nothing about the illegal practices of altering abortion techniques, failing to get informed consent, or haggling over the price of parts.Research on gene editing in embryos is justified, group says (Science Magazine). Reporter Gretchen Vogel justifies another practice that has long been considered unethical even among secular scientists: editing human embryos. Remember not long ago when scientists, fearing a Pandora’s Box, called on a moratorium on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to edit human embryos? (6/05/15) Now, Vogel quotes a consortium of scientists that (surprised?) finds it to be “ethically justifiable.” She only quotes one critic who objects on safety grounds, not ethical grounds.UK scientists apply for licence to edit genes in human embryos (Nature). Daniel Cressy, Allison Abbott and Heidi Ledford write approvingly of the UK’s effort to legalize gene editing of human embryos. Although a healthy “debate” continues, the UK wouldn’t want to fall behind China. One proponent says, “The use of genome-editing techniques in this context is really the same as using any other method on an embryo that is not going to be implanted into a woman, and which will be destroyed after a few days of culture.” Yes, they’re going to die anyway, Mengele would have argued. Gretchen Vogel hums the same tune at Science Magazine.The cloning controversy (Science Magazine). Remember the assurances by scientists that embryonic dissections would never be used for cloning? My, how we’ve evolved. Sally Smith Hughes reviews two new books that accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative:The contemporary scientific community largely takes for granted the safety of recombinant DNA technology and its utility for practical application. It was not always so. The two books under review probe the science, politics, legal parameters, and practical repercussions of the so-called recombinant DNA revolution of the 1970s. They chronicle in detail the breakthroughs and contentions accompanying the invention of recombinant technology and the raucous controversies over its potential safety. Both books also tackle the resulting shift in ethical, aspirational, and legal landscapes in biomedical research as molecular scientists rushed to form industrial ties, universities accelerated patenting and licensing activities, and entrepreneurs created biotechnology companies.That’s all Hughes has to say about ethics. Contentions? Those are in the rear-view mirror.In Congress, all but 3 House Republicans voted to defund Planned Parenthood; only 3 Democrats joined them (Life News; see short summary of the 10 CMP videos in this article). President Obama vowed to veto any such efforts, even if Senate Republicans can get the bill past the Democrats’ filibuster. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton confused the butchery of babies as a “women’s health” issue and admitted she has not watched the videos. But Planned Parenthood is known for abortion, not for “women’s health” services. The Daily Signal from the Heritage Foundation maps 665 Planned Parenthood centers across America, but 13,450 clinics that could take up the slack, providing comprehensive women’s health care services. Congress could simply redirect the annual $500 million in funds to these other centers, relieving taxpayers of being part and parcel of Planned Parenthood’s illegal and immoral practices. Whether that happens remains to be seen, but seems unlikely given the current political environment (8/02/15).If you object to the whitewashing of history and the barbarity of treating the unborn as commodities, speak up! Write principled and articulate comments to Gretchen Vogel, Kelly Servick and other enablers. Especially if you are a scientist or have scientific training, you need to let the Big Science cabal know that they do not speak for everyone. Put some fear into the spokespersons who take such a casual attitude about issues that speak to “the character of our nation,” as Fiorina said. Dare them to watch the videos and defend what Planned Parenthood is doing.It’s astonishing that to scientific pragmatists, full human rights vs. butchery is just a matter of inches in the birth canal. Now, even full birth is not a guarantee, as the CMP videos show; Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is astonished that all but 5 Democrats voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Republicans were unanimous in support of this bill that “makes it a criminal offense for an abortionist to allow a born alive infant to die, whether by neglect or by actively killing the child.” What have we become, that such an issue is even controversial? Where are the old “pro-life Democrats”? They have vanished. The political divide has become a moral divide. One party is unanimously against abortion. The other, with the support of the most pro-abortion president ever elected, is for unfettered abortion on demand for any reason (even convenience) at any time.Darwinian philosophy is the root of these inhumane practices. If human embryos and unborn babies are just clumps of tissue evolving through animal stages (see John West’s Darwin Day in America for documentation of this evolutionary argument), then adults can do whatever they want with them. To see how far down the slippery slope Darwin has taken the world, follow Wesley J. Smith’s articles on Evolution News & Views (example).last_img read more

Radiation, Mistakes, and Assumptions

first_imgThree news items about atomic radiation should cause us to beware of academic overstatement.Atomic Bomb EffectsNobody feels “good” about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even those who support Truman’s decision to drop two atomic bombs in 1945 to end World War II in the Pacific groan at the immensity of suffering for those who survived the blasts. What is rarely acknowledged, however, is that many scientific prophets of doom at the time were wrong; they exaggerated the risks of cancer and radiation disease. Science Daily brings this aspect to light with the headline, “Long-term health effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs not as dire as perceived: Mismatch between public perception and decades of research on nearly 200,000 survivors and their children.” We saw something similar on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster: effects were bad, but not as bad as the experts had predicted (4/21/16). None of these considerations rationalize these disasters or mitigate the suffering. The point is that experts can be prone to overstate what they know.Tree RingsPhysOrg reports on new findings that promise something previously unknown about tree ring dating method — one of the most trusted radiometric dating methods in use today: “Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world.” In short, Oxford scientists found that solar bursts are capable of increasing radiocarbon levels in organic material.Scholars believe that intense solar storms caused major bursts of radiation to strike the Earth in 775 and 994AD, which resulted in distinct spikes in the concentration of radiocarbon in trees growing at that time. The events are precisely datable because the tree-rings belong to archives in which the growth year of each tree-ring is exactly known. In the new research, the authors outline how they could detect similar spikes elsewhere within the thousands of years of available tree-ring material from across the world.While the scientists can calibrate the radiocarbon with the two known dates of 775 and 994 AD, they believe earlier bursts could be detected. By implication, though, if radiocarbon concentrations are not uniform, what does this do to the accuracy of dates calculated?Lead author Dr Michael Dee, from the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Variations in atmospheric radiocarbon concentration are largely the result of carbon dioxide emissions from activity from volcanoes and the ocean, but they are also influenced by changes in solar activity. The spikes in 775 and 994AD were almost vertical and of comparable magnitude all around the Earth. Such markers can be easily identified in known-age tree-rings and are fixed in time. In the past, we have had floating estimates of when things may have happened, but these secret clocks could reset chronologies concerning important world civilisations with the potential to date events that happened many thousands of years ago to the exact year.’To be sure, the scientists believe their work will refine existing dates. The important observation here, though, is that after over 50 years of radiocarbon dating, scientists just now found “secret clocks” that were previously unknown, and therefore not included in prior confidently-announced dates. The Oxford team thinks that their new knowledge has the potential to reset clocks. The next question to ask is, what other unknowns may surface in the future to cast doubt on today’s confident scientific claims about the past? It’s already happened before in radiocarbon dating. For instance, early on it was discovered that above-ground atomic bomb tests had altered atmospheric ratios of carbon-14. This had to be taken into account in subsequent calculations.(Note: because of its relatively short half-life of 5,730 years, radiocarbon cannot be used to calculate dates older than 100,000 years maximum. The millions-of-years calculations come from longer-lived isotopes, such as uranium).Full Fathom FiveA paper in PNAS is confident to the point of being intimidating to the layman. German and Austrian scientists claim to have proven that the Earth was bathed in radiation from a supernova 2.7 million years ago. The radiation left its signature on seashells for a million years, then vanished. The signature is in the form of iron-60 (60Fe) that has a long half-life and can only be produced by exploding stars, they assert. They even think they have located the supernova 300 light-years away. Science Daily shares the gist of the claim with similar levels of confidence, but without the intimidating pages of equations and graphs. It looks certain; their “time-resolved 2-million-year-old supernova activity discovered in Earth’s microfossil record” seems to offer irrefutable proof of long ages. Seashells were deposited slowly in ocean sediments, carrying the signature of 60Fe, as the solar system spent a million years passing through the supernova’s radiation field.Only a careful look at the Materials & Methods shows possible points of weakness. First, consider that they only studied small samples from two drill cores from the Pacific. Can these speak to the whole earth and its history in interstellar space? Moreover, these cores were already dated by evolutionary biostratigraphy to be Pleistocene in age. The scientists did not question that. Then, we see that the levels detected are extremely tiny. 60Fe isotopes detected were on the order of one ten-quadrillionth the level of normal 56Fe (~10-16 to one). The error bars on both axes are large for all the data points. The scientists still feel that the data exceed the one-sigma confidence level, and they can correlate it with 60Fe in moon dust. But moon rocks were not made from living creatures deposited in water. For these and other reasons, how confident can they really be? Are they overstating their case?The history of science teaches that the most confident claims of any era are often wrong. Always look for the assumptions. Never take a scientist’s appearance of certitude as a substitute for data and logic. Look for the underlying worldview.The discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bones flies in the face of long-age claims. Bob Enyart lists scientific papers showing dinosaur soft tissue that no scientist believed could possibly last longer than a few centuries or millennia. He also lists evidence of radiocarbon everywhere it shouldn’t be, even in diamonds, the world’s hardest material (and therefore impermeable to contamination). These are large, serious anomalies that should cause major doubts about millions-of-years claims, but they are routinely ignored by the secular media. Why? They worship Darwin, who needs the time.Exercise: Apply what you have learned from this entry to claims in PhysOrg about stalactites in China. Do they infallibly show a record of 640,000 years of monsoons?(Visited 115 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more