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Barrett going for gold

first_imgSt Jago’s Timor Barrett, last year’s bronze medal winner in the 400 metres hurdles open, is hoping to go sub-51 seconds at next week’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.Barrett, a semi-finalist in the event at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland last summer, has been in great form all season. He displayed that good form at the Carifta Trials, clocking 51.49 seconds to win the Under-20 event, and in the process, defeated last year’s Champs winner, Juavaney James of St Elizabeth Technical, who was relegated to fifth in the event.Both Barrett and his coach, Rhansomme Edwards, are very confident of going faster at Champs.”Timor’s performance at Carifta was a very good one, and he actually came to a stop at the fifth hurdle but recovered well to win and run a fast time and was just outside of his personal best, and I am very confident he can go under the 52 seconds barrier,” Edwards said.Barrett and his new coach now have a strong bond.”I have had a good relationship so far with my coach, and he motivates me a lot, and he is just straightforward, and this helps me to stay focused and be motivated, and I am hoping that I can go all the way at Champs,” he said.- R.G.last_img read more

Stop ‘pussyfooting’ on teachers’ salary increases

first_imgGovt urged to– GTU still awaits word on suggested 40 percent increase for teachersBy Samuel SukhnandanTeachers have, for almost one and a half years, been waiting on Government to finalise with the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) an agreement in regard to increases in salaries and other benefits; and they are still waiting.The last multi-year agreement between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and theGeneral Secretary of GTU, Coretta McDonaldGuyana Teachers Union (GTU) came to an end in 2015, and the GTU has since been working to finalise a new agreement.GTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald, told Guyana Times on Sunday that the MoE informed the union recently that it is still trying to narrow down its counterproposal. The GTU had submitted its proposal since December 2015, with the hope that negotiations would have commenced early and a new agreement would have been completed before mid-2016.“We were hoping that in 2016 we would have already been finished with this, so teachers could begin to enjoy the other benefits apart from salary increases. However, whenever that agreement is signed, it will have to be retroactive to 2015, because it’s a multi-year agreement (2016-2020),” she explained.McDonald said a reshuffle of permanent secretaries at the MoE might have been one reason why Government has not been able to meet the GTU at the bargaining table. She said negotiations had begun with former MoE Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd, during which only nonfinancial matters of the proposal had been examined. Nedd was later replaced by Vibert Welch, the former Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, who assumed the duties of PS at the MoE earlier this year.“…and we thought it was fair to give him the opportunity to look at the document. We are hoping that sometime soon we will be able to have a counter proposal coming from the Ministry of Education; and it’s from that level that the GTU would be able to start negotiations,” McDonald explained.Although ready to excuse the MoE’s delay in regard to resuming negotiations, McDonald has described the situation as “disgusting”, and has said negotiations should immediately be resumed because teachers’ across the country are impatiently awaiting word on what they are likely to receive in the new five-year agreement.“You cannot have teachers uncomfortable, or uneasy, or not knowing what they are about, and expect them to give of their best. And so, based on what we are seeing coming out of the proposal that we submitted, whatever is submitted to us as a counterproposal would be favourable to teachers.”Forty per centThe GTU has also proposed a 40 per cent across-the-board salary increase for all public school teachers. It must be noted, however, that in the previous agreement, the GTU had managed to get for teachers’ countrywide only a five per cent salary increase over the course of five years.McDonald explained that the GTU would like to see the salaries of all categories of teachers increased by 45 per cent in 2017 and by 50 per cent for the following three years (2018-2020). She explained that the GTU had arrived at these figures after considering inflation.“We don’t expect the Government to give us everything we ask for, and that is why we have negotiations. But if they come lower than that, we will have to sit and talk at the table,” she declared.Although negotiations in the above regard had not been fruitful with the previous Government, McDonald told Guyana Times, the GTU is hoping that negotiations with this current administration would see teachers being placed in scales which will reflect the results of the debunching, in keeping with Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) governing the period 2011-2015.This would mean that teachers with advanced levels of training would be placed on a scale that is different from those of recently graduated teachers.Importantly, also, the GTU has proposed that the payment of sums of money in regard to debunching be retroactive to 2011, when the previous MoU was inked. And if the MoU is approved, teachers would also benefit from monthly emotional, stress, risk and maintenance allowances.McDonald said the extensive proposal also entails benefits for teachers serving in hinterland communities, and addresses the need for scholarships and other non-salary issues.But apart from that, the union is also advocating for an additional performance-based incentive of three per cent per annum of the total teachers’ wage bill, and for teachers being eligible for double salaries in the month of December each year.last_img read more

Craig man killed in hit and run

first_imgPolice are investigating a hit and run accident which took place early Sunday evening and left one man dead while another is hospitalized.Dead is 61-year-old Francis Persaud of Craig Village, East Bank Demerara, who was struck down by a motorcycle while making his way over the public road.The driver of the cycle had reportedly fled the scene of the incident but was subsequently detained. Investigations are ongoing.Details will follow in the August 01, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.Dead: Francis Persaudlast_img

Late rally sparks Apaches

first_imgA combination of timely hitting and clutch pitching was the difference. Both teams started extra innings under the international tie-breaker rule, which puts the last out of the previous inning at second base at the start of the new inning. While Arcadia starter Jenna Rodriguez (2-0) fanned two batters and induced a flyout to escape a no-out, runners-on-the-corners jam in the top of the eighth, Glendora starter Dana Waldusky (0-2) was not as fortunate. The Apaches led off the bottom half of the eighth with a Shelby Gibbs bunt, which moved base runner Morgan Barchan to third. Melissa Dipane then drove Waldusky’s first pitch into the right-center field gap. • Photo Gallery: 03/07: Glendora vs. Arcadia girls softball SAN DIMAS- Dominated through six innings, the Arcadia High softball team appeared headed toward defeat in Wednesday afternoon’s second round of the San Dimas Tournament. Yet, the 2006 Pacific League champions (2-0) showed some early resilience, scoring two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and one in the eighth to win, defeating Glendora, 3-2. “Wow, you couldn’t have asked for a better finish,” Arcadia coach Ed Andersen said. “Our offense came to life right at the end.” center_img Even though Glendora right fielder Shawn Miller made a spectacular diving catch, she was in no position to throw out a hustling Barchan. “I just wanted to get a hit and win this game,” Dipane said. “I know some of the girls over there from travel ball. This game was about bragging rights.” Dipane’s delivery also validated another great performance from Rodriguez, who struck out 11. Arcadia’s improbable comeback started in the seventh, partly because of poor fielding by Glendora (1-4). Waldusky committed two fielding errors in the inning, the second of which allowed Arcadia to score its first run while leaving the base loaded with one out. Caitlyn Leahy then dropped what seemed to be a weak bunt along the first base line that appeared headed out of play. Glendora first baseman Stacey Burke picked up the ball and found that she had nowhere to throw, allowing Arcadia to tie the game. Overall, the Tartans committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs, wasting what was a strong performance by Waldusky. She struck out six and allowed only four hits through eight. 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

Kane rages at ref, Spain halt England feel-good factor

first_img0Shares0000‘Bottled it’: England players surround Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for ruling out a late equaliser by Danny Welbeck © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 8 – Harry Kane raged at Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for ruling out a late equaliser as Spain punctured England’s post World Cup euphoria by winning 2-1 at Wembley to hand coach Luis Enrique a winning start in the Nations League.In their first game since reaching the semi-finals in Russia, England were denied a point when Makkelie awarded a foul in favour of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea for minimal contact with Danny Welbeck. “In the big moments you need the referee to stay strong, but unfortunately he has bottled it,” said Kane.“Big moments you need a firm referee who don’t, under the pressure, get wrong decisions, basically.”However, England manager Gareth Southgate admitted his side weren’t good enough as Spain bounced back from Marcus Rashford’s opener to go ahead before half-time through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.Despite the joy at reaching the last four in Russia, England have now lost three consecutive games for the first time in 30 years.“We have to accept Spain were better than us for long periods of the game,” said Southgate.“Their retention of the ball was top class. We were a bit disjointed in our pressing, but even when you press well against them they have some wonderful players.“We aren’t able to do that when teams press high against us yet.”England’s Luke Shaw was stretchered off with a head injury © AFP / Glyn KIRKThere was some relief for England, though, as left-back Luke Shaw confirmed he is fine after being stretchered off early in the second half with a nasty head injury.– Fast start –Kane was presented with his Golden Boot for being top scorer at the World Cup amid a buoyant atmosphere before kick-off that continued with a fast start from the hosts, thanks in large part to the unfortunate Shaw.The Manchester United left-back was making his first international start in three years after battling back from a broken leg and loss of form in the past two seasons.Kane released Shaw free down the left on 11 minutes and his teasing cross curled perfectly into the path of Rashford to slot past United team-mate De Gea.However, the England fans had barely retaken their seats by the time Spain levelled two minutes later when Saul swept home Rodrigo’s cross.– De Gea denies England –England’s strength at set-pieces was one of the key factors for their success at the World Cup, but they were easily outdone for the winner by a simple Thiago Alcantara free-kick that Rodrigo slotted home at the near post.De Gea had been labelled as one of the main culprits for Spain’s poor showing in being knocked out by the hosts at the last 16 in Russia as he made just one save in the whole competition.However, the United ‘keeper produced the sort of stunning save he does routinely at club level to deny Rashford an instant equaliser with a powerful header from point-blank range.“I am especially happy about De Gea’s performance,” said Enrique.“We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he’s showed that for many years in the Premier League. We are talking about a player of a top level.”The second period had barely begun when Shaw suffered a sickening blow to the head as he clashed with Dani Carvajal.A five-minute stoppage ensued as Shaw was carefully carried from the field on a stretcher and with an oxygen mask strapped around his face.England, though, finished the stronger and only De Gea with two more stunning saves from Rashford and the referee denied them at least a share of the points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Atletico Madrid enter race for Turkish winger also targeted by Tottenham

first_img1 Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore Tottenham will have to move quickly if they want to sign Gokhan Tore after reports in Turkey claimed that Atletico Madrid are set to make a £12m bid for the Besiktas winger.Mauricio Pochettino has been strongly linked with a move for the Turkey international who has been one of the star performers for Slaven Bilic’s side.But Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak is reporting that the La Liga champions have made Tore one of their top targets and have sent scouts to watch him in action.Madrid are now poised to make their offer for the 23-year-old who made a name for himself coming through the Chelsea academy.last_img

URA confirms Nkata’s resignation

first_imgNkata replaced Kirya in DecemberURA FC have come out and confirmed that veteran coach Paul Nkata aka Latest has left the Tax collectors.This come after rumours surfaced last night that Nkata had decided to throw in the towel in the wake of his side’s 7-2 humiliation at the hands of two time league defending champions.URA F.C Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Edward Kulubya confirmed the sad development to the media.“Coach Nkata (Paul) resigned last night after we lost 7-2 to KCCA, confirmed Kulubya.“I can assure you that he made the decision himself and management had nothing to do with it.“As URA FC, we wish him the best in his future endeavours and also thank him for the time he has been with us.This was Nkata’s second stint with the Tax Collectors having seen them finish fourth in the 2013/14 season before he was released and replaced by Alex Isabirye.For his most recent spell, Nkata replaced Ibrahim Kirya last December and has been in charge of URA for 19 official matches, 11 in the league, one in the Uganda cup and six at the Mapinduzi cup in Tanzania.In the league, Nkata managed only three victories (D2 L7) and saw his side eliminated at the round of 64 in the Uganda Cup by fourth division side Kampala Junior Team (KJT).Nkata also lost the Mapinduzi Cup finals to Azam FC on penalties in January and he leaves URA with a winning percentage of around 30% in competitive fixtures.He leaves URA in right position with 31 points from Wyoming games.Several people around Nkata claim that he lost the dressing room at URA as soon as he came to replace Kirya, falling out with several senior players and that the players wanted him out as soon as possible.Sam Ssimbwa is highly tipped to take over from Nkata.Sam Simbwa is tipped to be the man to take over at URASimbwa has only last month been fired by Kenyan giants Sofapaka after a poor run of results.Whether Simbwa or whoever comes in, alot needs to be sorted at URA if they are to restore there glory and the task a head may even be harder than staying not the league this season for some clubs.During his playing time, Nkata was a fine dribbler and entertainer endowed with speed.Football fans and the media admired his stylish play and nicknamed him “latest.”He also featured prominently for the Uganda Cranes winning the CECAFA Senior Challenge cup thrice before retiring in 1991.Comments Tags: KCCA FCmapinduzi cupPaul Nkatasam simbwaURA FClast_img read more

Coláiste Ailigh win Donegal ETB’s 2019 Enterprise Day – Pic Special

first_imgColáiste Ailigh (Letterkenny) have been announced as this year’s winners of Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres.The event took place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) on Wednesday, October 16. Second place went to the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, while Mulroy College in Milford came third. Two hundred and forty students from twenty post-primary schools and Youthreach centres across the county participated in the event, which involved each team developing a product on which they were judged in a Dragon’s Den-type setup. Teams were given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Ramelton based entrepreneur Seamus McDaid, of McDaid’s Football Special fame, spoke to the students in the morning about his entrepreneurship journey.Seamus has 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 returned to Ireland to run the family business, working as the company’s Business Development Manager from their headquarters in Ramelton. He had lots of entrepreneurial experience and tips to share with the couple of hundred young people who participated in the day. After teams pitched their ideas to the judges, the final three teams then pitched to all participants. The judges found it very difficult to pick an outright winner due to the high standard of the enterprising ideas presented to them.Coláiste Ailigh came up with an innovative product called ‘Sea Wear’, a biodegradable, foldable Tupperware piece created from seaweed which can fold out as a plate and aimed at the restaurant/takeaway market. The team was supported by mentor Amy Harkin from Lottie Dolls. Speaking about the Enterprise Day, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said: “This is now our sixth year to host this brilliant event.“We’re pleased to see so many schools and Youthreach centres joining us. “It’s an enjoyable day for the students and hopefully it will inspire their innovation and creativity. “We would like to thank the Letterkenny Institute of Technology for the use of their facilities and their students for helping as mentors.  “The keynote address from Seamus also resonated with the students and all the employers made enthusiastic contributions as business mentors.”The participating schools and Youthreach centres were the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Crana College, Buncrana; Deele College, Raphoe; Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; Moville Community College; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore; Loreto Community School Milford; Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny; Mulroy College, Milford; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Carndonagh Community School; St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny; St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs; Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe; Coláiste na Carraige, Carrick; Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny; St Columba’s College, Stranorlar; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Youthreach Gortahork.Donegal ETB and the organising committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the students, their teachers and LYIT for participating in, assisting with and supporting the day.Particular thanks are extended to the business mentors and judges who gave up their day to support the event, including Leonard Watson, Watson’s Menswear; Jimmy Stafford, Bank of Ireland; Lucia McCauley, Bank of Ireland; Mary Crawford, The Right Angle; Richard Finney, The Counter Deli; Louise Hayden, Focus Fitness; Sarah-Marie McDevitt, Pinehill Studios; Florentine, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing; Paul Logue, McElhinneys; Clare Ryan, ITUS Secure Technologies; Kelda Kelly, Fusion; Ursula Donnelly, Enterprise Ireland; Anthony Boyle, Tax Assist; Alexandra Manning, Occasions Event Management; Patricia Hill, Stateside; Geoffrey Browne, Rossmore Manor B&B; Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce; Ian Harkin, Lottie Dolls; Amy Harkin, Lottie Dolls; Stephen McGuire, Donegal Daily; Cuin Varughese, Aaron Rajan Paul and Fiona Kelly, all LYIT; Shauna Devenney, Ciaran O Brien, Paddy Muldoon, Mairead McFadden, Marie Donnelly and Deirdre Bonner all Donegal ETB. Thanks also to Valu Centre, Letterkenny for sponsoring the bottled water provided on the day.This year’s event saw an increase in the number of entries from 2018. Further information and photos of the day can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie), Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (@DonegalETB) through #ETBEnterprise19.Getting their invention ready at the Donegal ETB Enterprise day on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana enjoying themselves at the Enterprise Day at LYIT with Mentor, Anthony Boyle on Wednesday.The St Eunans College team at the ETB Enterprise Day on Wednesday at LYIT.The winning Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny team receive their award from Donegal ETB CEO, Anne McHugh on Wednesday.The Abbey VS team receive second place on the day from Anne McHugh, Donegal ETB CEO.The Mulroy College team receive 3rd place on Wednesday from Anne McHugh, CEO of Donegal ETB.Guest Speaker, Seamus McDaid of Donegal Special, pictured with Geoffrey Browne (Chairman Donegal ETB) and Anne McHugh (CEO Donegal ETB)The Royal and Prior Raphoe team with teacher, Davina McCandless at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day on Wednesday at LYIT.A race to the stage on Wednesday as Lee Gooch gets the crowd warmed up at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day.(John/jmac.ie)The judging panel keeping a close eye on things at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day at LYIT.Guest Speaker, Seamus McDaid of Football Special speaking to the crowd on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise event.LYIT Business Studies Students who Supported Student Teams at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day in LYIT.Business People from around the County who Mentored Student Teams at the event on Wednesday in LYITPupils from St Columbas College with teacher, Karen Diver at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Deele College Raphoe with teacher, Orla Gallagher at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.(jmac.ie)Errigal College Students with their teacher, Ms Sarah Quigg.Pupils from Coliste Na Carraige with their teacher, Emma Kane on Wednesday at LYIT.Participants from Youthreach Gortahork at the Enterprise Event in LYIT on Wednesday last.Lee Gooch quizzing some of the students on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise event in LYIT.Rose Stockdale (Teacher) with St Catherines team 2 on Wednesday at LYIT. (John/jmac.ie)Rose Stockdale (Teacher) with St Catherines team 1 on Wednesday at LYIT. (John/jmac.ie)Karen Stewart (Teacher) with participants from Mulroy College on Wednesday at LYIT.The Magh Ene College team hard at work on Wednesday at the LYIT Enterprise day.The team from Ga8irmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore with their teacher, Lisa Brennan.Fionan Bradley (Teacher) with pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day at LYIT on Wednesdy.(jmac.ie)Pupils from Crana College with their teacher, Ms Aine Gallagher at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Carndonagh Community College at the Donegal ETB event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Moville Community College at the Enterprise Day at LYIT on Wednesday.The teams hard at work on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise day at LYIT.Coláiste Ailigh win Donegal ETB’s 2019 Enterprise Day – Pic Special was last modified: October 22nd, 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)Tags:Donegal ETBDonegal ETB Enterprise Daylast_img read more

Liverpool legend: Sterling has shown the club respect

first_imgLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler has hailed Raheem Sterling for his attitude since breaking into the first team at Anfield.The 18-year-old from Harlesden is close to signing a new contract and despite speculation about his future has continually indicated that he wants to stay at the club.And Fowler told the Daily Mirror: “It’s so easy these days for kids to believe their own publicity.“But I watch Raheem and I can see he has respect for the team and for the senior players around him.“And his decision-making is good – he doesn’t just want to beat players and then shoot to get personal glory.“I think the manager has to take some credit in that development. He’s still a kid and got a long way to go – he needs to improve his final ball.“But Brendan Rodgers has already proved himself as a coach at the top level, and he’s in the right hands.”See also: Sterling set to sign new contractSterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Institutional Science as a Leftist Cabal

first_imgSomething strange happens in scientific journals and reports.  Whenever they talk politics, it is almost always from a leftist point of view.  Why is that?  Did they arrive at that position by the scientific method?  Is there something about the need for government funding that drives institutions to a leftist position?  Whatever the reason, it’s not hard to find evidence that the secular science media have a pronounced blue streak.    Nature is a prime example.  It’s latest Editorial decries “hyper-partisan fighting” but worries about what a Republican victory in Congress will mean for science.1  The editorial advocates the president’s health-care bill, cap and trade, and embryonic stem cell research – all leftist agenda items unpopular with the majority – and blames Republicans for obstruction of progress: e.g., “The current Congress has failed to pass cap-and-trade legislation designed to limit US greenhouse-gas emissions, thanks chiefly to strong Republican opposition.”  No Democrats were blamed for the political “poison.”  Democrats were not even named, while Republicans were mentioned three times, always in a negative light.    Nature also publishes letters to the editor designed to make conservatives look bad.  In the latest issue, Richard Kool [Royal Roads U, British Columbia] claimed that science is a “threat to the far-right fringe.”2  He said, “The scorn of the US far-right ‘Tea Party’ fringe for science, particularly relating to sustainability, climate change and biodiversity, stems from a perceived threat to its idealized views of how the world should be.”  By implication, leftists have no idealized views of how the world should be.  He mentioned Climategate only to smear the conservatives who pointed it out, claiming they used the scandal to “discredit science as a method for understanding the world.”  Compare this with a BBC News story about reforms taking place at the IPCC in the wake of the scandal.    A news story in Nature evaluated the effect the Tea Party movement may have on science funding.  Ivan Semenjuk mentioned “It is difficult to predict how all this will affect scientists and the government agencies that fund them,” and worried about conservative candidates coming to Washington who “are less committed to funding science research and education, and who lack ‘the general science and technology savvy’ to make informed decisions.”  By implication, only leftists and Democrats have scientific savvy and are informed.  Note the contrast: “In the current Democrat-controlled Congress, science was given plenty of attention in spite of the economic crisis.”    Three other news articles in the same issue of Nature depicted Republicans as obstructionists.  Jeff Tollefson, for instance, ended his article with quotes from Paul Bledsoe, whom he called a centrist: “Climate-science denial is a by-product of extreme partisanship and a kind of reactionary mode among conservatives, and I expect that this will wane,” he said.  “But if large parts of the Republican Party begin to deny consensus science, then the climate community will have to confront them about it.”4.  Similarly, Heidi Ledford portrayed Republicans as attackers of health-care research,5 standing in the way of the president’s health-care bill, which was actually strongly opposed by almost two thirds of American voters, and succeeded only with back-room deals and presidential arm-twisting last March even though Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.  And Emily Waltz reported about unhappy scientists who are upset that Barack Obama, ranked the farthest-to-the-left Senator before he was elected President, who “promised a new era of integrity and openness for American science” after the election, has not worked faster to undo former President George W. Bush’s policies.6    In each of these articles, “science” was presented as a unilateral consensus in favor of policies that many Americans, particularly conservatives, consider leftist, costly, of doubtful scientific credibility, or even immoral (in the case of embryonic stem cell research; see 01/31/2009, 09/26/2010).  But that’s just Nature.  Do other science publications follow this leftist political line?  New Scientist gave unrestrained print space to Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science.  Mooney now claims that the “Tea Party [is] luring US into adventures in irrationality” (cf. 02/27/2010 commentary).  And why is that?  Because many of them doubt the consensus about man-made global warming (cf. 05/25/2010).  This was enough for Mooney to launch into tirades about “patriotic extremism,” disdain for science, anti-intellectualism, paranoia, and “conspiratorial fantasy” among conservatives, even though the Tea Party includes Democrats and independents fed up with big government.  The BBC News reported that scientists are calling for “defence cuts” in order to fund scientific research.    It would be hard to find any pro-Republican, pro-conservative science article in the secular news media.  Pro-conservative views tend to be aired only on sites that question Darwinian evolution, such as the intelligent design blog Evolution News & Views.  This clear lopsidedness in reporting indicates that there is something fundamental about world views which either embrace or criticize evolution that bleeds over into other subjects, like political philosophy, economics, and morality (07/23/2010).  Another factor may be whether the spokesperson is on the giving or receiving end of the public dole (05/18/2009).    A prominent fellow of the American Physical Society, Harold Lewis, illustrates something of the tension between the individual scientist and the scientific institutions.  Lewis wrote an indignant letter explaining why he was resigning after 67 years (see IPCC).  He felt that fund-grubbing had corrupted the society and its scientific practice so thoroughly that the APS no longer represented him or its original values.  Describing the society’s response to the Climategate affair, “the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist” Lewis deplored the pompous airs of the leadership, “as if the APS were master of the universe,” he complained.  “It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is.  This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.”  The APS responded denying the allegations; however, Lewis’s long tenure with the APS and impressive list of credentials cannot be easily dismissed.  Long-time TV meteorologist Anthony Watts dissected the APS response and documented contradictions with a number of its claims to openness, integrity, and scientific rigor.1.  Editorial, “Politics without the poison,” Nature 467, p. 751, 14 October 2010, doi:10.1038/467751a.2.  Richard Kool, “Science as a threat to far-right fringe,” Letters to the Editor, Nature 467, p. 788, 14 October 2010, doi:10.1038/467788d.3.  Ivan Semenjuk, “News: US midterm elections: Volatile forces shape US vote,” Nature 467, 759-760 (published online 13 October 2010), doi:10.1038/467759a.4.  Jeff Tollefson, “News: US midterm elections: A chilly season for climate crusaders,” Nature 467, p. 762 (published online 13 October 2010), doi:10.1038/467762a.5.  Heidi Ledford, “News: US midterm elections: Opponents battle health-care research,” Nature 467, p. 763, (published online 13 October 2010), doi:10.1038/467763b.6.  Emily Waltz, “News Feature: Science & politics: Speaking out about science,” Nature 467, pp. 768-770 (published online 13 October 2010), doi:10.1038/467768a.Readers are encouraged to find examples that contradict the claim that pro-Darwin, secular science writers in the mainstream media and scientific institutions are predominantly leftist.  There are sure to be some, but the leftist slant is, in our experience, so predictable that exceptions prove the rule (see 05/13/2010).    So is the left really “pro-science” and the right “anti-science”?  Hopefully our graduates of Baloney Detecting University are more skilled than to accept such false dichotomies, and our graduates of the history of science know better.  Define science.  Separate science as a concept from scientific institutions (06/25/2010).  The latter often have soiled hands, being dependent either directly or indirectly on the public dole.  Any institution that must fight for its survival on keeping government money flowing will necessarily promote big government and higher taxes – hallmarks of the left.  Consequently they will try to portray science in terms of consensus, a monolithic entity composed of all those who stand to gain from public funding of their pet projects (cf. 09/15/2010).  We speak here of the leadership, publicity and lobbying arms of such institutions; at any given institution there is undoubtedly a mix of liberals and conservatives at work.    The arrogance of some of these people is astounding.  They act like they own public money, that they are entitled to it.  How would they like it if other citizens of this country – say Tea Party members – walked into their houses and demanded tribute, claiming it was owed to them?  Public money is a limited commodity.  It needs to be collected and spent wisely by a representative government according to well thought out priorities.  The case needs to be made every year for why certain projects deserve funding, and these projects must have an understandable link to public interest.  Numerous commentators write about wasteful spending on science (example at Wall Street Journal).  Do we want $100,000 of taxpayer money going to UC Irvine scientists to study how US and Chinese students play World of Warcraft? (see Orange County Register).  Some will remember former Senator Proxmire’s “Golden Fleece Awards” for wasteful spending.  SETI was a winner back in the 1980s.  Its proponents have had to survive on private funds ever since, though NASA pulled in millions for Astrobiology with the Martian Meteorite “useful lie” back in the 1990s (see 01/07/2005 commentary).    Many worthwhile science projects, such as space exploration and cancer research, cannot be done by citizen scientists or private enterprise.  Large research labs and universities will of necessity need foundation grants or government funds (but look how entrepreneurs are making inroads into space flight).  Those paying the bill, whether the US government or foundations, have the right to decide what projects are in their interest.  Oversight and scrutiny over spending should be valued, because hubris leads to fraud and abuse, which ultimately damages the reputations of scientific institutions.  What if whistleblowers had not found the errors in Climategate?  Contrary to what Chris Mooney thinks, he should welcome the input of conservatives as a necessary check on power.  Scientists, after all, are only human (02/17/2010).(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more