Leganés clings to the Cup to recover from the derby

first_imgLeganés looks to the future with the need to recover as soon as possible from the derby hit (0-3 in just 32 ’) and the certainty that the calendar will not help recovery. The following duels in league of the pickles are facing the Atlético de Madrid (Sunday, 12:00, in the Wanda Metropolitano) and Real society (Butarque, weekend of February 2). Crashes with a prologue to grow. To the south of the capital they cling to the Copa del Rey to recover the sensations.Thursday’s duel (7:00 pm) against Ebro already appeared with intensity in the mixed zone of Butarque as soon as the match against Getafe ended. “I am optimistic, I trust the team. We haven’t been up to the match and what the Leganés needs but tomorrow we return to train and think about the Ebro, “said Rubén Pérez. Minutes before, Javier Aguirre had sculpted the same speech. “The costumes are wrong … but they want the Ebro to come, they want to train … they are alive. It hurt the slap for which he gives it to you. (…) From defeats it grows. If not, you are wrong. If there starts to be cracks and things we do, we are going wrong. We lost, yes. We recognize mistakes, yes. We will surely draw positive conclusions. If we relax, with Copa and Wanda then, they make us a broken one, “Vasco insisted before the media.The risk of losing and rotationsIt happens, however, that The KO tournament now enjoys a dangerous dimension. The triumph (especially if a good image is left) It would help restore the catastrophe to Getafe, but the defeat could deepen the depression of a team, which also will have to pull rotations. When playing during the week and only 48 hours of the clash against Atlético, Aguirre will not be able to repeat the Murcia formula, when he lined up a mixed team, half starters, half substitutes.Coach You will have no choice but to use to the less usual and, surely, truffle the team with some canterano, especially in a front where there is only (in the absence of signings) two players: Braithwaite and Carrillo, both potential holders for the Metropolitan and not so much for Pedro Sancho.last_img read more

Guyana’s economy can be revitalised by village production- President

first_imgPresdient David GrangerA section of the gathering at the anniversary celebrationResidents of the Mocha Arcadia on the East Bank of Demerara, on Thursday celebrated the community’s 125th anniversary of gaining the status as a village.Showing their support in achieving the milestone, residents within the community turned out in their numbers for the anniversary celebration which was attended by President David Granger along with other Government officials.Delivering the feature address, the Head of State made emphasis on the many development and transformation villages across Guyana has brought to the country as a whole. On this note, the President declared that Guyana would be a different place without these villages such as Mocha.“Every village in this country must celebrate national day of villages and today your have chosen as your village day…..these villages transformed plantations into a nation, they transformed subjects into citizens, they transformed domination into determination and they transform dependence into independence. That is why I feel so proud about our villages, without these villages Guyana would be a different place” the Head of State remarked.While refreshing memories on the history of the former plantation into a village, President Granger noted that the country’s economy can be revitalized by village production, while reiterating that his Government is committed to supporting village development.“Villages are very relevant to present day development and they must be revitalized, that is my purpose in having this national day of villages. Not national day of towns but national day of villages because it is my belief that this economy, the country’s economy could be revitalized by village production. And that is why my government is supporting the development of villages and communities” President Granger underscored.Being a home to over 4,000 residents, Mocha Arcadia is a former plantation and was initially two separate villages but was declared as one on May 23, 1894 which had brought recognition to the area as part of Guyana’s Local Government System.This community is known for producing a variety of the country’s provisions and vegetables as many residents make use of the area’s fertile soil. The event which was held at the Mocha Arcadia Primary School, showcased the talent of the village’s youths in the form of music, dances and skits.Additionally, as part of showing appreciation for his attendance, President Granger was presented with some of the community’s produce by local farmers residing in the area.last_img read more

Rodeo results are in from the weekend in Chetwynd

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Senior and Junior high students competed in the Chetwynd Fall Rodeo this past weekend.The results from the Senior high division are as follows:Barrel RacingBrooke Swaffield – Dawson Creek 14.620Lainey Proctor – Prince George 14.902Fallyn Mills – Pink Mountain 14.975- Advertisement -Break Away RopingKate White – Dawson Creek 2.5Hanna Pederson – Gundy AB 3.6Madalyn Fraser – Rose Prairie 7.6Goat TyingTommi-Sue Little – Groundbirch 8.3Hanna Pederson – Gundy AB 9.9Fallyn Mills – Pink Mountain 10.4Tie Down RopingAdvertisement Tyrel Roberts – Charlie Lake 15.Dexter Keith – Dawson Creek 16.0Wade Roberts – Charlie Lake 17.2Ben Jackson – Hudson’s Hope 17.2Steer WrestlingWade Roberts – Charlie Lake 13.5Ben Jackson – Hudson’s Hope 15.9Zane Jones – Dawson Creek 34.8Saddle BroncZane Jones – Dawson Creek 66Dexter Keith – Dawson Creek 53Bull RidingDenton Spiers – Quesenel 78All Around Cowboy – Dexter Keith – Dawson Creek 40 pointsAdvertisement All Around Cowgirl – Brook Swaffield – Dawson Creek 52 pointsIn the Junior Division,Barrel RacingFallon Jones – Prince George 15.350Tate Rohloff – Sunset House 15.595Rachel Moat – Farmington 15.682Girls Break Away RopingRylie Bondaroff – Arras 5.6Kali-Clare Atkings – Fort St. John 7.2Emma Bousson – Elmworth AB 7.2Girls Goat TyingAdvertisement Rylie Bondaroff – Arras 9.1Fallon Jones – Prince George 13.0Twiggy Esua – Arras 13.3Boys Break Away RopingDanny Jones – Dawson Creek 6.4Boys Goat TyingJesse Jones – Dawson Creek 16.2Carson Johnson – North Pine 17.2Tyler Pederson – Gundy AB 17.5Team RopingRylie Bondaroff/Tyler Pederson 15.9Saddle BroncJesse Jones – Dawson Creek 56All Around Cowboy – Jesse Jones – Dawson Creek 78 pointsAdvertisement All Around Cowgirl – Rylie Bondaroff – Arras 86 pointslast_img read more

Solari questions Barca’s extra day off ahead of Clasico

first_img“We find it funny,” Solari said at a press conference on Saturday. “It’s curious. But playing in different conditions, it entertains us a lot and we see it as a challenge.”Madrid were also given one day fewer before the first leg earlier this month but had an extra day ahead of the La Liga match at the Camp Nou in October, when Barca ran out 5-1 winners.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugged off Madrid’s complaints.“Anyone can complain about the schedule, Sevilla too,” said Valverde after Saturday’s 4-2 win at Sevilla.“Really, that sort of thing happens to Sevilla, Betis, Real, to us, to all the teams. If the match date falls like that, it’s like that.”Solari, meanwhile, dismissed the possibility of Sergio Ramos earning a longer Champions League ban after the defender suggested he deliberately earned a yellow card against Ajax to use up his suspension in the second leg.Ramos subsequently insisted that was not the case but UEFA could extend his punishment if they feel the booking was pre-meditated.“The issue has been cleared up,” Solari said. “You can see (it was not deliberate) in the action itself and Sergio cleared it up afterwards. We have no doubts about it.”Ramos will miss the game against Levante on Sunday through a separate suspension after being sent off during Madrid’s defeat to Girona last weekend. But Isco is available again after recovering from a back problem.The loss to Girona left Madrid third in the league, nine points behind Barcelona, with a La Liga Clasico coming at the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend, four days after the meeting in the Copa del Rey.“Last week we dropped points and the gap grew but we have to reduce it again,” Solari said. “We must fight until the end.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has questioned the shorter preparation time his side has ahead of WEdnesday’s Copa Del Rey clash with Barcelona © AFP / JOHN THYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 23 – Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has described as “curious” Barcelona having an extra day’s rest before next week’s Copa del Rey clash between the two sides, the first of two El Clasico derbies in four days.Barca face Sevilla on Saturday while Madrid are away to Levante on Sunday before the two rivals meet in the second leg of their cup semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, with the historic rivals level at 1-1 after the first match at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img`Jazz Cabaret’ concerts to begin The Jennifer Leitham Trio will kick off the “Jazz Cabaret” concert series at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave. on the Whittier College Campus. Leitham, a left-handed upright basist, will perform the works of jazz legends. Leitham has been a member of The Tonight Show All-Stars Band and the Benny Carter Quintet. Her latest CD is “The Real Me.” Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors. For information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 907-4203 or visit www.shannoncenter.org Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers Whittier Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to the sick and elderly in Whittier. Volunteers must be available two hours per week and their own transportation to deliver meals. For information, call Elaine or Linda at (562) 698-2750. LMHS facililty gains notoriety La Mirada High School’s newly constructed science building is featured on the cover of the September 2007 Scholastic Administrator, and included in the article “Future Schools, 8 Designs to Inspire Your Next Campus.” The building was paid for with the Measure S Bond voted in by the Norwalk-La Mirada community in 2002, and with funds from the State School Facility Program Fund. The new science building, covering 24,000 square feet, was designed by architectural firm Dougherty and Dougherty, and built by Allcraft, Inc. It will house 12 classrooms, two bays for support space classes, and six stacked science labs. The building is expected to be completed in November. Chinese Ensemble to hold concert The Arcadia Chinese Ensemble will give a concert featuring traditional music at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave., on the Whittier College campus. Before the concert, faculty will lead a talk on the relationship between Chinese language, philosophy and music. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students. For information or to buy tickets, call (562) 907-4203 or visit www.shannoncenter.org Children’s Museum has ocean exhibit LA HABRA – The Children’s Museum at 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, is offering a new exhibit, Ocean Adventures, from now through Jan. 20. Children under 12 will take on the roles of conservationists and come to the aid of sharks, seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales and many other marine species in peril. Kids can wear scuba gear as they travel through the oceans to learn about pollution, over-fishing and other human factors involved in protecting the oceans. The Aquarium of the Pacific will be bringing its Aquarium on Wheels to the exhibit, from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Visiting the aquarium is free with admission to the museum. Admission costs $6 per person. Children under 2 get in free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (562) 905-9793. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sorensen Library friends set meeting The Friends of the Sorensen Library in Whittier will have an open meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 11405 Rosehedge Drive. The library hopes to attract new members and help with a future library through the meeting. Membership dues cost $5 per year. For information, call Masha Delott at (562) 699-7555. last_img

Saddam defiant

first_img I am a member of one of the largest public service employee unions in the world. I already have the ability to opt out of paying for political causes with which I disagree. Proposition 75 is an unnecessary boondoggle, as are most of these special-interest propositions. It’s a shame that the taxpayers of California, union members and nonmembers alike, are being forced to pay the tab for the governor’s personal agenda. – Jesse H. Avila Arleta A personal thing Re: “Big difference” (Your Opinions, Oct. 19): Bill Zelenka mentions “Remember that only Congress has the power to declare war …” And he is right. That comes directly from the Constitution. So how come the Iraqi situation was started by Bush – as a personal thing? One man started the war. The same man who, when ushered into office, vowed to uphold the Constitution. So much for the Constitution. – Frank Barron Van Nuys If not God, who? Re: “Secular nation” and “The Laws of Nature” (Your Opinions, Oct. 18, 21): Michael Harris could not dispute the facts I presented, so he resorted to name-calling, questioning my motives, and attacking a straw man argument which I did not make. I merely stated a series of historical facts that are in the public record. I made no statement regarding separation one way or the other. If that is “radical,” public discourse is impossible in America. He assumed that my motive was to claim that most of the Founders were Christians. I said nothing about Christianity one way or the other. Alan Koss’s quote from the Northwest Ordinance makes my point, specifically connecting schools with promotion of religion. As for the Ohio Co. grant, I said “a grant of land” [Ch. 25, 1 Stat. 257 (1792)] – not all such grants. The Declaration famously says men aRe: “endowed by their Creator” with rights; if “their Creator” is not God, who is it? – Gregg Frazer Castaic The cross is not Catholic Re: “On his watch” (Your Opinions, Oct. 20): The cross is not just for Catholics; other religions follow Christ and the cross. And Cardinal Mahony needs to be run out of town with a stick. Quit lumping all of us together with the Catholics. – Martha Ballardo Montrose Traditional homelands Re: “Propaganda term” (Your Opinions, Oct. 20): Louis Richter’s Biblical correctness justifying Israel’s “resettling” of “Judah” (aka “the West Bank”) raises other issues. If traditional homelands are to take precedence, shouldn’t we all lay claim to Africa’s Olduvai Gorge?- Boyd R. Britton North Hollywood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Aren’t they lawmakers? Re: “Signature drive begins” (Oct. 14): It has been a long time since my high school civics class, so can someone explain to me why the governor and several state lawmakers have raised $400,000 to collect signatures to put Jessica’s Law on the ballot, instead of going to Sacramento and doing what we elected them to do: pass laws? I know a few classrooms that could use some of that money. – Lloyd Berriman Northridge Personal agenda propositions Re: “Big difference” and “Workers’ voices” (Your Opinions, Oct. 19): Re: “Saddam defiant” (Oct. 20): Gee, it was a surprise to learn that Saddam Hussein was one tough cookie at his murder trial. Who would have thought that Hussein would be that defiant? On the other hand, the West expected to see on live TV the remorseful former dictator down on his knees pleading guilty of gassing and torturing people, apologizing to his own people and the world and begging for forgiveness. After all, the ruthless, fearless, 68-year-old mass murderer who was ousted from his power has a lot to live for. – Julian T. Nguyen Reseda last_img read more


first_imgTHERE are celebrations in Glencolmcille today – one of its famous sons has won a seat in the US Congress.Brendan Boyle, whose dad Frank left Donegal for a new life in Pennsylvania in 1970, was one of the Democratic Party success stories last night. He even had his nomination backed by President Obama (see video) in recent days.Boyle has defeated Republican Carson Dee Adcock for an open congressional seat in suburban Philadelphia.The three-term State representative from Philadelphia topped the Montgomery County businessman on Tuesday night for the seat in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District.  BRENDAN BOYLE, SON OF GLENCOLMCILLE MAN, ELECTED TO US CONGRESS was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyleCongresselectedlast_img read more

List of Ugandan FIFA referees released

first_imgBrian Nsubuga (right) is retained as a FIFA referee (file photo)MENGO – Four new referees have been added to the list of Ugandan Officials that will don the FIFA Badge for the upcoming year.This was confirmed on Monday evening after the office of the CEO received the list from FIFA.“The office of the CEO is in receipt of the approved list of FIFA referees for 2019, said FUFA Communications Manager, Ahmed Hussein.“FUFA would like to congratulate the referees as we continue to promote Integrity, Fitness and Performance (IFP) with a group that plays a key role in the beautiful game of football.“The referees are expected to maintain high standards when selected for duty on the domestic and international scene.“We are also glad that the number of FIFA referees has increased by one slot from 21 last year to 22 in 2019.The new kids on the block are Murungi Diana and Ayaro Florence (FIFA Women Referees) while Kawagga Bazirio Keneddy is a FIFA Beach Soccer Referee.The full list of Ugandan FIFA Referees 2019:Referees (Men): Miiro Brian Nsubuga, Ssali Mashood, Muhabi Alex, Sabilla Ali and Oloya WilliamAssistant referees (Men); Ssonko Mark, Okello Dick, Katenya Ronald, Okello Lee, Balikoowa Musa Ngobi and Masembe Issa.Referees (Women): Nabadda Shamirah, Murungi Diana, Ayaro FlorenceAssistant referees (Women); Nantabo Lydia Wanyama, Nagaddya Catherine Cynthia, Nakitto Marex Nkumbi and Mutonyi JaneBeach Soccer: Kintu Ivan Bayige, Mugerwa Shafic, Ssenteza Muhammad and Kawagga Bazirio KeneddyComments Tags: Ahmed HusseinFUFAlast_img read more

Confident Humboldt Crabs open up West Coast Showcase tonight against Seattle Studs

first_imgARCATA >> Through their eight games of the season, the new-look Humboldt Crabs roster has gotten a taste of what summer baseball is like here on the North Coast.In the words of former WWE announcer Jim Ross, business is about to pick up.The first-ever West Coast Showcase is here. With it comes a loaded four-team field that includes some of the toughest competition the Crabs will see all summer. Humboldt, fresh off a second straight weekend series win to begin the year, opens up the tournament …last_img

Peer Reviewed Research: The Fraud Explosion

first_imgEthicists are becoming alarmed at the explosive increase in scientific fraud cases – and those are just the ones that were caught.Fraud on the RiseIt’s a truism that scientific research requires honesty (as with any intellectual endeavor).  For some reason, fraud cases have increased dramatically.  Is it due to better detection and reporting, or to a disturbing trend that no longer values honesty in academia?  Some recent articles weigh in on the problem.In Nature News Oct 1, an article headlined, “Misconduct is the main cause of life-sciences retractions.”  That’s misconduct in contrast to slipshod error, as Zoe Corbyn expressed:Conventional wisdom says that most retractions of papers in scientific journals are triggered by unintentional errors. Not so, according to one of the largest-ever studies of retractions. A survey published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that two-thirds of retracted life-sciences papers were stricken from the scientific record because of misconduct such as fraud or suspected fraud — and that journals sometimes soft-pedal the reason.Results of the survey were published in PNAS (Fang, Steen and Casadevall, “Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications,” PNAS October 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212247109).  Of the 2,047 retracted papers surveyed, 43% were fraud cases and 24% were due to either duplicate publication or plagiarism.  And this was from leading journals, including Nature, Science, and PNAS itself.  Only a fifth, Science Insider said, were due to mistakes.  Science Magazine (Random Sample, Oct 5) noted that while plagiarism predominated in China, fraud predominated in the United States.  New Scientist said these numbers were “higher than thought.”  The Scientist speculated about the reasons:The disproportionate number of fraud-related retractions from high-IF journals likely reflects the pressures on scientists to publish impressive data in prestigious journals. “There’s greater reward,” said Resnik, “and more temptation to bend the rules.”But lots of people work under stress without bending the rules, and temptations hit everyone.  Scientists are supposed to be models of integrity, aren’t they?  Whatever the reason, research misconduct is not a victimless crime.  One of the ethicists conducting the survey wanted to “dispel any notion that scientific misconduct may be a crime that only affects the perpetrators.”  Scientists often publish on issues society really cares about.Science Insider tried to whitewash the problem with statistics:Although retractions are on the rise, they remain relatively rare in science. Well under 0.1% of papers in PubMed have been retracted, the study found; the database contains more than 25 million papers going back to the 1940s.The problem with that analysis is that nobody knows how many papers should have been retracted but were never exposed for fraud, error, or misconduct.  That’s not just an idle concern.  “What’s troubling is that the more skillful the fraud, the less likely that it will be discovered, so there likely are more fraudulent papers out there that haven’t yet been detected and retracted,” said Dr. Arturo Casadevall, lead author of the paper (quoted in Science Daily).  And then there’s the question, why are retractions on the rise?  Why now?Science Daily listed Casadevall’s suggestions for improvement: such as, more emphasis on quality over quantity, less rating for impact, more cooperation and collaboration, and better funding processes.  These would undoubtedly help, but one can imagine whole groups conspiring to commit fraud if honesty is not valued.Shocking Self-PromotionThe Scientist uncovered another trend in fraud: self-congratulation.  Some scientists are logging in under another name and writing great reviews of their own work.At least four scientists have been cheating the peer review system in a whole new way: when submitting a paper to a scientific journal, they suggest reviewers with email addresses that track back to themselves; then they write a glowing review…. “I find it very shocking,” Laura Schmidt, an Elsevier publisher, told The Chronicle. “It’s very serious, very manipulative, and very deliberate.” ….This “has taken a lot of people by surprise,” Irene Hames, a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics that advises journals on how to handle misconduct, said in an e-mail to The Chronicle. “It should be a wake-up call to any journals that don’t have rigorous reviewer selection and screening in place.”Psychologist, Shrink ThyselfAs reported earlier, some high-profile cases of fraud have come from the psychologist community.  Now, according to Nature News, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman is calling on them to clean up their act.  He wants them “to restore the credibility of their field by creating a replication ring to check each others’ results.”  He told them in an email, “your field is now the poster child for doubts about the integrity of psychological research.  I believe that you should collectively do something about this mess.”Diederich Stapel, one of the poster children for psychology fraud, is now under investigation by Dutch prosecutors, according to Science Now.  25 of his papers have been retracted and others are being considered for retraction.  He had received 2.2 million euros in research funding.  Other high-profile cases include Dirk Smeesters (7/05/2012), Lawrence Sanna, and Marc Hauser (9/05/2012)Kahneman proposed a “daisy chain of replication” to avoid unverified results.  Norbert Schwarz, a social psychologist from U of Michigan, agrees something must be done.  “I hope that this becomes part of a broader movement in psychology to be more self-critical, and to see if there are gaps in the way we do everyday science.”Sleeping at the SyringeAnother shocking fraud case was by an anesthesiologist, Yoshitaka Fujii in Tokyo.  David Cyranoski wrote in Nature News, “Retraction record rocks community: Anaesthesiology tries to move on after fraud investigations.”  This is not one person’s problem, Cyranoski showed:One of the biggest purges of the scientific literature in history is finally getting under way. After more than a decade of suspicion about the work of anaesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii, formerly of Toho University in Tokyo, investigations by journals and universities have concluded that he fabricated data on an epic scale. At least half of the roughly 200 papers he authored on responses to drugs after surgery are in line for retraction in the coming months.Like many cases of fraud, this one has raised questions about how the misconduct went undetected for so long. But the scope and duration of Fujii’s deception have shaken multiple journals and the entire field of anaesthesiology, which has seen other high-profile frauds in the past few years.Unquestionably, this could be serious.  Fraudulent claims about drugs could conceivably reach right into the hospital where your loved one is trusting the doctor’s advice on medication.  Suspicions arose about Fujii when he published more papers than seemed possible in the amount of time, and they looked “too perfect.”  By spreading his publications out in multiple journals, he avoided some of the suspicion.  Another trick, since he worked for five institutions, was to claim that ethics approval for studies had been granted at a previous post.While Fujii’s is an exceptional case, colleagues are worried about their field.  One who suspected the fraud doesn’t want to write off Fujii as merely a bad apple.  “It’s a system failure,” he said.  Indeed, if peer review and replication are not working, the vaunted “self-correcting” quality of scientific research is compromised.AssessmentPerhaps no other field of scholarly activity generates as much writing as science – publications that are supposed to be peer reviewed, inspected, and replicated.  Thousands of titles are printed and posted every week by labs all over the world.  For the self-checking processes of science to work, fellow scientists would have to spend vast amounts of their time replicating other scientists’ results.  How could they?  Even if they could, they might be motivated by rivalry or the desire for approval from superiors.  Some research is clearly too difficult to replicate: how many countries can build a Large hadron Collider to look for the Higgs boson? Much work is not reproducible without great effort or luck, like snapping a photo of an Ivory woodpecker.Peer review and replication remain idealistic in principle but too often unattainable in practice.  Consequently, vast numbers of scientific papers slide through the process without adequate review, attaining the illusion of validity in the public’s eye.  When fraud is caught, it’s often long after the damage has been done.  The Scientist gave the example of the measles epidemic that resulted when parents feared, based on a fraudulent study, that inoculations caused autism.While it may be encouraging to see rising concern over scientific fraud and misconduct, who’s watching the watchers?  Somebody, somewhere, has to abide by some pretty old-fashioned values: courage and integrity.Integrity: evolve that, Darwin.  Rule: if it evolves, it’s not integrity.In the article on Marc Hauser (9/05/2012), we made the point that evolutionary materialists really have nothing to complain about.  Cheating is part of evolutionary game theory.  Cheaters are necessary to produce the evolution of morality; Hauser himself taught that in his own book, and his colleagues all agree.  How can they fault him for living consistent with his own views?  He was performing a necessary role.  For those who take this view of morality, all the cheaters mentioned in this article should get rewards.Critics might respond that misconduct is rife in churches, too.  It’s true.  From time to time, high-profile pastors get exposed for sexual misconduct.  Some preachers plagiarize others’ work by downloading sermons and preaching them as if their own.  Yes, there are sinners in the church!The difference is that the Biblical worldview accounts for sin; evolution does not.  Bible believers know that God is holy, but humans are fallen. While the Bible teaches that we are each responsible for our sin, and have no excuse, we all sin.  The history of sinners, even among great men like King David, is long; even the most righteous among us knows temptation and stumbling.  But the Bible is also a story of redemption.  Christ came into the world to save sinners (Romans 5:6-11).  Accepting his gift of righteousness, purchased by his death on the cross, provides imputed (legal) righteousness before God, but practical righteousness only over time.  The Christian life is a long process of sanctification that will not be completed in this lifetime.  Christ founded the church (Matthew 16:13-19) as a community of disciples who would encourage and admonish each other toward righteousness (Colossians 3), with godly leaders teaching and applying His inspired Word (I Peter 5), which is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (I Timothy 3:16).The  point is that the Biblical worldview accounts for sin and has means for dealing with it.  The more a church maintains high standards, is aware of sources of temptation, has policies for transparency and accountability, the less likely major cases of misconduct will appear.  Nevertheless, because of our fallenness and ever-present temptation, some will stumble and fall into sin.  When it happens, there are Biblical policies for dealing with it (e.g., Matthew 18), and redemptive policies for rehabilitating the sinner (II Corinthians 2:3-7).The secular scientific community, by contrast, pretends shock and dismay over the misconduct of their members, but cannot account for why the misconduct is wrong.  There is no “should” in evolutionary theory.  They can’t say stuff should happen, and other stuff should not happen; they can only say stuff happens.The only way secularists can set up ethics boards, policies and procedures, and investigate and punish misconduct is to borrow from Judeo-Christian moral principles.  They have to steal from the smorgasbord of Christian values.  This means they have to commit misconduct (plagiarism and theft) to fight misconduct!  Reaching into their own beliefs, they have no grounds for calling anything of the above incidents wrong.  It’s all evolutionary games; it just happens, like hyenas sneaking in bites at the lion’s catch.  Conceivably, a new power could evolve that would make right wrong and wrong right.  Ethics boards in an evolutionary future might punish the honest folks and reward the cheats.  (Wait; that’s already happened—e.g., in communist countries built on Darwinian “ethics”.)We shouldn’t let the Casadevalls, Schmidts and Kahnemans of the secular science community pretend righteous indignation when, to the scientific consensus, righteousness evolved by an amoral, aimless process of natural selection (9/12/2012).  Only those whose worldview can ground righteousness in timeless, unchanging attributes of a righteous Creator have the justification for righteous indignation.  This means that only Bible believers are qualified to rise up and demand honesty and integrity from scientists.  Let them do their duty with all diligence, considering themselves, lest they also be tempted (Galatians 6:1-5).(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more