K35 000 total prize money for Sports Awards

first_imgManaging Director, Stan Joyce said they’re happy to bring to the country the 24th SP Sports Awards that recognises sporting excellence in the country in 2015.“SP Brewery remains steadfast in supporting sports in PNG and our historic partnership with the PNG Olympic Committee will ensure that we bring this prestigious event again this year.“I’d like to encourage all of us to get behind our sporting athletes, coaches, administrators and sports scribers and nominate for the 2016 SP Sports Awards,” said Joyce.Nominations opened yesterday and close on April 1.After the close of nominations, the selection committee will sit for three meetings to select three finalists for each of the categories.The selection committee members are: Moses Koiri (chairman), Auvita Rapilla, Peter Chalapan, Eli Webb and Steven Mase from the media.The awards presentation night is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 in Port Moresby.last_img read more

Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there

first_imgBoston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is introduced to the crowd on the scoreboard from his hospital bed prior to the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. Hayward was injured in the season opener on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward sent a video message from his hospital bed before the team’s home opener on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans: “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there.”The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans’ attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments The team also traded fan favorite Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving and shipped out regular starters Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. In all, just four players on the roster finished last season with the team.Taking Hayward’s minutes, Smart scored 12 points and had nine rebounds on Tuesday night. Smart moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Bucks.“He put a lot of effort into starting his career well in Boston,” Stevens said of Hayward. “This is a setback, but there’s going to be a full recovery.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said in the 30-second message, which was also sent out by the team on Twitter .“I’m going to be all right,” Hayward said. “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supportingyou guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter signing with Boston in the offseason as a free agent, Hayward was injured in the sixth minute of his first game for the Celtics, crumpling to the floor Tuesday in Cleveland with a gruesome ankle injury.Players on both teams reacted in horror on at the site of Hayward’s leg bent unnaturally, but coach Brad Stevens said he did not see the injury live and has avoided watching replays.“Having known him as long as I’ve known him, it’s tough to see him go through this,” said Stevens, who was also Hayward’s college coach at Butler. “We’ll make sure he knows that we’ve got our arms around him.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Stevens said doctors confirmed that Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia. Surgery will be necessary but it hadn’t been scheduled, Stevens said. Hayward was expected to make a full recovery, but the coach did not know if it would be this season.“It’s definitely been tough,” said rookie forward Jayson Tatum. “We’re just keeping Gordon in our prayers, hoping everything is all right.”Fans who never got to see Hayward in a Celtics uniform lined up before Wednesday night’s game to sign a banner imploring him to get better and “come back stronger than ever” from the injury. Other fans held up hand-made signs wishing him well.Celtics forward Daniel Theis wrote “GH20” on his shoe, and a fair number of Hayward’s No. 20 jerseys were visible in the crowd, which began chanting his name late in the first half.After playing his first seven years with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract this offseason to rejoin Stevens in Boston — part of a near-complete roster overhaul for the team that finished first in the Eastern Conference last season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

A way out of a tight fix

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s still a long road, but at least we have a chance,” Black said at the press room of Ynares Center here after their first winning streak of the tournament upped their record to 3-6 (win-loss). They still need to sweep their remaining two games and hope that some of the other teams lose to stay alive.“We still have to win our last two games to get a tie but this will definitely help our confidence,” added Black.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissInterestingly, the Bolts carved out the win in one of Allen Durham’s low-scoring games as the reigning Best Import scored 20 points but got solid backing with four locals shooting twin digits.Next up for the Bolts will be Rain or Shine, whose playoff chances took a big hit earlier in the night after absorbing a 100-84 loss at the hands of cellar-dwelling Columbian Dyip. Ateneo, Adamson try to create buffer as UAAP’s top four teams collide Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That game is slated Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum even as powerhouses San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa clash in a Petron Saturday Special game at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan, looking for wins that would enhance their chances of gaining a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.Tip-off is at 5 p.m. with the Beermen looking for a second straight win and the Texters trying to climb above .500.The Dyip earned a small measure of pride and dealt Rain or Shine a huge hit in its playoff bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup. At the same time, Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel got the validation he badly needed.“I felt like giving up already,” Cardel said after leading the Dyip to their first win in the season-closing conference. “I already talked to my boss and I told him that if we don’t win [a game], we can shuffle [the coaching personnel].“I was ready to accept that,” he said of his talk with board member Bobby Rosales. “I told him that maybe I’m not ready to coach [in the PBA] yet.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The way he handled the Dyip in a game that was for nothing but respect was remarkable, as Cardel pushed all the right buttons right from the start and in the fourth quarter where they scuttled the Elasto Painters and made the perennial title contenders look like a silly bunch.It was the first win after nine straight losses for the Dyip, who actually scored a season sweep of the Painters by owning wins over Rain or Shine in each of the three conferences of the season. The win also snapped a 25-game losing streak in this conference.“I don’t know why that has happened,” Cardel said of the team’s mastery of the formidable Painters for the season. “Suki lang siguro talaga. Ganun lang siguro.”The loss dropped Rain or Shine to 2-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ANTIPOLO—Holding it together against a league heavyweight for the first time this conference, Meralco kept its playoff bid alive in the PBA Governors’ Cup by clipping Magnolia, 94-88, on Friday with coach Norman Black admitting that his Bolts still have a lot of work to do to get out of the jam they’re in.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Land Rights Bill Receives Support from the Legislature

first_imgIt was interactive, it was informative, and it was quite rewarding. On Friday March 27, 2015, the Land Commission held a retreat for select members of the National Legislature on the draft Land Rights Bill.The retreat took place at the Fairground in Buchanan and brought together members of the House and Senate Standing Committees on Lands, Mines and Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Internal Affairs, Judiciary and Executive.Buchanan City Mayor, Hon. Julia K. Bono Mellish, welcomed the officials to the City of Buchanan and wished them fruitful deliberations.In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy told the Lawmakers that the Land Commission is inundated with diverse land issues despite the accomplishments that have been made regarding land policy and land law reform.He said the issue of land rights and security of tenure is fundamental to how Liberians relate to their communities and how they view themselves as citizens of Liberia as underpinned in the Constitution.Dr. Brandy told the Lawmakers that in spite of the many positive strides the Land Commission continues to make, budgetary support to implement planned programs and projects remains a challenge, to the point where Commissioners and senior staff have not received scratch cards and gasoline since 2012.He pleaded with the Lawmakers to utilize their lobbying skills and encourage their colleagues to pass into law, the Land Rights Bill, which was submitted to the National Legislature by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in December 2014.In separate remarks, the Senators and Representatives pointed out that it was their pleasing duty and oversight responsibility to attend such an interactive forum where they gained valuable insight of the draft Bill and learned lessons about the Commission that will guide them in not only passing the Bill into law, but also making decisions regarding budgetary allotment to the Commission given the high volume of work it has been entrusted to perform.They thanked the Land Commission for the excellent work being done throughout the years of existence but however expressed shock over the financial squeeze being faced by the Land Commission to do its work.They assured the Chairman and Board of Commissioners that they will use whatever means available to them to ensure that the Land Rights Bill is passed into law for the benefit of all Liberians and the nation as a whole.Representative Gabriel Smith said “Land is Life” and therefore appealed to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to seriously consider increasing the budgetary allotment to the Commission.Both Senator J. Gbleh-bo Brown and Representative WessehBlamoh expressed fear over boundary harmonization of counties, districts and clans, which remains a challenge for the Land Commission and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  They emphasized that in order to avoid land conflicts; the issue of boundary harmonization should be addressed.Senators Henry W. Yallah, Commany B. Wesseh and Edward B. Dagoseh said with the exchanges of views on the draft Land Rights Bill, and with particular reference to the customary land tenure, they now have hope that Liberia is on the path to development.Representatives Lester Paye and W. SaywahDunah also expressed similar sentiments on customary land ownership and said that the land governance structure and means of acquiring customary land should be clearly defined.  The retreat produced candid exchanges of views between the LC Board of Commissioners, the legal team of Heritage Partners led by Cllr. Nagbalee Warner and legislators on the substantive portions of the Bill, particularly the customary land rights category, which recognizes the ownership rights of local communities to their land and non-mineral surface rights, including forest and water.The retreat was sponsored by the Land Commission, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the World Bank and facilitated by Heritage Partners and Associates led by its Senior Managing Partner, Cllr. Nagbalee Warner, the lead drafter of the Land Rights Act.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Women Still Hurting from Fragments of a Shattered Glass Ceiling

first_imgThe election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005 as President of Liberia shattered forever what was once considered a glass ceiling. The election of another female, Jewel Howard Taylor in 2017, this time as Vice President is another first. But how have women fared generally over the years, especially during the prolonged civil conflict is a story that still needs to be told.  The 2009 Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC) provides glimpses in this portion entitled “Women: Survivors and Peacemakers”Historically, women were generally excluded from participation in political life, as it was only until 1947, a full century after independence that women were accorded the right to vote. There is no mention anywhere in historical accounts of women participation in the political life of the colony, prior to 1947, except for their participation in the making of the Liberian flag at independence.In gender terms the dichotomy betwee n rural and urban Liberia are even more manifest in present day Liberia. For example, only 31 percent of women in Harper, located in southeastern Liberia and surrounding areas receive birth assistance from trained health professionals; in Monrovia 84 perc ent of such women received birth assistance from trained health professionals.During the armed conflict, women and girls were by are far more vulnerable to sexual assault and predation than men. Women exposure was due mainly to their daring to move about away from their homes to venture out for food and succor for their families. The further away from their homes they went, the higher the risk of vulnerability.Many parents hid their young girls (and boys from conscriptions) from the fighters when they entered the town or village and forbid them, the children, from moving about without caution. More than half of victim’s testimonies to the TRC alluded to women being vulnerable or victimized during the war in places other than their place of residence , having been displaced internally by the war, suggesting, therefore that displaced women were more vulnerable to sexual assault than those who did not flee their homes.The TRC also noticed that women are significantly over-represented among rape victims and all victims of sexual slavery and sexual violence, as might be expected. In particular, the proportion of rapes with female victims aged 15 – 19 represents more than five times the proportion of women aged 15 – 19 in the general population. However, we see relatively more male than female victims for sexual abuse.The definition of sexual abuse included stripping the victim naked and was employed by many perpetrator groups to humiliate the victim. Unfortunately, the data include very few reports of rapes for which the victim’s age is known. Still, it is interesting to note that the majority of reported rapes for which the victim’s age is known were committed against adolescent women, rather than against socially taboo categories such as older women or very young children.The distribution of all violations by age is roughly similar for males and females. Similarly, analysis of violations documented with the TRC with complete age and sex information suggests that all ages were equally at risk and that the ge nerality of perpetrators’ attack was at random, deliberate and systematic in the instigation of violence against the general armless population.From the statistical data, women participation in the TRC process was impressive as over fifty percent of stat ements gathered during the statement – taking exercise are attributed to women. Women account for 28 percent of all violations while on the other hand men account for 47 percent. From these statistics, it is clear that as a class of victims, men comprise the larger proportion, although both men and women appeared to have been targeted in about equal proportions.Forced displacement which accounts for the largest category of violations took a particularly heavy toll on women, many of whom, faced with the los s of their spouses, assumed leadership roles in their families. Given the difficulties and threats to life (increased mortality) that usually accompany forced migration, it can be assumed, in the absence of reliable statistical information, that elderly wo men and very young children especially girls, were at great risk and might have suffered disproportionately as compared to males.Many found themselves in displaced or refugee camps with little or no coping skills to deal with the harsh realities of thei r new environment. Already victimized by their displacement some, especially young girls, in desperation turned to prostitution including the exchange of relief food for sex.As the statistics show, all factions routinely targeted women simply on account of their gender. This is strongly reflected in the level of sexual violence perpetrated against women. For example, women account for 63 percent of all cases of rape reported to the TRC, as compared to only 6 percent for men.It can be concluded thus that women were singled out for abuse simply on account of their gender. For instance, the proportion of rape with female victims aged 15 – 19 represents more than five times the proportion of women 15 – 19 in the general population. Finally, it is important to note that aside from these reported cases of violence directed against women, the data does not account for the marginalization; exclusion and outright denial of opportunities for self actualization women have, for over a century, endured in Liberia.These age old inequalities find expression in current statistics reflecting the status of women. For example, according to the 2007 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey, HIV prevalence is higher among women than men 224 in both urban and rural areas. School enrolment and retention rates are also low for girls as compared to boys, as well as illiteracy rates which are higher as compared to men.High teen pregnancy rates, high abortion rates, high infant and maternal mortality rates are all indicators of the long standing prejudice and inequality that have been the lot of Liberian women for well over a century. Additionally, according to the same survey report, vaccination coverage is much higher in urban than in rural areas (53 versus 33 percent). There is marked vari ation in vaccination coverage by region, ranging from 13 percent fully vaccinated in the Southeastern Region to 55 percent in Monrovia.Such data is but reflective of long standing elitist rule and the policies of over centralization that has served to marginalize and alienate the vast majority of the country’s population. As noted earlier, the effects of such alienation and marginalization can be clearly seen and felt in areas outside the coastal urban enclaves along the country’s littoral, and are particularly acute in the southeast where local resistance to the expansion of the Liberian state was quelled, only as recently as the 1930s.The TRC public hearings held in all fifteen political subdivisions around the country provided not only glimpses into the impact of such marginalization but also perceptions of how government is viewed by rural peoples and how such perceptions are shaped by the conduct of public policy. The public hearings also provided good insight into the pattern of violations and abuses that occurred during the period of the civil conflict, the perpetrators as well as the victims.More importantly, the public hearings, particularly the thematic hearings served as a sounding board for measuring expectations of not only individual victims of abuse but also of communities that are still struggling to come to terms with the effects of the prolonged civil conflict. Women became involved in the peace process and therefore constituted a critical voice for peace.Despite afflictions of the war, reduced earning potential, single parenting, etc., women had public marches, petitions, prayer crusade, and attended and participated in peace conferences as part of their agenda for peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lampard will be remembered as one of England’s best players, says Wilkins

first_imgRay Wilkins pays tribute to Frank Lampard after the former Chelsea star announced his retirement from international football.Lampard won 106 caps for England, scoring 29 goals, and played in five major tournaments in a 15-year career.“The consistent level that he played at, the goals that he scored, he will be remembered as one of the best England players for a long, long time,” Wilkins, who made 84 appearances for the Three Lions, told Hawksbee and Jacobs.last_img


first_imgUPDATED: A second lifeboat has been forced to go to the aid of a stricken fishing vessel off the coast of Co Donegal this evening.The lifeboat was dispatched to waters off FanadThe vessel, the Mary Ellen, with a crew of five on board, lost power off Fanad Head.Its crew made an emergency call to which was picked up by the Malin Head coastguard radio station. Members of the Lough Swilly Lifeboat, who were taking part in an annual commemoration service for the stricken Saldanha off Portsalon, were dispatched to the ailing vessel.However a call had to be made to the Portrush All Weather lifeboat after the tow-rope from the Lough Swilly All Weather lifeboat continued to snap in heavy seas.Both boats are now trying to escort the fishing vessel back to the shelter of Lough Swilly as force 6 gales are forecast for this evening.A spokesman for Malin Head coastguard radio told Donegal Daily that no injuries have been reported. “There are no reports of any injuries at this time. Sea conditions were quite treacherous this afternoon.“The tow-rope continued to snap and the assistance of the Portrush lifeboat was called for. The forecast is for force 6 gales so we are trying to get the fishing boat back to the shelter of Lough Swilly,” said a spokesman.The rescue 118 helicopter has also been dispatched to the scene from Sligo in case the crewmen need to be lifted of the boat. RESCUE OPERATION UNDERWAY AFTER FISHING VESSEL LOSES POWER was last modified: December 3rd, 2012 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:fishing vesselLough Swilly LIfeboatMary EllenPortsalonlast_img read more

Man United hero hails Shaw after contract renewal – ‘A weaker man would have quit’

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has praised Luke Shaw’s resilience after he earned a new contract at Old Trafford.The England left-back had been in the final year of his deal with the club but his recent good form saw him rewarded. whoops gameday cracker Man United’s form has been mixed this season but Shaw has been a consistent performer. 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Luke Shaw celebrates scoring against Leicester City. 3 latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? “In his first season under Van Gaal he was stifled and was barely seen beyond the halfway line. The following season he was freeing up and we were seeing the best of Luke Shaw but then came the injury.“He has had his knockers about his fitness levels and how he looks after himself and taken a bit of stick off Jose along the way as well so a weaker man might have buckled and thought ‘I need to get away’ but he has taken it on the chin, worked hard and got himself a fitness coach during the close season. Most Popular Premier League News Shaw has also returned to England duty this season. center_img Now, though, Shaw is getting back towards his best and Man United have seen fit to give him a new contract.It’s a move Pallister, speaking exclusively to 888sport, is happy to see and he believes his return is something which should be lauded given the troubles he went through.He said: “First and foremost he had an horrific injury and people forget that he was really starting to find his feet at Manchester United when he got that injury. changes SORRY huge blow Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 TOP WORK 3 predicted revealed Shaw has been with the Red Devils for four years having joined in 2014 from Southampton in a £30million deal.It hasn’t been the easiest of times for the international defender who struggled to remain fit before suffering a horrific leg break against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in 2015.Upon returning to fitness 11 months later, he failed to impress new boss Jose Mourinho and found himself battling for his spot with Ashley Young. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? “Now he is reaping the benefits from that. He’s been one of our most consistent players so far this season and that’s been rewarded with a new contract. Long may this continue because he was touted as being one of the best left-backs in the world three years ago. Hopefully now he can show that the people who were saying that were correct.”Read the full 888sport interview with Gary Pallister, including why he believes United’s midfield and attack are weaker than their defence this season.last_img read more

Romanowski: Steroids came from Conte

first_img !MOTORSPORTS: Elliott Sadler, who isn’t eligible for the race for the Nextel Cup title, won the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. with a track record of 193.216 mph. Ryan Newman, second in the standings, qualified second at 193.126. BASKETBALL: Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James remained hospitalized for a second night with pain in his chest from what the team called a strained muscle. James was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic for tests Wednesday night, hours after he was wincing during practice. James said he doesn’t know how he got the injury. General manager Danny Ferry said tests on James have not shown anything abnormal, and his understanding is that James’ heart “is not an issue.” Detroit Pistons forward Darko Milicic was released on a $100 bond after he was arrested in suburban Detroit and charged with driving with a suspended license. Milicic was pulled over on suspicion of having illegally tinted windows, a police spokesman said. A routine check of his driving record showed his license had been suspended for two unpaid traffic tickets in another city. FOOTBALL: Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer received a new seven-year contract that will boost his annual salary from $1.4 million to $2 million and run through 2012. BASEBALL: Former major-leaguer Matt Franco (Westlake High) delivered a key hit as the Chiba Lotte Marines, managed by Bobby Valentine, defeated the Softbank Hawks 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the Pacific League’s best-of-five series that determines who plays for the Japanese League title. SOCCER: At least 19 were injured, including two police officers as tens of thousands of Serbia-Montenegro fans danced and fired gunshots into the air after their country clinched a World Cup berth in a 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I took (human growth hormone) for a brief period and … I definitely didn’t receive what I got out of THG,” Romanowski said, referring to another drug he got from Conte. In November 2003, the NFL notified Romanowski that he tested positive for the steroid THG. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Romanowski, whose 16-year career ended with the Raiders in 2003, writes about his experiences in a soon-to-be-released book, “Romo, My Life on the Edge.” HOCKEY: Former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore’s lawsuit over a vicious hit by Vancouver’s Todd Bertuzzi was dismissed by a Denver judge, who advised him to take the case to Canada. Moore’s claims would be better handled in Canada because that’s where the hit happened and all the defendants are based there, Denver District Judge Shelley Gilman said. Moore is was seeking unspecified damages from the Canucks, team owner Orca Bay Hockey Limited Partnership, Bertuzzi, coach Marc Crawford, former general manager Brian Burke and former Canucks player Brad May. Former All-Star defenseman Nick Boynton ended a monthlong holdout and signed a one-year deal with the Boston Bruins. center_img Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski admits to using steroids and human growth hormone supplied by Victor Conte during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that will air Sunday. Romanowski said he took illegal steroids for a two-year period starting in 2001 and got them from Conte, the former head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, which has been at the center of a steroids controversy in several sports. last_img read more

Darwinists Rattle Sabers Against I.D.

first_imgHas there ever been a controversy among scientists more acrimonious than the current one over intelligent design?  It seems all the big science Goliaths are determined to eradicate intelligent design from the earth, yet the I.D. Davids are standing their ground.  “History is written by the victors,” wrote Henry Gee in Nature this week (see 02/23/2006 story); though stated in an unrelated context, his proverb fits here as well: “This is as true for our account of evolution as it is for purely human affairs.”  Here are some examples of the bellicose rhetoric emanating from scientific institutions:Support our troops:  Nigel Williams in Current Biology this week1 said, “Evolutionary biologists in the US got a little early seasonal cheer in December with a detailed and comprehensive attack on the increasingly widespread notion of intelligent design.”  Though he repeated the caution that it is far from over, he called Judge Jones’ decision “a coruscating attack on the intelligent design case.”  Calling Darwin’s ideas of evolution “rock solid,” Williams was surprised that so many British disbelieved his views, as shown by a recent poll (01/26/2006).  Williams repeated common criticisms about ID, that it is religiously motivated, a right-wing American phenomenon, and if successful, would bring science to a halt.Political science:  Nature2 praised Al Gore’s new global-warming documentary, and took note of Randy Olson’s advice in Flock of Dodos that the evolutionists need to beef up their public relations (see 02/17/2006).Medical emergency:  Donald Kennedy in Science,3 accompanied by some evolutionary friends, called doctors to the fray.  “Medicine needs evolution,” he said.  Stressing the positive, they said, “training in evolutionary thinking can help both biomedical researchers and clinicians ask useful questions that they might not otherwise pose.”  On the negative, evolutionary training can help biomedical researchers “understand that both the human body and its pathogens are not perfectly designed machines but evolving biological systems shaped by selection under the constraints of tradeoffs that produce specific compromises and vulnerabilities.”  Examples: lower back pain in humans, wisdom teeth, narrowness of the birth canal, etc.  “There is growing recognition that cough, fever, and diarrhea are useful responses shaped by natural selection,” he claimed.Das Boot:  Constance Holden reported with an air of triumph in Science4 that Ohio “booted out” ID.  She quoted evolution supporters who called the decision to remove a “creationist-inspired” sentence allowing for criticism of evolution a “stunning victory.”  The article included a political cartoon of a Trojan Horse in the shape of a Panda, referencing the suggested alternative textbook, Of Pandas and People.  She discounted the surveys that show strong public support for ID, quoting a professor who touted, “anyone can play the survey game” because another poll found 84% of respondents had never heard of ID (although the poll noted by the Discovery Institute was not about ID, but about whether criticisms of evolutionary theory should be allowed; see 02/15/2006).  In an editorial in the Cincinnati Inquirer, Roddy Bullock regretted that Ohio had “turned back the clock” on intelligent design, thus granting Darwinism state protection as a dogma to be believed, not merely learned.All the Bias That’s Fit to Print:  Evolution News has had several entries this week criticizing the New York Times for continuing to misrepresent ID even when they have been repeatedly corrected by the Discovery Institute.Sunday School for Anti-ID Warriors:  Science Daily reported on the recent AAAS Sunday conference for educators on how to deal with creationism and intelligent design (see 02/20/2006).  “Evolution on the Front Line” also produced a strong statement on the teaching of evolution and opposition to intelligent design (see AAAS website, PDF) taking its cue from Judge John Jones’ ruling that ID is religion, not science.  It stressed that there is “no significant controversy within the scientific community about the validity of the theory of evolution.”  The soldiers are all in uniform and lined up in straight ranks.    The AAAS also posted a press release about the event, showing Animal Planet star Jeff Corwin at the podium and giving prominent place to Vatican astronomer George Coyne who called creationists “a plague in our midst.”  The release has a link to audio and powerpoint files from the meetings.Not Backing Down:  The Discovery Institute, despite all this criticism, announced that its list of scientists encouraging criticisms of Darwinism has swelled to over 500 (see also World Net Daily story).  Discovery Institute has opened a new website to post the names: www.dissentfromdarwin.org.  Given the climate, each signatory has taken somewhat of a career risk to become associated with the statement, “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life.  Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” 1Nigel Williams, “Growing challenge of Darwin’s detractors,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 4, 21 February 2006, Pages R107-R108, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.02.015.2News, “Grizzlies, dodos and Gore put science on film,” Nature 439, 902 (23 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439902a.3Randolph M. Nesse, Stephen C. Stearns and Donald Kennedy, “Editorial: Medicine Needs Evolution,” Science, 24 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5764, p. 1071, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125956.4Constance Holden, “Ohio School Board Boots Out ID,” Science, 24 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5764, p. 1083, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5764.1083.What if they held a war, and nobody came?  The elitist science institutions are increasingly out of touch with reality, let alone American culture.  A huge undercurrent of American sentiment finds Darwinism unconvincing and wants it to be open to critical examination.  They also find arguments for ID compelling.  Nevertheless, mirroring the coastal blue states that surround a vast red-state middle America, you will notice that the same journals that trash ID praise political liberals (Al Gore), and never have anything good to say about political conservatives (George W. Bush).  They love religious liberals who capitulate 100% to Darwinism (see 02/11/2006) but hate religious conservatives who think the Bible might actually have something worthwhile to say.  These scientific elitists tend to congregate in government-funded institutions rather than for-profit businesses.  They occupy the campuses where Democrats outnumber Republicans 20 to 1, where Political Correctness rules allow Marxist radicals to gain tenure and a platform to trash America with reckless abandon while conservatives (or even moderates) must guard their every word, like Larry Summers who was finally ousted from the presidency of Harvard this week (see Ben Shapiro epitaph).    As shown many times here, this is not a battle of science vs. faith.  We all have the same scientific evidence.  It is understandable that religious conservatives would be attracted to intelligent design, because they already believe in a Designer.  But the pro-Darwinians project themselves as unbiased, religiously-neutral, scholarly lovers of truth who were led to their position merely by the preponderance of evidence (but compare the next two entries).  Why, then, are they almost uniformly political liberals and far leftists? (see Michael Fumento column).    The same battle went on in the 19th century in Britain.  At about the time a consensus on “science” was firming up, and the word “scientist” became a new title taken up by what had been “natural philosophers,” similar political forces opposed one another.  The battle lines became drawn between younger, anti-establishment types in the British Association and the older, more conservative natural theologians in the universities.  The BAAS tended toward mechanical philosophy that viewed the universe as a machine governed by laws, as opposed to the romantic science championed by Schelling and Goethe that viewed nature as an organism of which humans were intertwined.  Ironically, the mechanists viewed man as an evolved animal, but tended to discuss science as if objective, outside observers.    The human dynamics of the 19th century battles are instructive.  At about the same time, science became a career, and large institutions took shape.  In many respects, the ones who gained control of the institutions and journals were the liberal, radical followers of the likes of Darwin, Tyndall and Huxley.  It was not that their science was better than that of Maxwell, Faraday, Sedgwick, Agassiz, Pasteur and other “people of faith” (whatever that vapid phrase means).  Darwin’s “people of froth” managed to steer a movement that had the presumptive authority of “science” toward the acquisition of power for those who were predominantly liberal and anti-establishment.    This complex history should not be oversimplified, but it underscores the fact that science is inescapably a human enterprise.  It is not purely an objective process of gathering facts toward unbiased conclusions.  Philosophy and politics are inextricably involved, and the more removed from the observable and testable, the more the worldview of the practitioner matters.  Nothing in science could be more worldview-laden than the origin and meaning of life.  Should the mechanists and materialists have the final word on such important subjects?  What if one party were to gain control of the centers of power and manage to ostracize the competition?  Is that not what has happened?  “History is written by the victors,” Henry Gee reminded us.  It is the duty of all fair-minded and knowledgeable observers to ensure that the Darwin Party, which usurped power in the late 19th and 20th centuries, does not succeed in their ongoing efforts to write their critics out of the history books and shut off all accountability for their disreputable shenanigans.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more