Indiana Pacers hit all right notes in 121-94 blowout over Utah Jazz

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates against the Utah Jazz at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 19, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis nearly had a triple-double and the Indiana Pacers beat the Utah Jazz 121-94 on Monday night.Sabonis had 19 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as Indiana won its third straight — this one without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who sat out with a sore right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kemba Walker stays hot, scores 43 as Charlotte Hornets upend Boston Celtics Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ricky Rubio matched his season high with 28 points to lead Utah, which has lost three of four and looked weary on the final night of a five-game trip. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 11 rebounds in a game that wasn’t close after the first quarter.Utah coach Quin Snyder pulled his starters midway through the fourth.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 ChrissIndiana used an 11-2 spurt to take a 19-12 lead and scored the first seven points of the second quarter to make it 39-19.When Rubio warmed up, the Jazz came back. The Spaniard scored 14 straight points for his team during one stretch, and Joe Ingles’ 3-pointer that cut the deficit to 47-41. Pacers: Have won four of five and improved to 3-4 against Western Conference teams. … Tyreke Evans made his first start with Indiana and had eight points and five assists in place of Oladipo. … Bogdanovic went 3 of 4 on 3s. … Rookie Aaron Holiday scored 19 points while Thaddeus Young and Doug McDermott each had 12.UP NEXTJazz: Plays its only home game in a 13-day stretch when Sacramento comes to town Wednesday.Pacers: Will try to extend their winning streak Wednesday in Charlotte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Indiana answered with four straight points, closed the half with a 57-47 lead and started the second half on a 9-0 run to make it 71-53.Rubio responded again by scoring 10 of Utah’s 12 points during a four-minute stretch in the third quarter. That made it a 12-point game, but Utah never got closer.Myles Turner had 12 points, six rebounds, and three blocks for the Pacers.TIP-INSJazz: Went 2-3 on the trip. … Gobert has 15 double-doubles this season and went 5 of 8 from the field after starting the night with the top field-goal percentage (70.2) in the NBA. … Rubio was 10 of 13 from the field and 5 of 6 on 3-pointers. … Jae Crowder scored 14 points and was the only other Utah player in double figures. … Ingles played in his 239th consecutive games, the second-longest active streak. … The Jazz finished with 18 turnovers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pen-Pen Peace Network for Violence-Free Elections Launched

first_img“Our focus is peace for Liberia,” Madam Thompson (L) told the gathering comprising executives of PurdueA former deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms. Una Kumba Thompson, has called on Liberians to maintain a peaceful and non-violent approach during and after the ensuing elections.Madam Thompson said as the country prepares to go to the polls on October 10, the need to sustain the peace by shunning a violent approach to electoral issues cannot be overlooked.The former deputy Foreign Affairs Minister  is the chief executive officer of the Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) and president of the Swanee Women’s Coalition, an organization which supports women’s advocacy for their rights, empowerment and peace in Liberia.Launching the ‘Pen –Pen Peace Network non-violent campaign in Monrovia on the theme, “I Love my Country; This is Why I Say No to Election Violence.,”  Thompson challenged politicians not to preach hate messages during and after the electoral processes, but rather seek peace to carry out the country’s development agenda.She also called on the commercial motorcyclists otherwise known as the pen-pen riders to fully support the electoral process if they are to make an informed decision at the polls, “because peace is security, development and human rights abuse.The campaign was organized by the Purdue Peace Network-Liberia. The head of the organization, Grace Yeah Yeanay said the month-long campaign will cover Nimba, Margibi, Montserrado and Bong counties, targeting 64 communities in Montserrado alone.Prior to the weekend launch, the Purdue supported Pen-Pen Peace Network (PPPN) has held a series of activities highlighting the importance of peaceful elections.The Purdue Peace Project (PPP), according to Yeanay, convenes regularly to help the citizens address immediate threats of violence to the pending elections in their community.The reason, Ms. Yeanay said, is to continually monitor and evaluate the projects in order to maximize its impact so that everyone will live in peace and harmony especially during election year.The PPP is a university-based political violence prevention initiative that does peace-building work in fragile states and conducts research to advance knowledge about political violence prevention at the local and community level.In 2013, a group of motorbike riders or the Pen-Pen riders formed a local peace committee, called the PPPN, to promote peace in the country. Since September 2015, the PPPN, in support of the Purdue Peace Project, has been planning and implementing a campaign aimed at promoting peace before and during the upcoming October polls, and fostering good relationships between Pen-Pen riders and officers of the Liberia National Police.Since then, numerous activities, such as soccer tournaments, town hall meetings, radio talk shows, distribution of flyers, and round table discussions have taken place characterizing the campaign’s launch.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I will not “give up State property” – Granger

first_imgRed House fiasco…wants all presidents to be recognisedAs the tug-of-war continues between the coalition Government and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the High Street, Kingston Red House (Kamana Court) property, which houses the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Incorporated (CJRCI), President David Granger is adamant that he will not be giving up State lands.Instead, the Head of State noted that he wanted to see the State-owned property used for public good, pointing out that there have been attempts by his Administration to have engagements in this regard, to no avail.“People are becoming vile talking about contamination, so I’m not going to give up State property. I’m going to participate in ensuring that the children of this country will recognise for all time all the presidents starting from Arthur Chung right down to David Granger,” the President said while addressing members of the local media fraternity at a brunch on Sunday.President David GrangerHe was at the time referring to a statement issued by the PPP back in November 2015, when Government initially indicated intentions to transform the Red House into a facility in memory of all past Guyanese Presidents after it found that the prime land (Lots 65, 66, and 67) on which Red House sits was leased to the CJRCI for 99 years for only $12,000 per year.The coalition Government had strongly objected to this and had consequently announced its intention to review the lease agreement.The PPP, in a subsequent statement, which President Granger quoted on Sunday, said, “To associate Red House with Burnham, Hoyte and perhaps later Granger would be a historical misnomer and contrary to the progressive anti-colonial and anti-imperialist ideas, thoughts and memories associated with Cheddi Jagan… It would be anathema to disperse, integrate and to contaminate all that Jagan stood for and fought for with the reactionary pro-imperialist, repressive and oppressive praxis of the Burnham/Hoyte regime.”The Head of State further outlined that the PPP statement went on to say that  it was not going to have past presidents from other parties under the same roof as Dr Jagan.“Such an act can be characterised as the epiphany of surrealism and consequently, abhorrent and distasteful to the hundreds of thousands of members and supporters of the PPP in particular, and all decent-minded Guyanese in general,” the Head of State quoted from the PPP statement.OffenceAccording to President Granger, he was offended by these comments, reflecting that the first thing he did in May 2015 when he took office was to put up portraits of all nine Presidents in the Cabinet room. He noted that he wanted to remind not only the staff at the Ministry of the Presidency, but thousands of children who visit his office of all nine Presidents and not just one; but then there were people talking about contaminating the memory of former President Cheddi Jagan.“It is not a question of law; it is now a question of right. This is the mentality which is driving the battle for Kamana Court. Somebody is accusing persons who do not belong to one party, of contamination – I find that offensive,” posited the President.Two weeks ago, President Granger revoked the lease of the Red House, based on advice from his Attorney General, Basil Williams, that the agreement was invalid. Williams had argued in a detailed statement the day before that the lease held by the CJRCI was invalid on several grounds, including that there was no evidence that the President of the day had sanctioned it.However, quick action by the PPP-backed Management Committee of CJRCI saw legal action taken to reverse the President’s decision, with the court ordering that the property of the CJRCI “not be interfered with or removed until further ordered”.In the meantime, workers from the Ministry of the Presidency had hammered down the hallmark sign of the Red House, resulting in a standoff outside the High Street premises. PPP members had rushed to the scene to defend the legacy of the Party’s founding member.The workmen attempted to transport the wooden sign bearing the words “Cheddi Jagan Research Centre”, but fierce opposition from the PPP members and stewards of the Red House prevented them from doing so. The men eventually drove off in a canter and the PPP members worked together with others on the scene to re-hoist the sign on the building.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was on site during the standoff with the Government officers, noted that the attacks against Dr Jagan and his legacy were the height of indecency and callousness  by the Government.“This is heinous, reprehensible act on the part of this government. They have so many things to deal with in this country than to come and do what they did here today (last Friday) to forcibly eject the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from this building,” Jagdeo posited.last_img read more

Los Angeles loses Olympic bid, Chicago to vie for 2016 Summer Games

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Los Angeles lost its bid to host a third Olympics, with the U.S. Olympic Committee announcing today that Chicago will be the nation’s nominee for the 2016 Summer Games. Following a last round of private meetings this morning with representatives of both cities, the 11-member committee picked Chicago to compete against Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Madrid and other international cities bidding for the games. “I am very proud to announce the U.S. applicant city for the 2016 olympic and Paralympic Games is Chicago,” Peter Ueberroth, chairman of the committee, announced at a packed press conference. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a dozen other officials from around Southern California had mounted a vigorous 21-month campaign, including an 11th-hour promise for additional private funding if the panel picked Los Angeles. Andy Knox, another committee vice president, said the panel had been cautiously optmistic about Los Angeles’ bid. “It was a tale of two different bids. Chicago’s more centraliized,” he said. “I can genuinely tell you that we couldn’t have done anything better. … This is like the Olympic Games themselves: In the end, the best athlete wins. There’s only one winner and that’s the U.S.” Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge admitted some disappointment. “It does hurt, but we hope Chicago gets the bid. … It’s like losing a primary election but more than that. Everyone worked real hard. It was Chicago’s time.” In competing for the U.S. nomination, Chicago vowed to spend more than $1.5 billion to build a new stadium, aquatic center and athlete’s village on Lake Michigan, against the backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline. It also positioned itself as a global center with worldwide pro-Chicago “ambassadors” eager to convince members of the IOC of the Windy City’s right to host in 2016. Chicago officials will now embark on a hectic global campaign to win over at least 60 of the 115 members of the International Olympic Committee. A delegation plans to head to Beijing later for a conference, and soon afterward to Guatemala City for IOC sessions. “There is a constant calendar of international sporting events,” said Barry Sanders, chair of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. “You need to persuade 115 people from around the world, and do it within the rules that limit contact with them,” he said. The IOC will make its decision by secret ballot in 2009. If Chicago is ultimately chosen to host the 2016 games, it will be its first time sponsoring the global sporting competition. Los Angeles had hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, with the Memorial Coliseum serving as the site of the opening and closing ceremonies. Leonard Braun of Downey was at The Grove today and said he was a volunteer at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. “I was hoping for LA, but it doesn’t matter a whole lot. I feel Rio will be the winner. …. The IOC has a strong push for South America.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Plans called for competitions to be held at more than 30 venues including the Memorial Coliseum, the Home Depot Center and Staples Center. Supporters and members of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games gathered at The Grove today to listen to a live audio feed of the announcement in Washington, D.C. As Chicago was announced the winner, the crowd fell silent with a sense of resignation and disappointment. Many said they had expected Chicago would get the nod, saying Los Angeles’ twice-previous hosting duties may have worked against the city. “We did everything we possibly could,” said John Naber, a 1976 Olympic medalist in swimming and a vice president of the committee. “I support Chicago. We want them to do well.”last_img read more

With these shopping tips, expect many happier returns

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Gifted givers include a gift receipt. If one did not come along with your undesirable present, save the original packaging. It will help convince the retailer that the item was purchased at its store. Avoid the longest line. Ask a salesman if he can help you make a return. At the very least, he will let you know in which line you need to wait and whether you can buy new items and make a return in one transaction. Seems basic, but there is nothing redeeming about waiting in the wrong line. Be nice. If you are stressed from having to return three unwanted gifts, think how the cashier feels. She has to deal all day with grumpy customers who didn’t get what they wanted. Being polite wins you brownie points and may sway the cashier to help you out in a pinch. Be early – or very late. Avoid crowds and long lines by making returns at odd hours. Consider stopping by the mall on your way to work or running the errand after dinner. Be prepared. If the item has been discounted, you might not be able to get full price without a receipt. But you will increase your odds of cashing in if you can show a sales associate a printout of the full price the item sold for online. Don’t forget to ask if you will get the item’s full value. The holiday buzz is wearing off, and, looking around, there are a few things in your stash you would rather be without. OK, maybe a lot of things you are eager to part with. Some you might be able to regift, a practice now widely accepted as long as you cover your tracks. Others have “return me” written all over them. You might want to wait a few days to make your returns because crowds are expected to hit post-holiday sales today and use the gift cards burning holes in their pockets. Follow these tips, courtesy of “The Giftionary” author Robyn Spizman, and you will maximize your chances of turning Christmas chaff into greenbacks. Consider carefully. When the post-holiday blues hit, it’s easy to get overzealous about returns. Nothing seems worth keeping. But before you bring back everything you received, weigh how guilty or sad you will feel if a friend or relative asks about the gift. You may be able to bluff your way out of it, or you may hurt someone’s feelings. “Sometimes it just pays to keep the mother-in-law’s gift,” Spizman said.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

DOWNTOWN ABBEY THEMED CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR VINTAGE!

first_imgThe team at Voodoo Venue are getting in the festive season mood and announcing the launch of its 2015 Christmas Party Package, and included is a “Christmas at Downtown Abbey themed Night in Vintage”, on Friday November 20th and Friday November 27th.Everyone is looking for a great night out that’s a little different and special, so why not join us for an unforgettable night of great music and dance. There will be a full band on each night along with a full bar and period Cocktail Special and some seasonal surprizes. Tickets will be priced €15/€20, this are fundraising events and proceedings will go to St Vincent Del Paul Christmas Food Appeal.Tickets will be limited so pre-booking is essential, you can book by contacting Voodoo Office on: +353 7491 09815 or Email: emermcglynn@hotmail.com“Voodoo Venue have all the finer details Wrapped up in Style”!  DOWNTOWN ABBEY THEMED CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR VINTAGE! was last modified: September 25th, 2015 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:CHristmasDowntown AbbeyVintageVOODOOlast_img read more

Guest speaker revealed for Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for Schools

first_imgSeamus McDaid of Football Special fame is the guest speaker at this year’s Donegal ETB Enterprise Day for Schools and Youthreach Centres, it has been confirmed. Now in its sixth year, the annual event for post-primary school students and Youthreach learners from across the county takes place on Wednesday 16th October in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The aim of the event is to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship in a fun way to young people with the support of entrepreneurs and business people from across Donegal. Last year over 200 young people from seventeen schools and Youthreach centres from across the county participated.Seamus has only recently returned from the United States where he was the founder of McDaid’s Beverages USA and spent eight years there as the company’s US Business Development Manager.Having worked before this in Australia, he has now returned to Ireland to run the family business, working as the company’s Business Development Manager from their headquarters in Ramelton. He has lots of entrepreneurial experience and tips to share with the couple of hundred young people who will participate in the day.The day involves each team developing a product, from materials provided to them, on which they are judged in a Dragon’s Den-type setup.This includes pitching their product to panels of business judges. Teams are given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Seamus will speak to them about entrepreneurship success and failure.The day also includes fun activities, ice breakers and team-building games with staff from Donegal ETB’s Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.Donegal ETB’s Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley commented: “We are delighted that Seamus has agreed to speak at our Enterprise Day this year.“This is one of Donegal ETB’s keynote events for students and learners across the county to encourage the key skill of entrepreneurship in a creative and fun way. “We really appreciate Seamus and a host of other entrepreneurs and business people giving up their time on the day to support the young people.”Last year’s winners of the Enterprise Day was St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs, while other previous winners have included Finn Valley College, Carndonagh Community School and Deele College.Dr Isobel Cunningham, lecturer in LYIT’s Department of Business and one of the organising group members said, “LYIT is delighted to be involved with Donegal ETB in supporting this exciting event for Donegal’s young people again this year.”Guest speaker revealed for Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for Schools was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Bible Was Right: Edom Thrived in Solomon’s Time

first_imgHigh-precision radiocarbon dates have confirmed that Biblical Edom was active with industrial-scale metal production in the 10th and 9th centuries.  Archaeologists publishing in PNAS said,1 “The methodologies applied to the historical IA archaeology of the Levant have implications for other parts of the world where sacred and historical texts interface with the material record.”  In other words, sacred and historical texts should sometimes be taken seriously – not dismissed out of hand.    The authors viewed their results as a challenge to recent “minimalist” re-interpretations of the Bible that try to relegate the stories of David and Solomon to myths and legends by saying that Israel was too tiny to support the wealth and power described in the Bible.  They also challenge the ridicule that has been heaped on those who took the Bible as a reliable guide for archaeologists.  Here’s how they started their paper:In 1940, the American archaeologist Nelson Glueck summarized his extensive 1930s archaeological surveys in Transjordan in his book The Other Side of the Jordan, asserting that he had discovered King Solomon’s mines in the Faynan district (the northern part of biblical Edom), ~50 km south of the Dead Sea in what is now southern Jordan.  The period between the First and Second World Wars has been called the “Golden Age” of biblical archaeology when this subfield was characterized by an almost literal interpretation of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible, HB) as historical fact.  Archaeologists such as Glueck metaphorically carried the trowel in 1 hand and the Bible in the other, searching the archaeological landscape of the southern Levant for confirmation of the biblical narrative from the Patriarchs to the United Monarchy under David and Solomon to other personages, places, and events mentioned in the sacred text.  Beginning in the 1980s, this paradigm came under severe attack, primarily by so-called biblical minimalist scholars who argued that as the HB was edited in its final form during the 5th century (c.)BC, any reference in the text to events earlier than ca.  500 BC were false.  Accordingly, the events ascribed to the early Israelite and Judean kings from the 10th-9th c. BCE were viewed as concocted by elite 5th c. BCE editors of the HB who resided in postexilic times in Babylon and later in Jerusalem.  Some of the casualities [sic] of the scholarly debate between the traditional biblical scholarship and biblical minimalists has been the historicity of David and Solomon—the latter of which is traditionally cross-dated by biblical text (1 Kings 11:40; 14:25; and 2 Chronicles 12:2�9) and the military topographic list of the Egyptian Pharaoh Sheshonq I (Shishak in the HB) found at the Temple of Amun in Thebes and dated to the early 10th c. BCE (5).    ….The 14C dates associated with smelting debris layers from Faynan reported here demonstrate intensive 10th�9th c. BCE industrial metallurgical activities conducted by complex societies.    The analytical approach advocated here argues for an historical biblical archaeology rooted in the application of science-based methods that enables subcentury dating and the control of the spatial context of data through digital recording tools.The researchers carefully dated carbon-bearing materials from the site discovered in 2005 (see 02/18/2005) as a candidate for the massive copper-mining operation of Edom described in the Bible.  The paper describes in detail the methods they used: carbon dating charcoal pieces from the site with high precision equipment.  Some of the dates stretch well before 1000 BCE – before David’s kingdom.  The paper contains pictures and sketches of the complex smelting operation with its copper slag mounts found at the likely site of Biblical Edom across the Arabah from southern Israel.    The researchers concluded that the revisionist, minimalist dates of 7th century BCE are no longer tenable.  What are the implications?  “These new data indicate the need to revisit the relationship between the early IA history of the southern Levant [eastern Mediterranean]” among other things.  Perhaps other minimalist dates will be falsified under the new scientific techniques used by this team – thus lending credibility once again to the practice of digging with a Bible in one hand, a trowel in the other, and a radiocarbon dating machine back in the lab.  In their words, “the question of whether King Solomon’s copper mines have been discovered in Faynan returns to scholarly discourse.”    The day after our entry on the Levy et al paper appeared, Science Daily posted its report and other news sites followed.  National Geographic News reported that some of the funding for the project came from the National Geographic Society.  Todd Bolen’s Bible Places Blog contains pictures of the site and links for more information.Update 10/29/2008: Bible Places Blog posted another report from an archaeological dig relating to the time of David and Solomon: Biblical Gath, home of Goliath.  The team excavating Tell es-Safi used joint on-site analytical methods “unparalled at ANY excavation in Israel, and in fact, in the world,” Todd Bolen, a professor in Israel for 11 years, said.  After reviewing the team’s report, he added, “For many reasons, this excavation looks like it will be extremely beneficial for archaeological and biblical studies.”1.  Levy et al, “High-precision radiocarbon dating and historical biblical archaeology in southern Jordan,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print October 27, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0804950105.Bible scholars will surely find this paper interesting.  There’s something satisfying about debunking the debunkers.  Congratulations to National Geographic News, usually a Darwinist propaganda bullhorn, for giving a fair report on the story without disparaging the Bible in the process.  Time to minimize minimalism in Biblical archaeology.  Minimalists?  Don’t need ’em in Edom.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SETI: A Fact-Free Occult Cult with Money

first_img(Visited 426 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The science behind SETI is just window dressing. Believers obsess on space aliens with religious zeal, not evidence.Aliens could be purple, new study says (Fox News Science from Live Science). Sure, they could be purple. They could be pink. Perhaps they are yellow, or lime green. When you have no facts, you can say space aliens “could be” any color or shape. Why, even the Earth “could” have been purple before there were observers to prove it. The absence of facts doesn’t shame writer Stephanie Pappas, who gets rewarded with prime internet real estate on a science news site to engage in fact-free speculation. Why? Because it comports with Darwinism.Credit: Illustra MediaBreakthrough Listen To Incorporate The Meerkat Array in Search for Technosignatures (Astrobiology Magazine). This is another pet project of Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, who breathed new life into SETI by pumping some of his millions into the search. The MeerKAT array of radio telescopes in South Africa will search a thousand more objects than previous attempts. Its method will be to look for “technosignatures” of stars. Are they allowed to use intelligent design principles to infer intelligent design? Don’t you dare say that phrase! See also Mike Wall’s Space.com article on this. And wherever you hear the word “alien” around, you can be sure Astrobiology Magazine reporters will come running.Could ‘Oumuamua be an extraterrestrial solar sail? (Astronomy Today via Phys.org). Matt Williams looks at a burned-out comet that whizzed past Earth last year and imagines alien technology. Maybe the cigar-shaped rock was a spacecraft that used light energy for sailing the cosmos. Williams got help from “astronomers” thinking about this. But were they doing scientific astronomy when they turned off fact-gathering, and turned on their imaginations?Interestingly enough, there has also been some speculation that based on its shape, ‘Oumuamua might actually be an interstellar spacecraft (Breakthrough Listen even monitored it for signs of radio signals!). A new study by a pair of astronomers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has taken it a step further, suggesting that ‘Oumuamua may actually be a light sail of extra-terrestrial origin.Sure, it “could” or “might” or “may” be anything if you are willing to red-line your perhapsimaybecouldness index. As the saying goes, if pigs had wings, they could fly.Universe’s mysterious dark force could lead to life (Fox News Science). Our headline calls SETI “a cult with money.” That’s a play on words; it also sounds like “Occult with Money.” This article begins with a play on words, too:Nothing is important. We’re almost sure it’s there. But we don’t know what it is. But this nothing could control the fate of the universe. And there may even be entire solar systems made of it.Physicists have been grappling with dark matter — and dark energy — for decades.It’s where many of our laws of physics disappear in a puff of smoke.But nothing “could lead to life.” Yes, and there goes science in a puff of smoke, too.Bayesian approach to SETI PNAS). Let’s get serious. People at the National Academy of Sciences are serious, aren’t they? With a little Bayesian inference (a popular scientific reasoning method), they can speculate without any evidence at all.Ongoing and future initiatives in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) will explore the Galaxy on an unprecedented scale to find evidence of communicating civilizations beyond Earth. Here, we construct a Bayesian formulation of SETI to infer the posterior probability of the mean number of radio signals crossing Earth, given a positive or a null outcome of all-sky searches for nonnatural radio emissions. We show that not detecting signals within ∼40 kly from Earth is compatible with the absence in the entire Galaxy of detectable emitters of a wide range of radiated power. The discovery of even a single emission within ∼1 kly implies instead that over 100 signals typically cross our planet from the Milky Way.Now, there’s only one little problem to mop up: finding that “single emission.” Interesting phrase they use: “nonnatural radio emissions” — aren’t most SETI believers naturalists? Don’t philosophical naturalists believe that nature is all there is?Science Daily‘s entry on this paper doesn’t answer that question. The French cultists make the argument that if we don’t find them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Logically, that’s true. But try that argument on SGI, the search for ghost intelligence.Astronomer Jill Tarter discusses the search for intelligent life (Phys.org). Jill Tarter, one of the queens of SETI, was given royal treatment in a Harvard interview. The interviewer could have asked some hard questions, but one never treats royalty that way.For me, after millennia of asking priests and philosophers what we should believe, I just thought it was very exciting that right then in the middle of the 20th century we were beginning to have some tools—telescopes and computers—that allowed scientists and engineers to try to figure out what is, and not have to take somebody’s belief system. I thought that was really important and I got hooked.Without realizing, she was being treated as a priestess herself. She created a belief system with no evidence. The interviewer was now asking her what we should believe. Tarter had inspired a movie, but has produced not a single point of data to confirm her childhood imagination: “It just always seemed to me that probably walking along the beach on some other world there was some other creature with their father, looking and seeing our sun as a star in their sky.”To Jjill Tarter, pretending to be a scientist but having no data doesn’t matter. “Even not finding it but trying to find it is important because it helps to give people a more cosmic perspective.” That’s a faith quest. It also ignores many theists who have a ‘cosmic perspective’ without ascribing to her cult based on her feelings about what “just always seemed to me.”Imagine a world without facts (Science Magazine). Who lacks facts? Jeremy Berg undoubtedly had his usual bogeymen in mind, the ones who dare criticize the scientific consensus, or totalitarian science, as John West calls it (Evolution News). It’s hard to disagree with his generalities:To avoid sliding further into a world without facts, we must articulate and defend the processes of evidence generation, evaluation, and integration. This includes not only clear statements of conclusions, but also clear understanding of the underlying evidence with recognition that some propositions have been well established, whereas others are associated with substantial remaining uncertainty. We should acknowledge and accept responsibility for, but not exaggerate, challenges within the scientific enterprise. At the same time, we should continue to call out statements put forward that are factually incorrect with reference to the most pertinent evidence. Without taking these steps forcefully, we risk living in a world where many things do not work as well as we need them to.Berg need look no further than his materialist friends in the SETI cult to imagine a world without facts. And they get away with it. Big Science loves those fact-free imagineers.Most reasonable people love facts. Acts & Facts Magazine at ICR loves facts. ICR has a film series called That’s a Fact. Where are the facts in SETI? The facts about pulsars, neutron star mergers and radio frequencies are interesting, but they do not bear on the question at hand: do space aliens exist? For that, there are no facts at all. Why do the SETI cultists get a pass? The same people who will scream at theists, demanding “evidence” for God, will let the occult cult of SETI get by with no facts – not even a single fact by which one could infer their presence indirectly, like a “technosignature” or an artifact incapable of natural formation.“We are looking for signals at some frequency, some wavelength that don’t look like what Mother Nature produces,” Jill Tarter said in 2014.The SETI cultists are incapable of seeing their hypocrisy. They use the exact same reasoning to intelligent causes employed by the Intelligent Design movement, but they don’t get the message, even when it is explained to them. They insist on calling ID religion, but what they do “science.” Case in point: at JPL, when my boss accused me of “pushing religion” with intelligent design DVDs I would occasionally share with co-workers, he shouted at me “Intelligent design is religion!” In response, I asked him point-blank about SETI. I asked him, “What about SETI? Aren’t they using intelligent design to infer intelligent causes from radio signals?” I couldn’t even finish the sentence before he interrupted me. He said, “That’s different. The scientific community has determined that SETI is science.”Go figure.This shows that my boss, who grew up believing the Bible but junked it in college, did not really leave religion behind. He just exchanged one religion founded on historical, verifiable facts for another religion with no facts: an occult religion—a cult religion. Its god is Darwin; its angels are space aliens, and its altar is a radio dish. This cult, moreover, turns its devotees into totalitarian bigots. Don’t believe it? SETI fakery gets a complete pass in the media, but intelligent design material is vigorously censored. And look how vehement my boss got when I tried to use logic and reason with him. Darwin bigots cannot tolerate anyone disagreeing with their religion. They will fight anyone who tries to share material pointing out their lack of facts. In my case, it cost me a lucrative career.Note: if the intellectual world falls for a cult, it is still a cult. If intelligent people fall for a cult, it is still a cult. And if the cult must rely on dark forces no one can detect, it is still occult.last_img read more

South African conservationist wins WWF award

first_img5 August 2015Andrew Zaloumis, the long-serving chief executive of iSimangaliso Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, has been awarded World Wildlife Fund South Africa’s 2015 Living Planet Award.In making the award, the conservation group noted Zaloumis’s inspirational conservation work and the economic turnaround of the nature reserve, once an apartheid operational zone with one of the lowest human development indices in the country.The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s third-largest protected area, covering 280km of coastline, from the Mozambique border to St Lucia. The park is a Unesco World Heritage Site, recognised for its rich biodiversity and the unique variety of irreplaceable ecosystems contained within its relatively small area.The park’s sites include coral reefs, dune forests, wetlands and savanna grassland. It is home to a large wildlife population, including elephant, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo, as well as whales, dolphins and endangered marine turtles.The management of iSimangaliso, for which Zaloumis has been recognised by WWF SA, co-ordinates the administration and protection of the park. It also offers meaningful job empowerment and benefits for local communities. In awarding Zaloumis the recognition, the WWF highlighted his inspirational work over the last 30 years in making the area one of South Africa’s conservation tourism hallmarks.In his acceptance speech, Zaloumis said that in order for places like iSimangaliso to continue to exist, society would have to think beyond the extractive values of conservation economics and rather acknowledge the real value of nature – the impact it has on the soul.Zaloumis spoke of a time, in 1994, when industry threatened to dredge-mine the dunes of Lake St Lucia for titanium, stripping the wetlands of its most vital resource: water. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s dedication to conservation-based ecotourism, half-a-million South Africans signed a petition to stop the development and focus on preserving the natural importance of the area.“The (then) new democratic government of South Africa. showed the world that there were socially- and environmentally-sustainable economic alternatives to smoke-stack industries,” Zaloumis said.iSimangaliso, he added, “offers hope and a new model of conservation to other wild places. It is a real privilege being able to work for the economic turnaround of a region and see tangible benefits for local people, while, and at the same time, restoring original game populations, ecosystems functioning and the natural wonders of the park.”Another notable highlight for Zaloumis was the reintroduction of the lion population in 2013. It was the first time in over 40 years lions were seen in iSimangaliso.Zaloumis accepted the award on behalf of the iSimangaliso team, the local community and his family, but paid special tribute to his father, who inspired his love of nature and the area where he had come as a boy to study the wetland’s duck population.WWF SA chairman Valli Moosa said the award was an important recognition of Zaloumis’s passion for conservation, rewarding “his boldness, visionary approach and courage to bring an inclusive form of conservation to an area that was once an apartheid operational zone and had one of the lowest human development indices in the country”.Source: World Wildlife Fund South Africalast_img read more