NACAC bronze medals for Wilkins-Gooden, Chambers

first_imgJAMAICA increased its medal tally at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Athletics Championships in San JosÈ, Costa Rica, by two on yesterday’s second day of the three-day meet.Bobby Gaye Wilkins-Gooden and Ricardo Chambers won bronze medals in the women’s and men’s 400 metres, respectively. The country now has three medals a gold and two bronze. Shanieke Thomas won the triple jump on the opening day.Wilkins Gooden clocked (52.45) to finish behind Americans Courtney Okolo (51.75) and Kala Funderburk (52.22).Chambers (45.37) was third to Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon (44.89) and Nery Brenes of Costa Rica (45.22).Livermore placed fourthIn other events yesterday, Jason Livermore was fourth in the men’s 100m final in 10.13, while Sheldon Mitchell was seventh in 10.31. American Remondy McLain won in 10.09 from Barbadians Ramon Gittens (10.11) and Levi Cadogan (10.13).Samantha Henry-Robinson placed fifth in the women’s 100m in 11.45. Americans Barbara Pierre (11.12) and Charonda Williams (11.21) took the top-two places ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (11.22).Jamaica’s Tyler Mason (13.32) was fourth in the 110m hurdles, while Deuce Carter was seventh in 13.66. Trinidad’s Mikhel Thomas won the event in a meet record 13.25. Cuba’s Jhanis Portilla (13.30) was second and Eddie Lovet of the US Virgin Islands captured bronze in 13.31.last_img read more

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BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITY

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITYSATURDAY, MARCH 12BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITY, VITALITY STADIUMBournemouth are unbeaten away in the league in 2016, in five games, and return to the Vitality Stadium where they will hope to build on just four home wins. Swansea, meanwhile, have just three wins on the road and only 14 goals from 14 games. Swansea will hope midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson can maintain his good recent form; he has scored in six of his last 10 Premier League games.Villa reveal big lossesLONDON (AP) – Aston Villa’s new accounts have revealed losses of US$81 million as the club faces a costly relegation from the Premier League.In 2014-15, Aston Villa Football Club Limited generated US$160 million in revenue but saw administrative expenses soar by more than 56 percent to US$240 million.Villa reached the final of the FA Cup last season but finished 17th in the league, narrowly avoiding relegation last May.Now the former European champions are stranded at the bottom of the Premier League and facing relegation. American owner Randy Lerner is trying to sell the central England club.Timbers acquire Jack BarmbyPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Timbers have acquired midfielder Jack Barmby on loan from English Premier League club Leicester City.The 21-year-old Barmby spent the start of the 2015-16 season on loan with Rotherham United and Notts County. He was expected to arrive in Portland in the next several days.He was part of Manchester United’s development system and signed a professional contract with the team in 2013.Barmby also played on England’s youth national teams.last_img read more

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President Weah, Beware of Squealers and Judases

first_imgBy: Kadiker Rex Dahn, MA, M.Ed, PhDIntroduction Members of the Congress of Democratic Change, relentlessly continue to argue that the government under the stewardship of President Weah belongs to them and no one else. Political hustlers with inconsistent character who were given part of the national cake based on arrangement for endorsement, alienated their citizens and sold their portion.As such, whether capable or incapable massive recruitments continue and the wage bill is at an astronomical level. The economic situation in the Country is disturbing and certainly has created mixed feelings and anxiety among citizens. There are delays in salary payments presumably across the board in every entity in government.To borrow from the Novel, Animal Farm, there are many Squealers who continue to offer relativistic interpretations and solutions to the unfolding economic situation in the Country. Squealer was a crook and disingenuous character who deceptively and consistently gave misguided and corrupted interpretations of the Animals’ Constitution even though the fabric of the Animals’ existence was being undermined, eroded and destroyed.President Weah, beware of these Squealers and Judases because in my mind, they are pushing you to the periphery and at the same time undermining you with reckless advice, statements and recommendations. As an academician and one interested in education, my attention is drawn to your pronouncement as it relates to free education in public universities and colleges in Liberia.The purpose of this article, His Excellency is to argue that you were ill-advised and those who advised you to make such pronouncement without counting the cost, are Squealers and Judases dancing and dining with you yet creating serious political hurdles for you.DiscussionAlmost a year ago, President Weah, flanked by Cabinet Ministers and trusted lieutenants, drove to the University of Liberia main campus on Capitol Hill and pronounced free education in all public tertiary institutions. I am convinced that the President’s advisors especially the Economic Advisor gave approbation to the pronouncement.I am also certain as a matter of protocol and good governance that the President sought advice from the Economic Management Team he constituted. Members of this Economic Team, it is assumed, are experts in financial matters. These experts analyzing the current economic situation and projecting future trend advised the President to make such a pronouncement.I am also certain that President Weah’s current Minister of Education who spent decades at the University of Liberia in  administrative positions and who is very knowledgeable about difficulties and constraints at the University of Liberia and other educational institutions in the Republic equally advised the President to make such pronouncement.I wonder whether the leaderships of various public universities and colleges who are very well aware of their economic struggles in their respective places of work were consulted before such pronouncement? If affirmative, I maintain that they are equally Judases and the President must seriously rethink their action of duplicity and deception.However, as a former Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Director General, National Commission on Higher Education, who is fully aware of the economic constraints in education, I am of the strong conviction that public universities and colleges’ leaderships did not approve of such a measure because by doing so would be tantamount to self-annihilation.If my assertion is correct, who then should be actual culprits in pushing the President to making such pronouncement? Concisely conceived, I am pointing fingers at the Economic Advisor and the Economic Management Team. On the broader level, I am pointing fingers at the National Chairman, Executive of the Congress of Democratic Change and the Coalition of Democratic of Change. The President has been misled and tension may be mounting at public universities and colleges.If lecturers from public universities and colleges are not paid, they will be forced to abandon classes. If lecturers refuse to go to classes, students may demand government to pay their lecturers since those are public institutions. If these things begin to happen, academic activities at these universities and colleges will be stalled and Weah as the President of the Country will be forced to address and mitigate self-created tension.Judases Dining and Dancing with the President His Excellency, on radio talk shows and in local dailies, reckless statements continue to emanate from individuals who are claiming to love you and yet in reality, cannot ably defend your government to the international community.In other nations of the world, when the economic situation is at the level like what we currently have in Liberia, to help the President and the Government, a Congressional Delegation headed by the Speaker usually visits economic power houses like the United States and European Countries to lobby for economic aids and bilateral agreements.One must ask, the President knowing what he knows about the current Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic Liberia, who is number three in succession — is he nationally and internationally fit to undertake such measure?If he is not able to take such measure, why allow such a person to occupy a critical and prestigious position like the Speaker of House of Representatives? Since in politics, it is always proper to get a Speaker from the Ruling Party, was there no better candidate apart from this current Speaker?Can some members of the House of Representatives and individuals opposing recommendation made to the President to think outside of the box proffered by Hon. Edwin Melvin Snowe ably lobby and represent our government to the international community?Can tainted characters that sooner or later will be picked up by INTERPOOL, who are protecting themselves with inconsistent political utterances and rhetoric, lobby on behalf of the government in the United States and European Countries?What’s the benefit of accepting  advice from such individuals? Be careful with some of these political crooks whose main aims are self-protection and economic aggrandizement. Indeed, there are too many Judases dancing and dinning with President Weah for selfish reasons.Compounding the situation is the President’s inability to travel to the United States on a State visit to meet United States’ Congressional Leaders and the President of the United States. Attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York is not enough. Again, His Excellency, is it because your International Advisor and Cabinet advised you not to engage the United States?What is the international relationship of these advisors with the West especially the United States of America? Your inability to go for a State visit to the United States is a serious international and political mistake. In this age, no country can economically and peacefully survive without the blessings of the United States. Fact: the United States Government has power to enforce all decisions.Recommendations/The way Forward Gabriel Baccus Matthews, one of our progressive fathers once said of President Sirleaf’s election in 2005, “this is the President all of us did not vote for but this is the President all of us have”. In the same way, His Excellency, a number of Liberian professionals and citizens including this author did not vote for you during the 2017 General elections.Whether we voted for you or not, you are the President of this Country and therefore President for all; failure is not an option because failure will be detrimental to the young people who reposed their confidence in you and elected you as their President; similarly, the indigenous class of which this author is a member may be tainted with incompetence.To the best of my knowledge and analysis, members of the opposition block are not your enemies. Solicit opposition’s views on all these important issues. As a way forward, I recommend the following: Apologize to the nation and the university’s students community and recant your decision as it relates to free education. “One cannot eat crab with shame” Liberian adage says. Let students pay half of their tuition and government helps with the other half. There is nothing free in the world especially when one is from a third world country like Liberia.Consider and implement the recommendations from Hon. Edwin Melvin Snowe as it relates to constituting a new Economic Management Team where actual professionals with friendly international faces will be brought into the government. Reshuffle your government; recruit professional and honest Liberians who will not just be praise singers.The United States of America is Liberia’s traditional friend. None of the country the President visited thus far since coming to power can do better than the United States. Bring in Career Diplomats with friendly faces who, can mitigate and repair the damage of alienation with the Government of the United States and fight corruption.About the author: Kadiker Rex Dahn holds a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the university of Oklahoma. He formerly served as a Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Director General, National Commission on Higher Education. He is a member of the North America Scholar Consortium, membership with Highest Honor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn – Advertisement –last_img read more

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A surprise Chelsea XI for Maccabi Champions League visit – Arsenal in mind?

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho may rest key players for the visit of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League with Saturday’s Arsenal clash in mind.Chelsea are 17th in the Premier League, six points behind the Gunners, who sit in fourth.It may mean academy graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets a rare chance to shine in midfield. Radamel Falcao and Pedro are injured, but Oscar will reportedly return from a spell on the sidelines.“I have a squad, I trust the squad and I don’t have to play with the same XI,” Mourinho said.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see a predicted Chelsea line up for the game against Maccabi. 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 11 11 36. Ruben Loftus-Cheek 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (midfield) 10. Eden Hazard (left sided attack) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Chelsea line-up against Maccabi Tel Aviv in number order 11 11 11 6. Baba Rahman (left back) 11 18. Loic Remy (striker) 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back) 11 11 11 8. Oscar (central attacker) 22. Willian (right side of attack) last_img read more

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Area politicans find necessity to shop smart

first_imgWhen area politicians shop in their hometowns, they have to walk the line. On one hand, they try to make their purchases in the cities they represent, which keeps tax dollars in town. On the other hand, they have to be careful not to appear to favor one business over the other – or to compromise their integrity when it comes to voting on city projects. “I guess you just have to feel it in your gut, what’s right and what’s not right,” said Glendora City Councilwoman Karen Davis, who is the pastor of First Christian Church of Glendora. “I’ve had a few instances where people offer to do such and such if I show up at their event, and it’s usually something really small. But I always say `no.’ Just the appearance could be considered questionable.” Recently, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office launched an investigation into the purchase of a car by West Covina City Councilman Roger Hernandez from a dealership owned by West Covina businessman Ziad Alhassen. Hernandez recently voted to allow Alhassen to receive $3.5 million – subject to conditions – in public funds from the West Covina Community Development Commission. Hernandez said he did nothing wrong by purchasing the car. Alhassen declined to comment. Although politicians contacted for this story did not want to talk directly about Hernandez’s case, some of them said it is can be tricky shopping in cities they were elected to represent. Almost all area towns have campaigns encouraging citizens to shop locally, because 1 percent of all taxable purchases go to a city’s coffers. So a big purchase, such as a $25,000 vehicle, would end up earning a city $250. “As council members, we always encourage our residents – in order to increase tax revenues – to shop, dine and make purchases in our community,” said Rosemead City Councilman John Tran, who is a close friend to Hernandez. “If we’re not doing the same thing, we’re hypocritical.” And just because a person is an elected official, he or she does not give up the right to haggle, Tran said. “I’m only human,” he said. “We always want the best deal. Haggling is part of human nature. As long as we are not using our influence to get a better deal, we’re OK.” In some cases, a politician will avoid a business or individual altogether, especially if the official knows a vote regarding the business will come up. “The best example of that would be Ibiza,” said Whittier City Councilman Owen Newcomer, who recently voted to revoke the alcohol-sales permit of Rome Fine Dining, which was previously called Ibiza Steak and Lounge. “I avoided going to the club because I knew I was going to have to vote,” he said. “If you are making a decision as a quasi-judicial body, such as revoking a \, generally the rule is to avoid talking to the people from the business in question.” It is better for a council to make decisions based on information presented at a public hearing, Newcomer said. The things that disqualify council members from voting on an issue are many, but the rule of thumb is: If the vote could make the official richer, in comparison to the majority of the people in a city or district, the official should not vote on the item. “If it’s reasonably foreseeable that it would have a material financial effect, they cannot participate,” Pasadena City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris said. But the law is very nuanced, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission interprets the law as it sees fit, she said. Despite increased scrutiny, politicians say they won’t stop buying from businesses in the cities they represent. Newcomer, Davis and Covina Councilman Kevin Stapleton said they bought vehicles from dealers in their home cities. “I negotiated, like anybody else would,” Stapleton said of a 2003 GMC Yukon he bought at Reynolds Buick-GMC Trucks in Covina. “I never pointed out I was a council member.” Stapleton said he already knew what the vehicle was worth before he went into the dealership. “I think a person has got to know that if they are getting a deal that seems too good, somebody is messing with them,” he said. “It would be obvious.” One area car dealer said he wouldn’t be offering any area politicians special discounts. “George W. Bush, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, may- be,” joked David Wang, whose family owns CH Auto in Rosemead. “But with our local people, I don’t think so.” ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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WIN A FANTASTIC FREE XMAS ARTISAN FOOD AND WINE HAMPER WITH THE COUNTER DELI

first_imgThe McKenna Guide “Award Winning” Counter Deli in Letterkenny are celebrating the launch of their 2014 Christmas Hampers & Wine Gifts by giving away a hamper a week until Christmas to lucky Donegal Daily readers!The Counter have painstakingly sourced the best of local produce as well as further afield to create the most sought after hampers this Christmas.Boxed in beautiful contemporary natural recyclable branded packaging, they have become something of a cult gift. Central to their hampers are the themes of both supporting local and the ultimate in high quality produce.Thankfully there are more and more local artisan food producers, ensuring that the Donegal hampers are the best they’ve ever been.If you have a more personalised gift in mind, that’s no problem.Take your time to browse the selection of wine, local produce and artisan products and make your own. If you just can’t decide, let them know what you want to spend and they’ll do the hard work!For a chance to win this week’s hamper, just follow the link at the bottom of this article to The Counter’s Facebook page, and like and share their competition post! Simple!The winner will be announced next Friday!https://www.facebook.com/thecounterdeliireland WIN A FANTASTIC FREE XMAS ARTISAN FOOD AND WINE HAMPER WITH THE COUNTER DELI was last modified: November 27th, 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:BusinessFeaturesFree HampernewsThe Counter DeliXmaslast_img read more

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Uganda win one and lose the other in their opening games at the 3*3 World Cup

first_imgUganda in action against Russia in their 22-8 loss (Photos by Agencies)FIBA 3*3 World Cup TournamentSaturday, 08-06-2018-1st Game: Russia 22-8 Uganda-2nd Game: Uganda 18-10 IranUganda won one and lost the other in opening two games at the ongoing FIBA 3*3 World Cup tournament in Philippines.In their first game of the morning, Team Uganda lost 22-8 to defending Champions Russia in a game that clearly showcased the difference in quality between the two sides.Uganda never looked a threat right from the start as the defending champions’ experience and teamwork came at the fore at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, BulacanLiudmila Sapova scored a game high eight points for the victors.Jamila Nansikombi and Sarah Ageno collected a team high 3 points each for Uganda.Uganda in action against IranIn the second game, Uganda rallied to an18-10 victory against Iran – the defeat is the second for Iran who earlier lost to USA, 7-21.Ageno scored 7 points to add Zama’s 5. Ritah Imanishimwe and Claire Lamunu added 4 and 2 points in that order.Mozhgan Khodadadi scored 6 points for Iran.Team Uganda will return to action on Monday with two games: first up against USA before playing Andorra (who lost 7-21 to Russia in their opener).The top two teams in each group will advance to the next stage, as the rest will play the subsequent placement matches.Comments Tags: 3*3 World Cup 2018last_img read more

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Warriors’ Eric Paschall out vs. Kings, will return Wednesday in Portland

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall (hip) will sit out Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings but will return for Wednesday’s game in Portland, head coach Steve Kerr said.Paschall, 23, will miss his second-straight game with left hip soreness. The Warriors are being careful with their standout rookie, deciding it best to give him another game off as to not risk long-term injury.In 25 games (19 starts), Paschall has averaged 16.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in …last_img read more

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Misleading Data: Scientists Fooled by Their Own Assumptions

first_img(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today) Whatever the datum you think speaks verbatim, it ain’t necessarily so.While scientific observations are the key to reliable theories and predictions, they cannot speak for themselves.  Every person, including a scientist, filters the data through his or her own assumptions and expectations.  Here are examples of assumptions in diverse fields of science that have misled scientists, sometimes for many years.Astrobiology:  Inconvenient truths:  Ever since the first exoplanets were found, astrobiologists have assumed that they could detect “biomarkers” (hints of life) by looking for disequlibria in their atmospheric spectra: that is, indications that life is tweaking the atmosphere into a non-natural state.  Wrong, says a new PNAS paper.  Three scientists present “Some inconvenient truths about biosignatures involving two chemical species on Earth-like exoplanets.”  The method can produce false positives:The search for life on planets outside our own solar system is among the most compelling quests that humanity has ever undertaken. An often suggested method of searching for signs of life on such planets involves looking for spectral signatures of strong chemical disequilibrium. This article introduces an important potential source of confusion associated with this method. Any exoplanet can host a moon that contaminates the planetary spectrum. In general, we will be unable to exclude the existence of a moon. By calculating the most optimistic spectral resolution in principle obtainable for Earth-like planets, we show that inferring a biosphere on an exoplanet might be beyond our reach in the foreseeable future.Such misleading biosignatures are “the cosmic equivalent of fool’s gold,” Science Magazine notes.”Biomedicine:  Rats! and the de-scent of man:  How long have lab rats been used in research?  A century or more?  What scientists didn’t know is that the smell of men stresses the little rodents out.  This could bias test results and lead to false conclusions.  It’s also a possible reason why some results are not reproducible, a press release from McGill University says.  In all this time, nobody thought to control for gender among lab technicians.In research published online April 28 in Nature Methods, the scientists report that the presence of male experimenters produced a stress response in mice and rats equivalent to that caused by restraining the rodents for 15 minutes in a tube or forcing them to swim for three minutes. This stress-induced reaction made mice and rats of both sexes less sensitive to pain.Female experimenters produced no such effects.An article on New Scientist says that “The finding could mean that thousands of behavioural experiments have overlooked an important factor affecting their results.”Sociology: from nudge to sludge:  The current American federal branch of the government has relied heavily on the psychological teachings of Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, who developed the “nudge” theory for shaping the unconscious mind and influencing collective behavior by the use of subliminal cues (Sunstein was Obama’s regulatory czar during his first administration, then served on the NSA oversight panel).  Wrong-headed, says a new book by Magda Osman, reviewed on Medical Xpress.  The article calls into question the whole idea of the “unconscious,” suggesting instead that conscious thinking cannot be bypassed.“The UK, US and a growing list of other international governments, want to apply nudge to affect public policy on important issues such as wellbeing, health and financial decision-making. The problem is experimental rigor needs to improve before we can say that nudges are effective. Certainly there is no reliable evidence that nudges lead to significant behavioural change in the long term, just as there is no direct comparisons of the effectiveness of nudges against the introduction of taxation systems when it comes to increasing fitness, reducing smoking cessation, and reducing alcohol consumption.” commented Dr Osman.“People don’t want to hear this, but the most effective way to making better decisions is to first establish a willingness to change ones’ behaviour and values, develop coherent plans, think through the possible consequences of individual actions, and always keeping the far and near future in mind; in other words, hard thinking,” she added.Geology: fibbing mountains:  You would think that inanimate objects just sit there and reveal objective truth about themselves, but no: Live Science says that mountains can lie.  In “Mountainous fib: Andes lie about their age,”  Larry O’Hanlon of Discovery News describes the confusion geologists are experiencing over one part of the mountain chain that seems old and another part that seems young, depending on the method used.  Conflicting data “adds yet another twist to the puzzling processes that created the range.”Paleoanthropology: cuddly Neanderthals:  What would researchers from the late 19th century have thought if they knew that in 2014, Neanderthals would be described as good parents?  They might have felt they were living in an alternate universe, but it’s true; Live Science describes “Cuddly Neanderthals” with a drawing of an adult holding a child tenderly.  How did the early researchers get it so wrong?  Notice how their biases affected their data gathering:The York findings fly against the stereotype partly because most archaeologists ignored the bones of children found in Neanderthal graves. They pored over the bones of adults and stored the bones of children and infants in boxes in the basements of museums, never looking at them, Spikins said. But those bones and the graves in which they were found tell a story.According to the new thinking, “They cared for their children, teaching them what they needed to know. They also cared for the injured and sick, and when Neanderthals died — particularly children and infants — they were buried with care and respect.”  It should have made sense if the early researchers had thought about this.  A current researcher from Spain who defends the current thinking that Neanderthals were every bit as capable as modern humans asks, “If Neanderthal had not been ‘loving parents,’ how would their offspring and hence the population itself, have survived?”Phylogenetics: ‘Y’ the chromosome is alive and well:  It looks so shriveled up, the Y chromosome must be on the way out, an evolutionary relic—largely junk DNA.  That’s what many evolutionists have concluded from looking at it.  Not so, says a press release from MIT’s Whitehead Institute.  A re-analysis of genes on the Y take it “from liability to viability.”  Indeed, many of the chromosome’s genes are “essential for male survival,” being expressed in many tissues of the male body, not just the sex organs.  Comparisons of Y chromosomes between rhesus monkeys, chimpanzees and humans supports the new view that the Y is alive and well.  David Page of the Whitehead Institute is debunking a popular—but wrong—notion:Page believes this research will at last allow his lab to transition from proving the so-called rotting Y theorists wrong to a new era in Y chromosome biology. Over the past decade, Page, who is also a professor of biology at MIT and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and his group have been debunking the thinly supported but wildly popular argument that because the Y chromosome had lost hundreds of its genes over roughly 300 million years of evolution, its ultimate extinction is inevitable.The debunking can have dramatic effects on research.  “There is a clear need to move beyond a unisex model of biomedical research,” Page said, “which means we need to move beyond a unisex model of our understanding and treatment of disease.”Mountains don’t lie; people do.  Some may argue that these examples prove that science is a self-correcting process.  We’re just patching a few cracks in the wall to make it stronger, they may say.  The issue is more serious than that.  For one, some of the wrong notions have been taught as scientific fact for well over a century.  For another, these are just some of the false notions that have come to light; how many more are there?  For a third, how would we know if the debunkers have the last word?  Maybe someone will debunk the debunkers in the future, and then other debunkers will debunk them.  There is no guarantee science is converging on “the truth” in these areas.In his excellent course on Philosophy of Science sold by The Teaching Company, Dr. Jeffrey Kasser describes in one lecture how a researcher can never control for all the variables.  The story about lab rats above is a case in point; who would have thought that the odor of males would influence the stress level of rodents, and thus the findings?  What else might be a factor?  Could the researcher’s clothing, the color of the paint, or the elevation of the laboratory affect outcomes?  Replication is supposed to overcome some of these factors, but like Finagle’s Laws warn, “Lab results should be reproducible: they should all fail in the same way.”  Even measuring the melting point of ice could require an infinite number of experimental specifications.  We think we know what factors matter, but so did all the researchers above.  They misled themselves by their assumptions.Most troubling are the cases where researchers waltzed right past “inconvenient truths” or ignored what they thought were irrelevant data, like the bones of Neanderthal children, hiding them away in museum drawers and never looking at them.  The desire to confirm favored hypotheses can mislead the best of scientists.  When ideology is involved, like naturalism, the potential for self-deception is strong – especially when reinforced by social pressure from a powerful consensus.  The faulty conclusions of science can have far-reaching effects, “nudging” politics, education, and international relations.We need to get past the myth that science is an objectively neutral pathway to “the truth” about the natural world.  Science is mediated by fallible humans who are experts at self-deception.  Scientists can entertain “thinly supported but wildly popular” views for decades, even centuries.  They can envision themselves rich with fool’s gold.  The stronger the ideology, the more skeptics outside the consensus are needed to test for iron pyrite.last_img read more

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New pipeline planned for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kinder Morgan, the nation’s largest energy infrastructure company, already has a major presence in Ohio that includes a terminal location in Cincinnati and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline system, which enters the state through Scioto County and exits from Columbiana County.That presence will become even greater with the addition of the Utopia East Pipeline, a new system that will be about 240 miles long and will stretch from southeast Ohio to northwest Ohio. The proposed pipeline will transport an ethane-propane mix.“When people think of energy production in the Utica Shale region, they mainly think of natural gas,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s Vice President of Public Affairs. “The product that we will be moving through this particular pipeline is lesser known but very important and has a very practical use in the production of plastics.”The energy sector has been a shot in the arm for Ohio’s economy and this new project will continue to bring revenue to the Buckeye State.“This is a half billion dollar investment that will employ over 1,000 construction workers during the course of the project’s creation,” Fore said. “So, not only will this be a significant boost to Ohio’s economy and workforce, it also continues to develop markets for the products coming out of the Utica Shale.”With such a project comes the enormous task of finding a path that is agreeable by multiple parties along the way that is also as minimally invasive as possible, for not only the residents affected, but for the land as well.“We have a good history in the state of working with groups like the Ohio Farm Bureau in developing our projects,” Fore said. “The agreements we have with landowners take into account the importance of agricultural lands in the state and the importance of the ag industry as a whole.”That work with the Ohio Farm Bureau includes devising an Agriculture Impact Mitigation Agreement, which helps to provide guidance and direction on how Kinder Morgan constructs their pipelines on agricultural lands. Issues addressed include depth of cover, soil compaction, crop loss and how the process will impact drainage tile.“The reason that we have had over 95% of the folks we’ve approached about the Utopia East Pipeline grant us survey permission is because we take the time to meet individually with each landowner,” Fore said. “We want to be sure they understand what the purpose of this project is, what our construction plans are and then take into account the uniqueness of their individual property as we further refine the project.”For the past several months, Kinder Morgan has been working with landowners, regulatory agencies, counties, townships and other stakeholders and those meetings continue. The company plans to file for their permits and have them reviewed within 2016, begin construction in 2017 and begin service in 2018.last_img read more

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