PBA D-League: Letran recovers, routs McDavid

January 18, 2020

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first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We relaxed but we’ll learn from games like these,” he said.Dahrrell Caranguian scored 15 points and was the lone bright spot for McDavid, which dropped its third straight game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Letran regained control in the final frame thanks to a 10-0 burst as McDavid never threatened again.“It’s a good win for a young team against a veteran team,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan. “Again, we’re here to learn and to get experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJeo Ambohot had a near double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds while Jerrick Balanza collected 12 points, four assists and two steals for Letran (2-1).Tan said the Knights let their guards down after pulling away in the second period. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESPetron-Letran recovered after blowing a big lead to beat McDavid, 89-64, in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.The Knights squandered a 17-point lead in the second quarter after McDavid fought back and closed within four, 58-54, with 1:16 left in the third period.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rory McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more


Pensioner, daughter robbed on Vlissengen Road

January 12, 2020

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first_imgA 60-year-old pensioner and his 29-year-old daughter are now counting their losses after their Toyota Auris motorcar, parked opposite Survival Supermarket on Vlissengen Road Georgetown, was broken into on Thursday afternoon.The young lady explained to Guyana Times that her father, who was driving, parked and locked the vehicle at the said location at about 17:00hrs, and the duo went shopping at the supermarket.She recalled she had left her handbag containing cash and valuables amounting to in excess of $30,000 in the front passenger seat of the motor car.When the two returned to their vehicle fifteen minutes later, they immediately observed that the front passenger side window had been shattered and the handbag had gone missing.Police, immediately informed, proceeded to inspect the location. This newspaper was told that the CCTV footage nearby displayed a black motorcar with unrecognizable licence plates driving and stopping alongside the pensioner’s vehicle.However, no one exited that car.It is suspected that the perpetrator stretched over from his vehicle, broke the window, and grabbed the handbag, which was in plain sight, before fleeing the scene.Investigations are in progress.last_img read more


Enmore NDC threatens legal action if seized computers not returned

January 12, 2020

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first_imgAttorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, who has been detained by the Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), wrote the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) on Tuesday requesting that the agency return several computer systems that were confiscated last week.It was reported that on Thursday last, a group of agents attached to SARU went down to the Enmore NDC and took away 15 desktop computers and eight backup power packs without informing officials there.However, when contacted that evening, SARU Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Major (Rtd) Aubrey Heath-Retemyer explained to Guyana Times that his agency had merely gone to render assistance to the E-Governance Department, which went to retrieve the computer systems after it was informed by SARU that the NDC wanted to “get rid” of them.“We got information that these computers were there and that they were not in use and that some people on the NDC were about to get rid of them…We simply alerted E-Governance who asked for us to accompany them, so some people went from my unit with E-Governance, collect the computers and give them to E-Governance, who has them,” the SARU Head stated.However, Enmore NDC Vice Chairman Iqbal Dawud in a subsequent statement the following day denied that there was any “such plot”, adding that “nothing clandestine or unlawful was intended”.He went on to explain that the computers, which were the property of the NDC, were outdated and most of them were malfunctioning; as such, a decision was taken by the Council to have the computers sold, if possible, and replaced with a new complement of systems so that the community can continue to benefit from their use.“This decision was made at a public statutory meeting of the NDC and recorded in the minutes. Therefore, there was nothing sinister, secretive or illegal about it as has been suggested by the Government,” Dawud had pointed out.To this end, the NDC retained Attorney Nandlall to act on its behalf in the matter. Nandlall outlined in the legal letter addressed to SARU’s CEO that the actions of the SARU officers were “unlawful”.“I have noted that in the press you have admitted knowledge of and responsibility for this operation and, therefore, I afflict you with knowledge of the current location of these equipment. I am to inform you that the aforesaid actions of your subordinates are not only authoritarian but are unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional and amount to misfeasance in public office,” the Attorney said in the letter.In the circumstances, Nandlall warned that legal action would be taken if SARU failed to return the computer systems to the NDC.“I hereby demand that you return the aforementioned equipment to my client at the location from which they were taken, within seven days from the date hereof; if you fail to do so, my client will be advised to institute legal proceedings against the State and possibly, private criminal charges against each of the officers who were part of the aforementioned unlawful and criminal exercise,” the lawyer detailed in the letter to the SARU Head.Furthermore, Nandlall reminded Heath-Retemyer in the letter of his (Nandlall’s) constant public condemnation of the pretention by SARU officers to be law enforcement officers of the State, pretending to exercise law enforcement powers. This continued masquerade, he said, is utterly unlawful.last_img read more


Masked bandits storm mining camp, relieve miner of cash, gold

January 11, 2020

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first_img– duo nabbed on way to ParikaA 50-year-old miner is now traumatised after two masked bandits armed with cutlasses stormed his mining camp and relieved him of cash and other valuables.However, quick action by the police led to the apprehension of the two suspects, who were attempting to leave the jurisdiction with their loot less than 24 hours after they had committed the crime.The stolen items along with $400,000 cash were also recovered in their possession at the time of their arrests.Based on reports received, the robbery took place at about 23:30h on Friday evening at the Takutu Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).At the time, the miner, Joao Dsostristinto, his cook and a worker, were sound asleep in their mining camp.The two suspects, each with a cutlass, stormed the camp and threatened to kill the miner if he did not hand over the cash he had in the camp, gold and other valuables. After putting up a resistance, the cutlass-wielding bandits bound Dsostristinto and proceed to ransack the camp. The cook and the worker were reportedly in their respective quarters as the men executed the robbery.Dsostristinto reportedly told Police that the masked bandits relieved him of $850,000 cash that he had on his person and then robbed him of two mobile phones.They also collected four bottles of brand name colognes and 14 pennyweights of raw gold before they made good their escape.Shortly after the robbery, the worker and cook employed by Dsostristinto became aware that something was amiss and went to the man’s aid. The miner was then untied and he immediately contacted the police to report the matter.Investigators began their probe and the hunt for the two suspects intensified after they received information that the men were leaving the region.However, on Saturday around 15:00h, a team of policemen who were deployed at the Bartica Ferry Stelling observed two men acting in a suspicious manner as they were on board a vessel destined for Parika, East Bank Essequibo.The duo was taken off the boat and taken to the Bartica Police Station where they were searched, during which the money and other items were discovered.As such, they were arrested and are expected to make their court appearance in the new week.last_img read more


Around Whittier

January 11, 2020

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first_imgThe event will feature free passport pictures and drawings for prizes, including cruises, vacation packages and more. Also, those who purchase a gift membership or add a family member to their membership will receive a free gift. For more information, call (562) 698-3721. Armenian scholar to be honored LA VERNE – Dr. Garbis Der Yeghiayan of La Verne, an internationally renowned scholar, peace advocate and visionary, will be honored for 30 years of service to Armenian higher education and world peace at a dinner March 17. Der Yeghiayan, president of Mashdots College in Glendale since 1992, served as president/dean of the American Armenian International College at the University of La Verne from 1978 to 1992. WHITTIER – The Friends of the Sorensen Library-Whittier will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 11405 Rosehedge Drive. The support group is seeking new members. The group has primarily worked to expand the 1,048-square-foot facility. Angie Castro, a field deputy for county Supervisor Gloria Molina, will be at this week’s meeting. For more information, call (562) 699-7555. Auto Club event to celebrate clients WHITTIER – Automobile Club of Southern California invites members to “Member Appreciation Day” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 and 15 at the Auto Club’s Whittier office, 16041 Whittier Blvd. The celebration will be held at the Verdugo Hills Country Club in Glendale. Tickets are $65 per person and must be purchased by Saturday. For tickets, or for more information, call Anna Mehrabyan, (818)548-9345 from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. Monday through Friday. Sign-ups for youth volleyball ending LA MIRADA – The registration period for the spring youth volleyball league for children 9 to 14 years old will end Friday. A birth certificate or copy must be presented at the time of registration. The fee is $50. Games are played Sunday afternoons at the La Mirada Community Gymnasium, 15105 Alicante Road. For more information, (562) 902-2938. Arbor Day activity planned next week WHITTIER – The city’s annual Arbor Day celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. The celebration will be marked by a tree-planting ceremony and a presentation of a Tree City U.S.A. award by the county Fire Department’s Forestry Division, the 23rd consecutive year Whittier has won the award. For more information, call (562) 484-3375. Grief counseling offered to youths LA MIRADA – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will offer a grief support program for families with youths ages 5 to 17. The “I Count Too” program will offer counseling, education and community outreach to encourage children to grieve losses and celebrate life and living. The program will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. once a week over a five-week period, beginning March 13, at 15060 Imperial Highway, La Mirada. The program is free of charge but pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call (562)947-3668 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Monday through Friday. – From staff report160Want 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


Redondo to take on Los Alamitos

January 3, 2020

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first_imgMary Star 3, St. Matthias 0: Robin Skale had eight kills and five aces in a 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 win at St. Matthias. Mary Star is 2-0. Girls tennis Della Taylor swept her singles sets as host Redondo held off South Torrance, 10-8, in a nonleague match. Redondo is 2-0. South is 0-2. In another nonleague match … West Torrance 11, Lynwood 7: Eunice Na won two of three singles sets to lift host West (1-1).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services For the third year in a row, the Redondo girls volleyball team will meet Los Alamitos in the Gahr Tournament final. Redondo dispatched Long Beach Poly, 25-19, 25-16, 25-14, in a semifinal Monday at Gahr High and will take on Los Alamitos on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Gahr. Los Alamitos won the first meeting two years ago, and Redondo won the match last season. Megan Saraceno led Redondo with 11 kills and five digs. Jessica Kalama had eight kills and five digs. Taylor Moore added seven kills, Lara Dykstra had nine digs and Lauren Allen had 24 assists for Redondo (4-0). Poly fell to 3-1. Flintridge Sacred Heart 3, North Torrance 1: Ilyanna Hernandez had 22 kills and 16 digs, but North (2-2) lost a 26-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-22 decision in the fifth-place semifinals at Mayfair. South Torrance 3, Valley Christian 1: Neda Ghafourian and Shannon Roberts each had 10 kills in a 25-12, 25-9, 16-25, 25-23 win in the 12th-place semifinals at St. Joseph’s. Torrance 3, La Salle 1: Chelsea Tupuola had 13 kills and four aces in a 14-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 fourth-round win at Mayfair. Torrance is 2-2. Downey 3, West Torrance 2: Laura Day had 22 kills, four aces and 17 digs, but West (2-2) fell, 25-17, 11-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-9, in the fourth round at Cerritos. In a nonleague match … last_img read more


Juventus will allow Premier League target to leave this summer

December 27, 2019

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first_img1 The Brazilian right-back has expressed his desire to leave the Italian giants Juventus have agreed Dani Alves can leave the club this summer and talks are under way to secure an early release from his contract.The Brazilian right-back, formerly of Barcelona, has been widely linked with a possible switch to Manchester City.And Alves will be clear to make his next career move providing an arrangement can be struck for his exit from Juventus, the Italian champions confirmed.Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said on Wednesday, according to Tuttosport: “We’re not talking about a breakdown in the relationship, it’s motivation that is fundamental for players.“Alves has realised he has a desire to try a new experience, so we’re trying to reach a mutual termination of his contract and we wish him good luck.“There’s certainly sadness because of what’s been said, but I can confirm there’s been no breakdown in our relationship.”Alves joined Juventus from Barcelona 12 months ago, signing an initial two-year contract with the option for a third year.In a campaign interrupted by a broken leg sustained in November, the 34-year-old helped the club win the Scudetto and finish runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League.last_img read more


WILL OF LATE DONEGAL MILLIONAIRE HUGH GREEN DECLARED INVALID

December 22, 2019

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first_imgThe will of late Donegal man Hugh Green has been declared invalid by the High Court in New Zealand in a major victory for his eldest daughter in a fight for control of his $400 million empire.The late Hugh Green.Green died, aged 80, in 2012 and had been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to philanthropy six months before he passed away.The empire he built over decades included the Hugh Green Group, a family-owned property company, and the Hugh Green Foundation, a charitable organisation that supports causes such as medical research or individuals living with disabilities or serious illness. The philanthropist’s eldest daughter, Maryanne, had been chief executive of the Green Group but she left the business in the 12 months before her father died.Hugh Green’s final will dated April 2012 – signed months before he died – added two of his five children, John and Frances Green, and lawyer Michael Fisher as executors.This small change had a big impact as the executors have power of appointment for the trusts that control the entire Green Group.The year after her father’s death Maryanne brought action in the High Court at Auckland challenging the validity of the new will. She also challenged her father appointing John, Frances and Fisher to Green Group trusts and as directors of Group companies while removing her from both of these positions.She argued he did not have the capacity to understand the effects and implications of these moves and that his exercise of power was caused by the undue influence of John and/or Fisher.QC Harry Waalkens said the decision would be appealed. Speaking on behalf of Hugh Green’s wife Moira and children Frances, John, Gerard and Eamonn he said they felt “bound to fight to see their father’s wishes respected”.In a 197-page decision released publicly today, Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that Hugh was subject to undue influence when he executed his final will.“It follows that the will is invalid,” the judge said. Justice Winkelmann said Maryanne failed to establish that her father lacked capacity when exercising powers to appoint John, Frances and Fisher as trustees or directors and removing her.But the judge found that when Hugh removed Maryanne as a trustee and voted to remove her as a director he was subject to undue influence by his son John “such that he was not exercising his own free will when exercising those powers and making those decisions”.This was also the case when Hugh appointed Fisher as a trustee and voted to appoint him as a director, she said.The judge also said that resolutions by three trusts appointing John and Frances as directors were not validly passed. “I have also held that grounds are made out for the removal of John and Frances as trustees on the grounds that the level of hostility they feel and exhibit toward Maryanne and [her daughter] Alice is sufficient to undermine the execution of the trusts for the benefit of all beneficiaries,” Justice Winkelmann said.The practical effect of these findings are expected to be known when Justice Winkelmann releases a set of orders that were discussed in the High Court at Auckland this week.WILL OF LATE DONEGAL MILLIONAIRE HUGH GREEN DECLARED INVALID was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHugh GreenNew Zealandwilllast_img read more


15,000 children waiting for hospital care across West and North-West

December 21, 2019

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first_imgThe health service has been sharply criticised for ‘failing’ the thousands of children who are waiting for hospital care with the Saolta University Health Care Group.Newly published data revealed that there are now 15,167 children waiting for treatment in Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal public hospitals.The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) is calling for “full transparency” on the numbers of children waiting, as acute public hospitals such as Letterkenny University Hospital do not publish stand-alone data on children. Nationally, there is now a total of 117,000 children waiting for hospital care in Ireland.IHCA President, Dr. Donal O’Hanlon said the figures are hugely worrying:“The early years in a child’s life are both short and critically important to their lifelong health and development. Our health service is failing them during these essential, formative years.“That over 15,000 children, equivalent to the entire population of Castlebar, are now waiting for hospital care across the region’s acute public hospitals, is hugely worrying. The figure also excludes the hundreds of additional children from the wider West and North-West regions waiting for care at Children’s Hospitals in Dublin. “The fact that this information is not published on a regular basis does not make the agonising wait for children and their families any less real or less damaging for the children whose healthy development is on hold.”Dr. O’Hanlon added: “The solution lies in addressing our acute public hospital bed shortages and the ongoing consultant recruitment crisis which are both adding to the long waiting lists faced by our children.“Minister Harris must now commit to publishing data each month on the number of children waiting for hospital care. We cannot meaningful address the impact of tens of thousands of children waiting for care unless there is transparency on the full extent of the problem.”15,000 children waiting for hospital care across West and North-West was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Elect Obama, Get Embryonic Stem Cells

December 19, 2019

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first_imgPresident Obama is about to fulfill of his campaign promises: lifting restrictions on creating new embryonic stem cell lines (see Fox News).  The question now is, are they really needed?  They have yet to show any successes, while adult stem cells are enjoying an accelerating boom of amazing discoveries that could provide hope for some of mankind’s worst disorders.(Note: ESC = embryonic stem cells, ASC = adult stem cells).Muscular dystrophy:  Children and adults plagued by the muscle-wasting malady of muscular dystrophy may now have hope thanks to adult stem cells.  PhysOrg and Science Daily both reported advances in treatment in mice that may soon be applicable to humans, using bone marrow stem cells.  The treatments, being studied at University of New South Wales in Australia, may also be applicable to regrowing tissues of the liver, pancreas and brain.Organ regeneration:  Stanford researchers are making progress generating whole organs from ASC.  They are finding that with the proper scaffold and an oxygen supply, adult stem cells from fat tissues and bone marrow can be coaxed into growing new organs.  “In the near future, the researchers believe that the stem cells in the tissue could be induced to become an internal, living factory of healthy, specialized cells churning out proteins missing in people with conditions such as hemophilia or diabetes,” the article encouraged.  “In the long run, they hope to encourage the cells to become entire transplantable organs such as livers or pancreases.”Stroke:  PhysOrg reported that neural stem cells may be able to reduce the damage from strokes.Clean induction:  Viruses are no longer necessary as vectors to induce somatic cells into pluripotency.  A major advance announced in Science Daily has been made at Mt. Sinai Hospital that “accelerates stem cell technology and provides a road map for new clinical approaches to regenerative medicine.”  Dr. Andreas Nagy, the lead researcher said, “This new method of generating stem cells does not require embryos as starting points and could be used to generate cells from many adult tissues such as a patient’s own skin cells.”ESC is not completely without promise.  Science Daily reported that embryonic stem cells are being studied to see if they can grow neurons.  This may have application to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the disorder that afflicts Stephen Hawking.  The work appears to be very preliminary.  Though they were able to tease ESC-derived products to mimic properties of diseased motor neurons, no cells have been transplanted into animals or humans.    In a letter to Nature this week,1 however, a researcher at University of Basel urged caution on human trials with ESC-derived neurons.  Injection will be difficult, and the results hard to assess, he said.  We don’t know yet if the treatment will make matters worse.  His final paragraph warned,Given the controversy over the use of human ES cells in some countries, it is to be hoped that the triumphant announcement of the approval of this clinical trial will not prove to be a prime-time setback.  Regenerative medicine using human ES cells is an exciting prospect, but the field still needs time to mature.  The primary concern of scientists involved in stem-cell research is not to satisfy the short-term expectations of analysts and investors, but to improve public health with the help of innovative, safe treatments.Speaking of safety, a medical doctor had some horror stories to tell of cancerous tumors resulting from ESC treatments.  In “Why Embryonic Stem Cells Are Obsolete,” in US News, Dr. Bernadine Healy said the setbacks using embryonic cells, and the successes of ASC and iPS render ESC research superfluous.  She reminds readers that Bush did not create a new policy, but merely reaffirmed a decision Clinton had made preventing federal money for creation of new lines of human embryos for research purposes.  “Reversing the executive orders of two prior presidents on embryo creation, which even the Congress has been unwilling to tackle, is a far bigger issue than lifting the ban on the use of IVF embryos slated for destruction,” she concluded.  “Obama stands for transparency, and it’s important for him to make sure the public understands his decision, including that all stem cells are not the same or created equally.”  Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council calls the impending action by Obama a “Deadly Executive Order.”  Arguing that it is unethical to use human life, even young embryonic life, to advance science, Perkins said this action “is a slap in the face to Americans who believe in the dignity of all human life.”  Adult stem cells have been used to treat patients with 70 diseases and conditions, he said, while ESC experiments “represent the poorest stem cell science.”  While such research is “unfortunately legal,” he argued that “taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for experiments that require the destruction of human life.”Update 03/09/2009: Fox News reported that Obama signed the executive order, calling the old rules a “false choice” between science and morality.  His order “will not open the door for human cloning,” the article claimed.  Obama called such action “dangerous” and “profoundly wrong.”  Ethicists fear that treating human embryos from IVF as commodities will cheapen human life and make it easier to enact more dangerous policies the next time scientists claim they need something.1.  Yves Barde, “Caution urged in trial of stem cells to treat spinal-cord injury,” Nature 458, 29 (5 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/458029a.Why are scientists continuing to demand ESC when ASC (12/17/2008) provides all the benefits for eliminating human suffering, without the ethical and moral problems?  Why do they demand the government feed their lust with taxpayer dollars?  There seems to be more than logic going on here.  One plausible reason is that they want to assert authority over what constitutes science.  They don’t want any government telling them what they can or cannot do.  And since the pro-life and religious crowd has been standing in their way, their pride may be motivating them to give their old enemies another bullying shove.    President Bush was persistently criticized for “politicizing science” (which means, in their tortured logic, exercising his constitutional power over what taxpayer money can be spent on).  Remember that scientists were never forbidden from working on ESC research; the only restriction was on federal funding for new stem cell lines.  They had unlimited access to ESC lines from before 2001, and could use any private funds they wanted for cutting up human embryos (see NIH Stem Cell Policy document).  Start the violins playing; it was just too inconvenient for researchers to keep two separate accounts, one for their federal funds, and one for their private funds.  They are clamoring like every other irresponsible business these days for a federal bailout.    Bush tried to explain why he did not feel it was appropriate to use taxpayer money to fund research that many found morally objectionable.  For that, he endured scathing criticism from scientific elitists for “mixing politics with science.”  Does the hideous unrighteousness of this begin to sink in?  Of course federally-funded science is political.  If taxpayer money is going to be spent on research, the people paying the bill have the right, through their elected representatives, to have a say about it.  Big Science treats it like a divine right to dictate to the rest of us what they want to do with our money.  That’s why Feyerabend saw science as a threat to democracy; you have these oligarchs telling the populace what to do, hiding their agenda behind incomprehensible jargon.    If ESC research were so promising of success, you can be sure corporate sponsors would be lined up to support it.  Instead, Big Science politicized it by shmoozing political hacks to write initiatives wooing the voters in California and Michigan (10/15/2008) to cough up billions of dollars for ESC institutes.  These were promoted with misleading ads suggesting that miracle cures were right around the corner.  Commercials played on their heartstrings with disabled celebrities making it sound like cutting up human embryos was the epitome of compassion.  After the damage was done (a $3 billion obligation on top of California’s economic meltdown), we are told that any treatments may be years, or decades away, if at all.  Now that Obama is enthusiastically caving in to the scientific oligarchy (01/31/2009, 01/20/2009), one of his prime voting blocks (09/28/2008), do California voters get their $3 billion back?  A better bet would be to wait for aliens to land with Elvis bringing Earth the ultimate diet.    Citizens must be alert to what is going on.  This issue is much bigger than promises about miracle cures.  It bears on questions of the nature of human life, the nature of science (11/25/2008, 11/08/2008, 07/24/2008), and the nature of democracy (01/07/2009).  The public is rapidly losing a voice in these vital issues as science oligarchs raid their pocketbooks.  If you think you can trust scientific experts to provide objective, rational, disinterested voices when billions of dollars are at stake, get real.  Don’t take our word for it.  Look what Charles Krauthammer wrote in the Washington Post.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more