first_imgThe Argentine also spoke of the improvement of the striker, former Racing. “It has improved a lot in the last year, also thanks to the work of Conte. When I played in Argentina and negotiated with Diego Milito, I remember how much we believed in him from the beginning“Another of the players the Pupi talked about was from Icardi, on loan at PSG: “I do not know what will happen. We have not talked about the market for now. With the problem we are experiencing, the most important thing is health. Then we will have time to think about all these things.” Javier Zanetti, vice president of Inter, gave an interview to ESPN in which he revealed the club’s intentions in negotiating with Barça about the Lautaro Martínez affair: “I see him happy at Inter, he identifies with the club. The Barcelona? I see his future in ‘nerazurro’“last_img read more

first_imgZeelugt beating/killingFour days after a Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), resident was badly beaten and later succumbed to his injuries, three men were slapped with the capital offence of murder on Wednesday and taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The three accused after their Court appearance on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsArnold Bruce Kennedy, 19, of Lot 847 Zeelugt, EBE, Tavish Mangra, 19, of Lot 858 Zeelugt, EBE, and Richie Mahase, 26, of Lot 68 Zeelugt, EBE, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge alleged that on July 18, 2019 at Zeelugt, EBE, they murdered Alvin, also called “Chuckoloo”.Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the Court that on July 18, Alvin and the three accused, who are known to each other, had a misunderstanding and got into a heated argument. The Prosecutor told the Court that the trio armed themselves with cutlasses and dealt Alvin several chops about his body. The injured man was picked up by public-spirited persons and rushed in an unconscious state to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Prosecutor Mansfield further indicted to the Court that the Police file is complete, but he is still awaiting the post-mortem results.The three men were remanded to prison and their next Court appearance is slated for August 6 at the Leonora Magistrates’ Courts.Alvin, also called “Chockoloo”, of Lot 820 G Zeelugt North, EBE, along with his brother, Devendra, had visited a relative’s home located in the same village and were reported to have been imbibing alcohol when a short while afterwards, residents in the area said that they heard a loud commotion and rushed to investigate. A resident said that he noticed that three men armed with instruments were beating Devendra, who is presently at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) battling for his life.The other brother, Alvin, was discovered in a motionless state a short distance away from his injured brother with multiple wounds about his body.last_img read more

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelThere is an apparent rift in the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency in East Berbice, with some members complaining bitterly that contracts totalling approximately $120 million have been awarded to six AFC-affiliated contractors without first passing through the tendering process.This issue was brought to the fore by longstanding contractors in the region, who are also supporters of the AFC but are being sidelined in favour of other party members who recently became involved in the construction industry.In one of the most recent practices in the region by supporters of the minority party in the Coalition Government, it was pointed out that some of these new contractors are even using paid Government workers.Guyana Times was told that the contract to clean the road shoulders in the region has been given to eight contractors, six of whom are AFC supporters.In a matter that was recently before a Corentyne court, the defendant had told the magistrate that he was employed with Derrick Basdeo to weed the road. Basdeo is the National Executive for the AFC Diaspora, and runs DeMoxReality Estate Construction. That company was awarded one of the eight weeding contracts.Quad Construction, which is run by Joseph Baichu, was given another contract. Baichu is also an executive of the AFC in Berbice.Another executive of the AFC is Gladwin Abdulla, whose company has also been awarded one of the contracts. Khousal Goberton, who is an AFC Regional Councillor, has also been awarded one of the contracts; while another one has gone to Subas Orilall, who is the AFC Chairman in Region Six.Last year, a total of 15 contractors were awarded contracts; this year, six contractors were awarded contracts. The contracts are worth $15 million each. Reports reaching this newspaper indicate that two of the six contractors were given two contracts each.Further, there are also reports that both ministers in the Public Infrastructure Ministry, David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, are aware of the situation. A ministerial advisor’s son is also one of the contractors.The issue of contracts being awarded without tendering, and to contractors who did not exist before, was recently raised at the Region Six RDC meeting.On Saturday, Guyana Times contacted Region Chairman David Armogan on the matter. He commented thus, “People were selected on the basis of their political affiliation, and this is cause for great worry for us in this region.“When we ask the relevant agency, which is the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, for the information on how these people were selected, nobody wants to come forward with any information with regard to this particular contract.”The Regional Chairman disclosed that about eighty per cent of the contractors are active members of the AFC party.“Which means that they were selected based on their affiliation to that part,” he posited.According to the Chairman, he has also received complaints from other ACF members who are contractors and who have done work for the regional administration in the past. They are complaining that they were not invited to submit tenders for the contracts.“This is what is worrying, because there was no public tendering process done. These people, as far as we know, were selected, and they have never been contractors before,” the Regional Chairman asserted.Armogan went on to say that apart from the transaction being corrupt, the handing out of contracts to AFC allies has angered other party members who are sympathetic to the AFC but are not friends of those in the hierarchy.Meanwhile, there are also reports that some of the contractors are using the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE) workers to remove the grass that was weeded and left there.While the current contracts are not being made available, similar contracts in the past stipulated that the contractor “cut and remove” the grass.Armogan has noted that the CORE workers are already being paid $60,000 monthly by the Government.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, who is also an AFC supporter, views the situation as corruption, and has indicated that he has since penned a letter to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Harbhajan said he is in receipt of pictorial evidence that some of the CORE workers are being used and are being paid by the Government to execute a private contract. He is calling for the contracts to be taken away.According to the Prime Minister’s Representative, the perception both locally and internationally is that Berbice is a breeding ground for corruption.“We can prove them wrong by doing things the right way. If this contract was awarded as a result of favouritism, and it was not done the right way, then I think that the Ministry should look at it and recall it,” he posited.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling after the racism row that marred Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 11 – Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City star Raheem Sterling for refusing to be intimidated by the menace of racism in football.Sterling endured alleged racial abuse from a Chelsea fan during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The 24-year-old was targeted by the supporter while he was standing near fans on the touchline.Sterling appeared to laugh off the shocking incident at the time, but the abuse has drawn widespread condemnation amid fears the sport is being dragged back to the dark ages of the 1970s and 1980s when racism was rife.The England winger later accused the media of fuelling racism in the way it reports certain stories about black players.And former England assistant coach Gary Neville revealed this week that Sterling complained during Euro 2016 of constant criticism from fans that carried racist undertones.Speaking for the first time since the Chelsea incident, City manager Guardiola backed Sterling and hailed his decision to speak out on the controversy.“I was concerned with what happened but he made a statement on Instagram and was quite clear about his thoughts,” Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.“He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being.“It’s tough in the 21st century to still be in this position, to have problems with diversity. We have to be better, everyone.”Guardiola believes racism is a deep problem in society, not just football, and insisted more must be done to combat it.“It’s everywhere, racism is everywhere. People focus on football but it’s not just in football. You’d think in football we’d be safe but racism is everywhere,” he said.“What happens today – how we treat immigrants and refugees, when once in our lives our grandfathers were refugees. It’s everywhere. That’s why we have to fight every day.“We have to fight for human rights to make a better society for the future. Today it’s dangerous, not just in England, all across Europe.“The message for the politicians is for them to be tough on human rights and we have to defend democracy in the best way.”– Real power –Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola also pointed out the media has a crucial role to play in keeping racism in check.“Today the real power is the media, not politicians, not the governments. It’s the media,” he said.The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the Stamford Bridge incident, while Chelsea have suspended four supporters.“I appreciate what Chelsea did,” Guardiola said. “If it happened in my club we should do the same.”Guardiola, whose side host Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Wednesday, made it clear comments about players should restricted to performances on the field rather than straying into foul abuse.“Hopefully the criticism is when he plays s***, he plays bad. That would be perfect. Everyone is exposed to that – the managers, the players, everyone around the world,” he said.“But just for the colour of his skin? Believe me, that’s ridiculous and that’s why everyone has to protect from that situation.”Sterling’s team-mate Leroy Sane also believes the former Liverpool player has shown great dignity in dealing with the abuse.“I think it’s sad this happens still. We all support Raheem and are on his side,” Sane said.“He is a strong guy, a good guy. He can handle it and he is not letting it get him down.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye speaking to Capital Sports in Kampala, Uganda on December 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 16 – CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has hinted they are planning to organize a tournament in Somalia, probably an Under-20 Championship in 2021 as they look to use football to unite the war-torn country.Somalia has been one of the star attractions at the 2019 Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, where thousands of their community living in Uganda have come in their droves to the Lugogo Complex to cheer the team on. Musonye believes that with football, the political strife that has torn the country apart over the last few decades can calm down and peace can be restored.“Football is biggest weapon that can unite people. When you look at the Somalia team they are here playing as one unit and you cannot know the country has problems. With football nothing can go wrong.”Somalia players celebrate after beating Burundi 1-0 at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 13, 2019 to revive their hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are even planning to put up competition in Somalia in 2021, most likely Under 20 and you will see the stadia in Somalia will be full more than here, Somalia believe football can hold them together,” the seasoned football administrator stated.Somalia head coach Bashir Hayford, speaking separately to Capital Sports says that he believes football can indeed unite the nation and he hopes the political powers can play their role to see to it that calm is restored in the country and football is played without fear.Musonye says that CECAFA has previously taken the game into areas that were feared to be less peaceful and the presence of football brought a lot of calm.“We have used football before as a bridge for peace. In Rwanda football was the pivot of strength, in Burundi as well we used football to bring people back. We are trying to do the same in Somalia,” he noted.In 2013, CECAFA took the Kagame Cup to Sudan at a time when there were worries about the stability of the area with some clubs pulling out. However, the tournament went on without hitch.Meanwhile, he says he has been impressed with the level of competition at this year’s Senior Challenge showpiece, citing the performances of Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti to note that football in the region has improved.“I am happy with the competition so far and we have seen some very good football. The Somalia we see here today is not the Somalia of two years ago. Eritrea and Djibouti have also improved very much and the development is showing,” Musonye said.Djibouti striker Mahdi Houssein tries to go past Somalia’s Liban Abdiaziz and Ali Mohammed during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Group A opener at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “People who criticize CECAFA, let them come to the ground and see. They say Musonye has killed CECAFA but let them come and see on the ground how the games are and how competitive teams are,”“You look at all these matches and you see there is a lot of development and improvement in our zone. Soon we shall have some of the best teams competing in Africa from the region. This is what we have been trying to do; improve our football,” he further stated.Musonye is also confident that the CECAFA region will be well represented during the 2021 African Cup of Nations, just like in 2019 when the region had Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi all qualifying.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgAmerican military deaths peaked in May with 126 troops killed. It was then that the U.S. began ramping up its attacks against insurgent strongholds, leading to increased clashes in Baghdad and other key areas across central Iraq. Seven months on, commanders and analysts say America’s aggressive strategy of targeting al-Qaida in Iraq strongholds is paying off: U.S. casualties have dropped sharply. As of Sunday night in Baghdad, 21 deaths were reported in December, one more than in February 2004, which was the lowest monthly total of the war. The 899 deaths in 2007 surpassed the previously highest death toll in 2004, when 850 U.S. soldiers were killed. The total for 2007 could rise slightly; occasionally the military reports new casualties a few days after they occur. The military reported the noncombat-related death of a soldier on Sunday. At least 3,902 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war. Of those, at least 3,175 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. Iraqi civilian deaths have tracked that decline and overall violence across the country is down roughly 60 percent, American commanders say. Since the influx of some 30,000 U.S. troops that began in June, the lessening violence has meant that new problems have emerged. “There certainly are ample challenges out there in the new year. In some respects, the positive developments in the latter half of 2007 also represent the challenges of 2008,” U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said during a recent briefing. An example, Crocker said, is how the improving security situation is in part luring back Iraqis who took refugee in neighboring Syria, Jordan and elsewhere. “The return of refugees – a good thing obviously, but a process is going to have to be carefully managed so that it doesn’t sow the seeds of new tension and instability,” he said. Along with the increase in American troops, Iraq’s lessening violence has been attributed to a self-imposed freeze on activities by the Mahdi Army – the militia of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Another important change was the quick growth of mostly Sunni anti-al-Qaida in Iraq groups, or “awakening councils,” who once fought against U.S. and Iraqi forces but now point their guns toward the insurgents. Of the more than 70,000 fighters in the awakening councils, only 20 percent are expected to be absorbed into the Iraqi security forces. The rest are to receive job training through a joint $300 million program Iraqi and American officials are creating. That program is in its beginning stages and there are few details about how it will be carried out, but analysts say it must succeed or the Sunni fighters who do not join Iraq’s military may sell their services to the insurgents. On Saturday, a new audiotape by Osama bin Laden warned Iraqi Sunnis against fighting al-Qaida, saying “the most evil of the traitors are those who trade away their religion for the sake of their mortal life.” Keeping the militia of al-Sadr and other powerful Shiite leaders on the sidelines also means keeping Iran to its promise to halt the flow of weapons and training to them, officials say. “How lasting a phenomenon that will be and how Iran will define and play its role in Iraq in 2008 I think is going to be very important to the long-term future of the country,” Crocker said. Iraqi civilian deaths also peaked in May with 2,155 killed. That fell to 718 in November and 710 in December. For the year, 18,610 Iraqis were killed. In 2006, the only other full year an AP count has been tallied, 13,813 civilians were killed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – The second half of 2007 saw violence drop dramatically in Iraq, but the progress came at a high price: The year was the deadliest for the U.S. military since the 2003 invasion, with 899 troops killed. American commanders and diplomats, however, say the battlefield gains against insurgents such as al-Qaida in Iraq offer only a partial picture of where the country stands as the war moves toward its five-year mark in March. Two critical shifts that boosted U.S.-led forces in 2007 – a self-imposed cease-fire by a main Shiite militia and a grass-roots Sunni revolt against extremists – could still unravel unless serious unity efforts are made by the Iraqi government. Iran also remains a major wild card. U.S. officials believe the neighboring country has helped quiet Iraq by reducing its flow of suspected aid to Shiite fighters, including materials needed for deadly roadside bombs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBut Iran’s apparent hands-off policies could come under strain as Shiite factions – some favoring Iran, others not – battle for control of Iraq’s oil-rich south. The Pentagon, meanwhile, will increasingly look to the uneven Iraqi security forces to carry the load in 2008 as demands for an American exit strategy grow sharper during the U.S. election year. Britain, the main U.S. coalition partner in Iraq, is gradually drawing down its forces and other allies, including Poland and Australia, are contemplating full-scale withdrawals in the coming year. “We’re focusing our energy on building on what coalition and Iraqi troopers have accomplished in 2007,” Gen. David Petraeus told a group of Western journalists on Saturday. “Success will not, however, be akin to flipping on a light switch. It will emerge slowly and fitfully, with reverses as well as advances, accumulating fewer bad days and gradually more good days.” That arc of progress played out in the raw statistics of U.S. and Iraqi casualties. last_img read more

first_imgNEWHALL – A Metrolink train hit and killed a young couple Thursday afternoon as the pair walked along the tracks in Newhall. A note written in Spanish was found near the bodies of the 19- and 20-year-olds, but sheriff’s deputies, awaiting a translation, were uncertain if it belonged to the pair. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who saw a man and a woman on the siding reported it about 3:30 p.m. “We have no eyewitnesses and no information as to why they were on the tracks or for how long,” Deputy Tony Arnold said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventInvestigators cordoned off the area, focusing their attention on a stretch of track, photographing items found on the ground near the ties and taking videotape of the scene. The estimated point of impact was near several signs warning of the dangers of walking near tracks. The incident was near San Fernando Road at 15th Street in Newhall, a straight-away along the rail. Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said that trains run as fast as 80 mph, although she didn’t immediately know how fast this one was traveling. Sheriff’s homicide detectives will investigate. Metrolink has taken a hard stand against “trespassers” on its tracks, Tyrrell said. “If we’d have caught them, we would have busted both of them,” she said. “At minimum, it’s a big ticket – $300 – or we could actually arrest them if it’s a second offense. “We’re not kidding around, and this is why. Here we have two young people who aren’t going home tonight, who aren’t going home any night.” Tyrrell said people who use rail tracks as walkways hold two misconceptions – that they’ll feel a vibration as a train approaches, or they will hear it. Neither is true. “You cannot feel the vibration and if the wind is blowing or they have an iPod or they’re talking on the phone, a train can come up on them.” Just 10 passengers were aboard the Santa Clarita-to-Union Station train and none was injured, Tyrrell said. The Antelope Valley line that runs from Lancaster to Los Angeles with stops in Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley, Burbank and Glendale, was shut down for about two hours until the investigation was complete. Passengers were taken by bus to the next train stop. The engineer saw the train hit “something” and will be counseled, Tyrrell said. “But there is no amount of counseling that can remove that trauma. You’re going to be scarred.” Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp surveyed the situation, wondering if more could be done to warn people away from railroad tracks. “I’m here to see if there’s anything we can learn from this so it doesn’t happen again,” Pulskamp said. “That’s why we have all of this – the noise, the bells. It’s so tragic.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want 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

first_imgLeft to right: Anne Marie O’Donnell, Ernan O’Donnell, Cheryl Quinn, Seamus McEllwee.MORE THAN 3,000 objections have been lodged to Donegal County Council over its policies on wind farms.With another massive wind farm planned for the beautiful Barnesmore area – and an election in two weeks – campaigners say people need to fight the plans now.The public were asked for their views on two motions promoted by the Glenties Wind Farm Information Group to place turbines ten times their tip height away from residential homes and centres of public gathering and, also, to remove the six river catchment areas in the county with the fresh water pearl mussel from their current zoning as being preferred for wind energy. GWiG had shepherded these motions through Council for over six months last year with all of the elected councillors unanimously approving the said motions be sent out to public consultation at their January meeting.The Council had then appended a third part to the motion whereby Council sought to “refine” the Zone of Visual Influence of Glenveagh National Park.Members of GWiG marked the end of the public consultation process on Friday by delivering to the Council in excess of 2,600 individual submissions from all over the County voicing overwhelming public support for the twin proposals initiated by the Group, and equal rejection of Council’s proposal to “refine” the Zone of Visual Influence of Glenveagh National Park.This number, 2,600, will be further augmented by the Group’s on line submission facility, the Group members’ personal submissions, and by further postal and email submissions from other members of the public. It is estimated that an overall number in excess of 3,000 will be the final figure for submissions. Mr Ernan O’Donnell Chairman said that he and the group were amazed by the scale of the support in the County for this initiative and throughout their publicity campaign they had received emails and phone calls from all over the country and abroad from people who had visited Donegal and were concerned for the safeguarding of its environment.“Initially we directed people to send their submissions directly to the Council,” he said.“But it soon became apparent through contact with other concerned community groups, that the most efficient means of ensuring that people got their submissions to the Council was for us to organise collection and delivery, which we are doing here today”.Mr. O’Donnell went on to say that he was grateful for the support of the three councillors, Councillor John Campbell, Councillor Marie Therese Gallagher and Councillor Séamus O’Domhnaill , all of whom had been unflinching in their support for the group’s efforts on this important amendment from the beginning, and had helped greatly in steering these proposals through the arduous Council process. He added that the Group wished to take this opportunity to also thank those candidates in the forthcoming local election who have given written pledges of support.“The number of submissions from all over the County in support of our motions demonstrates the depth of feeling around this issue in County Donegal and I am calling on all candidates in the upcoming local elections to come out now and state their position on this. It is the least they owe to the electorate whom they are asking to appoint them as their representatives for the next five years. We also expect the County’s Executive in the Council to take heed of what has been said in these submissions and to help ensure that these amendments are passed in July next when they are to be voted on by the newly elected Council”. MASSIVE ‘NO’ TO WIND FARMS AS 3,000 OBJECTIONS LODGED WITH COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: May 11th, 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:Donegal County CouncilGlentiesGWIGwind farmslast_img read more

first_imgEureka >> It was a perfect start to the North Coast Section football playoffs for the Humboldt-Del Norte League.And now with another team entering the fray, the quintet of local squads have one thing on their minds.A spot in their respective division’s semifinals.A perfect four wins in four opportunities last week — all of which coming within Humboldt County lines — means that all five of the H-DN teams participating in the NCS playoffs are playing for a spot in their respective division’s …last_img read more

first_imgIs there any logical or empirical reason why science journals and secular reporters should always take the pro-abortion position?Pardon, Big Science, your bias is showing. When it comes to abortion and other ethical controversies, secular journals and science editors almost always throw in their lot with the leftist, progressive, liberal crowd who chant for abortion on demand, unlimited access to embryonic stem cells, funding for Planned Parenthood, and other Democrat Party platform positions. Why is that? Don’t they realize they themselves could have been aborted? Do they have any scientific evidence that an unborn baby is not a person? No. The bias is clear; any restrictions on abortion are viewed as bad. Any limits on access to human embryos and fetal tissue are presented as a step “backward” for society. Here are some examples.One-Sided Coverage on AbortionLawsuits challenge abortion restrictions in 3 states (Medical Xpress). David Crary’s story from Nov. 30 opens with a photo of a crowd of pro-abortion protestors holding signs that stay “Stand with Planned Parenthood.” His first sentence sets the tone: “Taking the offensive after Election Day setbacks, Planned Parenthood and its allies filed lawsuits Wednesday in North Carolina, Missouri and Alaska challenging laws that they view as unconstitutional restrictions on abortion.” Setbacks? Some people see them as overdue correctives. Does Crary provide any balance? Lower down one finds the only mention of “pro-life” – “They realize the sense of urgency to head to the courts now knowing that the judicial landscape will change under a pro-life President Trump.”Denying Abortion Access May Harm Women’s Mental Health (Live Science). Reporter Agata Blaszczak-Boxe displays bias right in the headline. Her concern is only about the “mental health” of the woman, an extremely subjective measure. She shows absolutely no interest in the mental health, physical health, or “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of the child, or the pain it feels as it is ripped apart or burned alive in saline solution. The reporter’s interest only concerns the woman’s feelings. “The new results show that denying women an abortion may have more negative effects on their mental health than allowing women to get the abortion,” she writes, quoting a “study” about it. She tries to equate abortion with science, even: “The findings also suggest that doctors should provide women who are considering an abortion with the most accurate scientific information to help them make decisions related to their pregnancies, the researchers said.” Why could not the “most accurate scientific information” show ultrasound of the baby with a beating heart, emotional expressions, responding to its mother, and other indications of personhood? Another story on Medical Xpress illustrates the same bias, concerned only with the “negative psychological outcomes” of those who have been “denied” abortion. Now watch Gianna Jessen, survivor of a saline abortion, talk about the arrogance of those who ‘determine that the stronger should dominate the weaker, and should determine who lives or dies.” She may have disabilities because of her experience surviving premeditated murder by an abortionist, but her passion for life speaks volumes about the worth of a human being.Ohio pulls license of 1 of state’s last few abortion clinics (Medical Xpress). Julie Carr Smyth writes, “Ohio has revoked the operating license of one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics on the grounds that it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies.” This article at least quotes some pro-life spokespersons, but quickly quotes a NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) spokeswoman asserting, “We will not let politics get in the way of health care.” Health care? No health care for the baby (see loaded words: euphemism in the Baloney Detector). Politics? The unborn baby didn’t get a vote. Smyth further portrays “anti-abortion” groups as if they are engaged in underhanded tactics to restrict abortion. Once again, she shows absolutely no interest in the rights of the unborn child.Human Embryos as Science ToysIt’s time to relax the rules on growing human embryos in the lab (New Scientist). Ask yourself if Sam Wong’s quote of a researcher provides sufficient justification for dissecting a human embryo: “It’s one of the most critical phases of our early development and we don’t know anything about it.” Sure, science wants to know. But try that reasoning on killing a child right after it is born – or even an adult human, for that matter, because science wants to learn more. Try this quote: “We shouldn’t think that somehow 14 days was a line at which Parliament had previously decided the embryo was sacrosanct.” Isn’t Sam Wong admitting that anything after fertilization is arbitrary? Sacrosanct means sacred, untouchable.It might be too soon to shift the 14-day line, but it’s worth beginning the conversation, says Rossant. “There are lots of inputs that need to be considered, ethical, legal, societal, as well as the scientific.”Clearly, some scientists are eager to cut up human embryos. Let’s review the reasons: (1) they don’t know much about them, (2) the date is arbitrary, so what can we get away with? and (3) adult humans (including scientists) are the bestowers of rights, because an embryo has no inherent personhood until we bestow it. “This is not a decision for scientists,” says Brivanlou. “It’s a decision we must make as humans.” Sounds good, but it leaves out any thought of a Creator’s will. Thomas Jefferson famously said (speaking for all the American founding fathers) that we are “endowed by our Creator” with rights, including life.Mexico proposal to ban human-embryo research would stifle science (Nature). Reporter Sara Reardon equates cutting up human embryos with “science.” That’s why Nature‘s editors allow her to decry any kind of “ban” (a loaded word) on unrestricted access to human embryos. “They want to eliminate an entire area of research in Mexico.” Oh, those poor scientists! That’s the implication. Try that rationale on Nazi experiments. Astonishingly, Reardon finds “Human-rights groups have joined scientists in opposing the proposed amendment,” leading pro-lifers to shake their heads in disbelief. Human-rights groups?Researchers turn back the clock on human embryonic stem cells (Phys.org). Here’s another example of fear-mongering in the biased media. Any ethical restriction on the freedom of scientists to use human embryos as research toys is called an effort to “turn back the clock.” Yes, let us all make progress toward the death of personhood! But why even play with ESC’s (embryonic stem cells) when adult cells can be induced back to stemness, providing a resource without the ethical qualms? Scientists try to make arguments that ESC’s are somehow better. Other reports, though, have indicated that is not the case (e.g., 6/12/16).Science and PersonhoodPopular animations of human reproduction show embryos undergoing a seamless transition from zygote to baby, clearly an irreversible process set in motion at conception with the goal of bringing another human being into the world. Live Science reports that soon it may be possible to give the mother crystal-clear 3-D images of the baby in her womb. Is Taylor Kubota glad that this may provide more reasons not to abort? Not entirely; “Aside from its potential to give parents an extra-special sneak peek at their bundle of joy, this imaging technology could provide new options for evaluating the health and development of a fetus, the researchers said.” What happens if a health problem is found in the womb? If you want to know what Big Science thinks about that eventuality, connect the dots with the previous stories. Notice the word fetus instead of baby, a common euphemism in Big Science reporting.2017 list of emerging ethical dilemmas and policy issues in science and technology (Phys.org). For those interested in the mindset of science in the new year, the University of Notre Dame lists ten points where scientists are set to clash with ethicists and policy makers. For more in the fallibility of scientists, see Darren Curnoe’s admission on The Conversation, where he calls the classification of humans into separate races “The biggest mistake in the history of science.” Historians know, regretfully, that many leading scientists, many of a Darwinian stripe, lent pseudo-scientific support to “scientific racism” and eugenics that shamed the reputation of science for a century. Have today’s scientists learned their lesson? Don’t count on it. It’s not difficult to imagine future historians looking back and wagging their heads at some of today’s “scientific consensus” positions.As we have been showing recently, Big Science has corrupted itself. Its institutions, universities, labs, and science media act as special interest groups for the Democrat Party and other leftist progressive secularist liberal pressure groups. Nowhere is that more evident than in the issue of right to life. Where do they report scientific evidence that a human “fetus” or “embryo” is a person? They always downplay the personhood of the unborn, focusing exclusively on the so-called “rights” of the mother to kill her child for any reason, even if she just feels uncomfortable. Please watch Gianna Jessen‘s testimony to see the horror their worldview has produced. It’s a modern-day holocaust, blessed by Big Science!Our concern is not the politics, or the very real issues pregnant mothers feel, which deserve compassion and care. Our concern is to show that science has abandoned any claim to objectivity, except in the realms where worldview and ethics are minimal (e.g., how many moles of solid precipitate out of solution when two liquids are mixed in a test tube). You cannot understand today’s lofty pronouncements about evolution, climate change or “reproductive health” coming from Big Science without recognizing this corruption. Look at them the same way you look at labor unions, lawyers, and mainstream media. Most of their institutions have gone so far left they are wacko if not dangerous. Big Science is not objective. Scientists are capable of much good, but must be reined in by righteous citizens wielding informed logic and evidence when their institutions unmask their political biases. Feyerabend, C.S. Lewis and other thinkers warned about the dangers of out-of-control scientists. Keep Mad Scientists under control or you could have Frankensteins on the loose. 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