The mayor of Getafe understands the “prudence” of Health to close the Coliseum before Inter

first_imgOn the possibility that the match can be Dispute only with local fans, as requested by the Federation of Peñas del Getafe, the mayor was in favor of looking for other formulas, even if they are not your competition. “We are open to other alternatives, but we want them to be adopted by the competent authorities, the health authorities. The criterion of prudence and, above all, not creating alarm for society is what the city council is following and what I ask of the citizenship,” Sara Hernández said, after presenting the project of a sports center for refugees in Getafe with the support of the Spanish Olympic Committee.“The coronavirus is an element that we cannot lose sight of. I am not going to enter into any controversy, what I am going to do is to support the team and without a doubt to transfer all the support to the blue tide that Getafe runs permanently. In health matters, we must understand the concern that exists in a part of society and calmly and serenely try to solve it “, concluded the mayor. The mayor of Getafe understands the “prudence” of Health to close Coliseum. “The position of the town hall and the people of Getafe is to support the club because in those games we want to overcome the tie and access the next round”said Sara Hernandez, about the second leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League.“The position of the city council is respectful and to follow the instructions given by the Ministry of Health. I understand that the criterion of prudence is important, but in sports our team has all the support”he commented. Sara Hernández, mayor of Getafe, said Thursday that she understands the “prudence criterion” decreed by the Ministry of Health for certain sporting events, such as the Getafe-Inter in Milan that have decided to be behind closed doors, and sent a message of “support to the club and the fans” azulones before such an important meeting.Due to the coronavirus epidemic, with an important source of infection in northern Italy, the Ministry of Health decided a few days ago that the Getafe-Inter in Milan to be held on Thursday, March 19 at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum is behind closed doors to avoid the possible arrival of Italian fans from a risk zone.last_img read more

Battle on for cricket ball throw gold at INSPORTS Champs

first_img “We have a good coaching staff. We have a good programme running and we have no injury worries whatsoever,” he said. Coke added: “We have areas that we are weak in, but the team is a balanced one.” Despite being high on confidence, Coke noted that he is expecting good competition from all the other schools. “I think that all the other schools have a lot of talent and they also have good coaches. The coaches are all working hard and so we are looking for challenges from everybody,” Coke stated. This year’s champions will collect $500,000, with $250,000 earmarked for the runners-up, and $125,000 going to the third-place finishers. Ninety-three schools are registered to compete. Three finals will be contested on today’s second day of competition at the four-day INSPORTS Primary School Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. The finals to be contested are the girls’ high jump open, the girls’ cricket ball throw and the boys’ long jump open. Harbour View’s Monique Bedward is the favourite to win the cricket ball throw after she posted the leading mark of 47.81m in the preliminary round. Janiel Mignott of Gregory Park is also one of the main contenders for the gold medal after she threw the second best mark 47.79m. Antonette Bartley of Red Hills (45.30m), St John’s Daneille Cameron (39.48m), Kevondra Blake of Mona (39.39m), Toniann Chambers from St John’s (36.30m) and Tatyana Chambers of defending champions Naggo Head (34.52m) are the other leading qualifiers for the final. Floyd Coke, coach of defending champions Naggo Head, is confident they will retain their title. “We are confident and we are always confident about our chances,” said Coke. GOOD PROGRAMMElast_img read more

Plaisance child rapist sentenced to life imprisonment

first_imgConvicted child rapist Sheldon Lynch, of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD),who was previously sentenced to two life sentences by the High Court was on Wednesday sentenced to a third life sentence by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.Sheldon LynchA 12-member jury came back with a unanimous guilty verdict on the charge against Lynch, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Clyde Forde.The convicted rapist on August 22, 2015 engaged in sexual penetration with an 11-year-old girl.The 46-year-old man and the child were known to each other. On the day in question, Lynch reportedly forced himself on the girl.Following the incident, the girl told her mother what had transpired, and the mother reported the matter to the Police. Lynch was later arrested and charged. He has since maintained his innocence in the matter.Earlier in March of 2018, Lynch was also found guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl on two different occasions between December 7, 2010 and January 25, 2013 in Essequibo.He was sentenced to two life terms, which are to run consecutively.last_img read more

Prepared for tough challenge

first_imgLA HABRA – There is no getting around it – Whittier Christian High School’s girls basketball team will face a tough opponent tonight as the Heralds open the CIF State playoffs with a Southern California Regional first-round game at La Jolla Country Day. Game time is 7. The Torreys are 22-7 after winning the CIF-San Diego Section Division IV championship. It isn’t the number of losses they have that counts, but rather who they lost to. Country Day played one of the state’s most ambitious schedules for a school of just more than 1,000 students. Included were losses to CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA champion Long Beach Poly, Division I No. 4-seeded Lynwood (twice), Division I-AA quarterfinalist Ventura and Colorado state power Highland Ranch. Whittier Christian coach Bill Crammer smiles and acknowledges, “They’re very good. It’s been one of the San Diego area’s best programs for a long time.” Clearly, this will be the Heralds’ toughest challenge in a while. “This will be the first time this season we’ll face a team that can match up with us sizewise,” Crammer said. “We’ll focus on handling the ball a little better than we did Saturday (23 turnovers in beating Village Christian, 40-28, for the CIF-SS Division V-AA title). Turnovers obviously will be an issue if they press.” Country Day is led by centers Janae Fulcher (6-foot-3) and Jamesha Townsend (6-foot-2) and guard Dominique Conners (5-foot-10). Flucher leads the scoring with 13.4 points per game and averages 10.6 rebounds. Townsend averages 9.2 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Conners’ numbers are 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 74 assists. center_img Whittier Christian (24-6) will counter with front-liners Jacqueline Joseph (6-foot-2, 7.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 58 blocks), Kristen Schaefer (6-foot, 5.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 26 blocks)) and Whitley Brown (5-foot-10, 12.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 81 assists, 63 steals). Defensive specialist Elissa Ronquillo (5-foot-9, 10.2 ppg,) will probably draw the formidable task of guarding Conners, but the versatile junior also will be needed for scoring and rebounding. Guards Kim Yoshinaga, Annelise Calzada and Andrea Garcia will need to be almost mistake-free in regards to ballhandling to keep the Torreys from establishing their potent transition game. And the Heralds can ill afford to get players in early foul trouble. The winner advances to the regional semifinals, scheduled for Saturday. The Southern California regional championship game will be played March 17 at Cal State Fullerton. The state championship game is scheduled March 24 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Live Blog: 2015 Paddle for the Peace

first_imgThe 10th annual Paddle for the Peace is taking place today on the Peace River near Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.  This Live Blog will cover the events from the Paddle that will include special guests like David Suzuki, NDP agriculture critic Lana Popham, former chair of the Agriculture Land Commission Richard Bullock and more.We will post pictures, comments and more from the event.Construction of the Site C Dam is expected to start later this month.- Advertisement -The live blog is below.last_img read more

Liverpool five-a-side team: Do they really need to play Simon Mignolet?

first_img 5 Roberto Firmino – Like his countryman Coutinho, Firmino’s skills and finishing would make him a great striker. 5 5 5 Emre Can – Can is powerful and an adept defender as well as possessing a fierce long shot, a good option for defence. 5 Jurgen Klopp is still trying to get the best out of his Liverpool team the Premier League this season, but how would they fare in a five-a-side league?As all amateur footballers will testify to, the five-man game is a completely different animal to it’s 11-a-side big brother.Long balls become useless, the big man who is good in the air is redundant (sorry Christian Benteke) and the strong-tackling hard-man is pinged every time he risks his knees sliding on the astro-turf.So who would make your team’s five-a-side from the current crop of players? talkSPORT look at who would be the likely line-ups.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Liverpool five a-side team.Agree with talkSPORT’s selections? Let us know who you would pick in the comments section below!TOTTENHAM’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMARSENAL’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN CITY’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMMAN UNITED’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAMCHELSEA’S FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM Nathaniel Clyne (goalie rush) – Click the arrow, right, to see the rest of Liverpool’s five-a-side team – Strictly speaking, you cannot have rush goalie in five-a-side, but we’ve made an exception for Liverpool, given the goalkeeper alternative. Joe Allen – Controversial perhaps, but Allen has an engine and is a decent passer of the ball which are two key components in five-a-side. Philippe Coutinho – Coutinho is full of tricks and flicks and would be able to squeeze out of any small space with the ball intact. last_img read more

ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED FOR 3 MEN ON AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGES

first_imgA JUDGE has issued arrest warrants for three men facing aggravated burglary charges who failed to appear in court.Legal representatives of all three men told Judge John O’Hagan that the men were not in court and attempts to reach them had failed.Martin McDonagh, who is 21 and with an address at 52 The Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, William McDonagh, who is 47 and also of 52 The Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny and Thomas McDonagh of Meadowbank Park, Letterkenny, had been due to appear before Letterkenny Circuit Court. The each faced a dozen charges relating to an incident at a house in Killyclug, Letterkenny, on May 2, 2014.The charges include aggravated burglary and going equipped to carry out a burglary.Judge O’Hagan issued warrants for the arrest of all three men.ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED FOR 3 MEN ON AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGES was last modified: July 12th, 2016 by John2Share 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:arrest warrantdonegalletterkennyMCDONAGHSlast_img read more

GONE PHISHING….DONEGALDAILY OFFERED $19.3M!

first_imgBELOW is the sort of nonsense scam that some people fall for.It’s an email from a Mr Hazan Zuma offering donegaldaily.com $19.3M.All we have to do is give him some personal details, and he’ll kindly lodge the cash in our bank account!!!! Mr Hazan Zuma Subject: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY & REPLY BACK,Date: 10 August 2011 02:42:22 GMT+01:00PLEASE READ CAREFULLY & REPLY BACK, I am Mr Zuma Hazan.The Director incharge of Auditing section of Bank of Africa (BOA) in Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso. I need your urgent business assistance in transferring an abandoned sum of ($19.3 Million) dollars left by a deceased customer of my bank immediately to your account.If you are interested and ready to partake in this great business opportunity,kindly send your profiles to me including your Name,your private telephone number for easy communication.I will send you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will receive 40% of the above mentioned amount if you agree to help me execute this business.May the almighty God be with you at all times so Please contact me  back FOR THE FULL DETAILS OF THIS PROPOSAL,WITH THEFOLLOWING INFORMETIONS. YOUR FULL NAME……………………..YOUR PHONE NUMBER……………………….Respectfully.Mr Zuma Telephone: +226 79 16 12 81.GONE PHISHING….DONEGALDAILY OFFERED $19.3M! was last modified: August 10th, 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC FINAL: GAA FRATERNITY GIVE THEIR PREDICTIONS ON THE BIG GAME

first_imgDonegal Daily got the thoughts of Charlie Collins, former county star John Gildea, current star Odhran MacNiallais and former Dungloe manager Myles Sweeney in the run-up to Sunday’s Donegal SFC final between local rivals St Eunan’s and Glenswilly. The panel are siding with the ‘men from the Glen’ to win their third Donegal SFC title in four years.Charlie Collins: It’s going to be a real battle on Sunday, the landscape has changed dramatically since the pair last met in a county final in 2007. It came somewhat as a surprise for Glenswilly to reach a final that year, and in the end the occasion was probably too much for them.Fast forward seven years later, and it’s a very different scenario.Glenswilly have won two Donegal SFC titles, appeared in the Ulster final last year, and are going for their third title in just four years.It is also worth pointing out that since St Eunan’s last won the Donegal SFC title two years ago, they’ve lost nine players from that team. They’ve managed to retain the services of Michael Martin, Eamon Doherty, Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty, Conall Dunne and John Haran, so they’ve plenty of experience right through the spine of their team.But the other nine players are relatively young, with many making their first ever appearance in a senior final.How they cope with that could have a huge bearing on the game, out of that nine, St Eunan’s need at least six of those players to perform to their maximum capabilities.Then there’s the Michael Murphy factor, how do you cope with him?Naomh Conaill did an OK job on him, but he still was the critical difference between the two sides in the end up. It won’t be a pretty game on Sunday, Glenswilly have the ability to strangle games and do enough to get over the line.Both teams will be cautious, as obviously there is so much at stake, St Eunan’s had to come out and attack last weekend after falling four points down at two different stages against St Michael’s and showed tremendous character.It’s going to be very, very close, but I expect Glenswilly to edge it by a couple of points.Charlie Collins – VERDICT – GLENSWILLY John Gildea: I think the job Maxi Curran has done since taking over at St Eunan’s has been fantastic.He’s overseen a lot of change, and I thought the rebuilding the job required at St Eunan’s wouldn’t have come to fruition for another couple of years.However, they’re in a final now, and they thoroughly deserve to be there.They’ve played some great football this year, and have blooded some real quality young players.I can see similarities between them and our Naomh Conaill side that won the county championship in 2005, we came in completely under the radar.People were aware of myself, Jim McGuinness and a few others, but they’d never heard of Anthony Thompson, Leo McLoone, who were future county players.Players that have since went on to win Ulster and All-Ireland medals.I think St Eunan’s have future county players on show right now that many people haven’t heard of before, but I think Sunday might have come a bit early for them.St Eunan’s still have some very seasoned campaigners in their side, but overall the team is relatively inexperienced in contrast to Glenswilly.Many of the Eunan’s side that will start on Sunday, have never experienced playing in a Senior final before and that could have an impact on the outcome of the match, particularly if it’s close, which I imagine it will be.Glenswilly are battle hardened and every player knows their role within the team.They’re very effective in grinding out results, even when they don’t play particularly well.That’s the sign of a good team, a team that can win without playing well.They’re well-organised and they’re extremely hard to beat, add in the fact they’ve probably got the best player in the country in Michael Murphy and they’re very formidable side.Last week against Naomh Conaill, Murphy scored some incredible points, on a wet heavy pitch, he scored points that nobody else would’ve kicked.It’s going to be very close, it is a hard one to call, but I’m just edging towards Glenswilly because of their greater experience and the fact they have Michael Murphy on their team, he could make all the difference again on Sunday.John Gildea – VERDICT – GLENSWILLYMyles Sweeney: It’s a really, really tough game to call, it’s a really intriguing game.You’ve got all the ingredients that come with a bitter local derby, it’s the country team versus the town team.You’ve got lads that have went to school together, grown up together, there’s a lot at stake, and it’s a huge game.Glenswilly you’d have to say are the slightly more experienced side, and are bit further down the road together as a team.St Eunan’s have lost a large number of players since their last success, and are under somewhat of a transitional period you could say.Maxi Curran has blooded some quality young players, and they have a very bright future, but not having experienced playing in a final before could count against them on Sunday.Glenswilly have this grit and steely determination to grind out results, and do whatever it takes to get over the line.It’s small margins that win games like these, but it could come down to a break of a ball or a free late on to decide the game.How they do cope with Michael Murphy, will Neil Gallagher dominate the middle sector of the pitch, or can St Eunan’s gain the upper-hand.It’s going to be extremely close, but I’m going to tip Glenswilly to win narrowly, as they just have this uncanny ability to win close matches.Myles Sweeney – VERDICT – GLENSWILLY Odhran MacNiallais: I genuinely can’t pick a winner between these two, I just think they’re so evenly matched all over the pitch.I think both teams possess a good balance of physicality and quality, and that’s why it’s so hard to pick a winner between the two.St Eunan’s have brought a lot of young players into the team, but so far they haven’t been fazed, and have taken everything in their stride.Sunday is a different proposition though, and how they handle the big occasion could be key.Sunday is a massive occasion for both clubs, and with it being a local derby it has all the ingredients you’d want in a big match.Both teams have match-winners that can dominate the game and play pivotal roles for their team.It’s going to very, very close, I genuinely think it will be draw at full-time, that’s how tight I reckon it’s going to be.I know I’ll be accused of sitting on the fence, but I’m going for a draw at full-time.Odhran MacNiallais – VERDICT – DRAWDONEGAL SFC FINAL: GAA FRATERNITY GIVE THEIR PREDICTIONS ON THE BIG GAME was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Charlie CollinsDonegal SFCGAAglenswillyJohn GildeaMyles SweeenynewsOdhran MacNiallaispredictionsSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Language Strangles Scientific Ideals

first_imgBig Science doesn’t have a public relations problem. It has a propaganda problem.To hear science journal editors and science news reporters, you would think the gods are angry at stupid people. For example, on Live Science, Stephanie Pappas purports to explain “Why Americans Deny Science,” taking hold of the Yoda microphone to berate the unwashed masses. It’s not that the issues of “evolution, climate and vaccines” do not deserve informed discussion, or whether a fraction of the populace believes dumb things. It’s that her elitist stance begins and ends with the attitude, “We’re right, they’re wrong, that’s the end of the story” (see 12/23/16).The U.S. has a science problem. Around half of the country’s citizens reject the facts of evolution; fewer than a third agree there is a scientific consensus on human-caused climate change, and the number who accept the importance of vaccines is ticking downward.But there are reasons to doubt the “scientific consensus.”  Who says so? Members of the scientific consensus itself, that’s who. Consider these recent reports from the journals and mainstream media.Equivocation in scientific lingo. Scientific papers are known for their incomprehensible jargon. An ostensible purpose of the recondite rhetoric is to aim for precision in meaning. Here’s an example, though, of rhetorical imprecision. The phrase ‘risk factor’ sounds scientific, doesn’t it? What, exactly, does it mean? Medical Xpress points to the phrase as an example of imprecise language with multiple meanings (see Equivocation in the Baloney Detector). A post-doc scholar at METRICS (Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford) conducted a study of terminology in the literature, and found that ‘risk factor’ alone has four possible meanings. Annoyed, Anders Huitfeldt, PhD, had this to say: ”“I have had a long-standing interest in trying to understand why published research papers often fail to find the truth,” he said. “It seems that often researchers are confused about what they are actually trying to do.”The problem goes far beyond this one particular phrase. If scientists cannot even agree on what they mean by their own widely-used terminology, the very question they address in research gets muddled. “And this uncertainty becomes a serious impediment to processing information correctly to arrive at the scientific truth.” Conclusion: imprecision in phraseology is a risk factor for muddle-headed obtuseness.Buzz bombs. To show we are not alone in use of the term ‘Big Science’, observe that Nature uses it, too. “Big science has a buzzword problem,” a news feature in the respected journal announces. Megan Scudellari intones, “Moonshots, road maps, frameworks and more are proliferating, but few can agree on what these names even mean.” If scientists don’t know what they mean by a research project that’s going to cost the taxpayers tons of money (e.g., Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot”), how is the public supposed to know? Here’s that imprecision risk factor again:‘Moonshot’, ‘road map’, ‘initiative’ and other science-planning buzzwords have meaning, yet even some of the people who choose these terms have trouble defining them precisely. The terms might seem interchangeable, but close examination reveals a subtle hierarchy in their intentions and goals. Moonshots, for example, focus on achievable, but lofty, engineering problems. Road maps and decadal surveys (see ‘Alternate aliases’) lay out milestones and timelines or set priorities for a field. That said, many planning projects masquerade as one title while acting as another.It gets worse. Scudellari points out that projects labeled with these buzzwords “add unnecessary layers of bureaucracy and overhead costs to doing science, reduce creativity and funding stability and often lack the basic science necessary to succeed.” No wonder The Martian faced death-defying challenges. Scudellari provides disturbing examples of muddle in the Big Science – Big Government nexus. She notes in passing that “Science partly progresses by serendipity” in addition to moonshots, whatever those are. Serendipity can emerge as a flash of insight for one individual scientist.Have a nice epoch. Nature printed an interesting dialogue about the new buzzword “Anthropocene,” a proposed geological epoch that begins with human impact on the planet. (We note in passing that the words era, epoch, eon, and period, while essentially synonymous in English, take on artificial meanings in geology’s arbitrary classification scheme. The rocks know nothing of the ‘Geologic Column’ and couldn’t care less.) In his critique, Noel Castree argues that “it is folly to believe that there is an objective way to define a new ‘age of humans’.” His neologism ‘scientize’ carries a stinging bite:What counts as epochal change is a matter of perspective and emerges from judgements about when quantitative change morphs into qualitative transformation. The interpretive and critical parts of social science can help us to appreciate that formalizing the Anthropocene is a misguided attempt to ‘scientize’ a particular set of value judgements. No such formalization is needed to underpin arguments for humans to live in ways that are less environmentally destructive.Indignant members of the Anthropocene Working Group do their best to defend the term’s meaningfulness in their reply, but point out that once the term is settled, it will work with “physical scientists, social scientists, humanists and artists.” Something like the word evolution does?Hidden agendas. Speaking of buzzwords, Nature‘s editors introduced one with profound consequences for citizens. “‘Nature-based solutions’ is the latest green jargon that means more than you might think,” the headline says. “It may sound vague, but the term represents real and vital concepts.” Our first impression was that it refers to biomimetics. Not. In fact, freedom-loving conservatives need to watch out for this friendly euphemism, not just because the leftist journal Nature likes it, but because it could hit their wallets. Nature likes it because it sounds nicer to innocent taxpayers than the clunky phrases, ‘ecosystem services’, ‘green–blue infrastructure’ and ‘natural capital’.” By contrast, nature-based solutions has a nice ring to it (like ‘sustainable’ or ‘evidence-based’), enough to rally the globalists and policymakers:NBS — as almost no one yet calls it — is a newly coined umbrella term intended to sweep up all of the above phrases, add others such as ‘ecological engineering’ and ‘ecosystem-based mitigation’, and dump them into a policy-relevant pot, where sustainable practices that harness the natural world (wetlands to clean waste water, for example) can be devised, analysed and then pulled out for use by politicians, scholars and researchers….‘Nature-based solutions’ might sound like it belongs on the side of a gardener’s van, but the concept it represents is of vital and urgent significance. As the grand challenges that face society continue to build, so does the need for multidisciplinary, evidence-based strategies to, for example, protect water supplies, address habitat loss and mitigate and adapt to climate change. And if a concept is solid, then the alien words and terms that represent it have a habit of becoming familiar and bedding into everyday discourse.Hold onto your wallet, in other words. Nature grins at how other buzzwords, like biodiversity and sustainable development “emerged into policy debate” relatively quickly. Who are the debaters, you might ask? Big Science, Big Government, the UN, Big Media and all the other Big institutions that decide for the public what they want to do, then ask the public for their money.Foxes elect themselves guardians of the henhouse. Speaking of policy, Nature also reported that a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) produced a document called the Brussels Declaration (odd, since they worked in Boston), “a 20-point blueprint for a set of ethics and principles to inform work at the boundaries of science, society and policy.” It’s nice that they care about ethics and integrity, but they get to define those words, too. Beware if they think integrity evolved by natural selection.One might think that scientists are already paragons of integrity. Why, then, was this declaration needed?Most policy decisions are informed by evidence that is provided by experts. All too often, who those experts are, how they are chosen and the true reliability of their advice is open to question. Key requirements for public dialogue and better understanding are transparency, scrutiny and inclusivity.Inclusivity—the buzzword that usually refers to certain sexual orientations—suggests that Nature and the AAAS will be happiest if two transgender lesbians who are transparent about their gay marriage are included in Big Science & Big Government confabs to inform policy for the rest of us.Automated bias. In the internet age, much of our information comes to us from Google searches. Many users might presume that answers to questions are evidence-based, transparent, and scrutinized with the appropriate inclusivity. Thomas Maher (U of Arizona) is concerned, though, that these answers may actually be promoting more falsehood online. He states on The Conversation that the top answer in a Google search on the question, “Did the Holocaust happen?”, led users to a neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Holocaust-denying website. In the article, Maher points out additional problems with Google answers. But the concern can cut multiple ways. What happens, for instance, if government censors decide what is fake news or fake science? As we showed in the opening Live Science article, one can imagine the kinds of answers Stephanie Pappas would give—were she put on a censor board—to questions about creation, evolution, or intelligent design.Power corrupts in many ways, not just financial. All humans, even scientists, are prone to promote their agendas and ideologies. Some take the shortcut of propaganda. The more power, the more ability to foist fake science through large, wealthy institutions.Avoiding propaganda requires moral qualities that Big Science admits is in short supply (else why need a Brussels Declaration?). Beware any expert who thinks that integrity evolves. That ideology could lead to things like Newspeak: war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more