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Half-time: Tottenham 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgChelsea are playing without a recognised striker at White Hart Lane but still managed to cause problems for Tottenham in the first half.Blues boss Jose Mourinho dropped Diego Costa and deployed Eden Hazard in a central role up front.Hazard responded impressively and headed over from Oscar’s cross as Mourinho’s side enjoyed a spell of pressure.Pedro has also been lively for the visitors and went close with a firm strike from near the edge of the penalty area.At the other end, Son Heung-min had a good chance for Spurs but his header from Harry Kane’s cross was saved by keeper Asmir Begovic, who also kept out an effort from Moussa Dembele.Chelsea, without injured skipper John Terry as well as Ramires, have defended well so far and Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas have had the upper hand in midfield.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Hazard.Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crooked Scientists Get Rehab

first_imgFor those who trust scientists, it may come as a shock that some bad apples are getting rehab.Violations of scientific ethics have skyrocketed over the last decade.  Plagiarism, falsifying data, outright fraud – these and other examples of ethical breaches have produced some notable scandals.  What should be done?  Nature on January 8 reported about a new program to rehabilitate the bad apples:With the rapid growth of misconduct cases, some scientists are worried that preventative training in research ethics might not be enough. Nor will it be possible simply to dismiss all violators from science. Scientific rehabilitation, they say, will have to become a necessary tool for research-integrity offices.This seems to be a new problem.  The US Office of Research Integrity received double the complaints from 2011 last year.  Why is that?  It’s another question, not addressed in the article.  The focus is on whether rehab works, and whether bad scientists deserve a second chance.The hero of the article is James Dubois (Saint Louis University), who is trying to make saints out of sinners with his nifty RePAIR program (Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research). “We believe that if we can equip them with certain skills, they can return to the field as very productive individuals,” he said.  Through information, informal discussions and management programs, he processes his students and funnels them back into the mainstream with a certificate of completion to potentially fool their managers.No conflict of interest there.  Dubois’ program has a $500,000 grant behind it from the National Institutes of Health, and Dubois charges $3,000 per penitent.  Let’s hope when Dubois teaches about “self-serving biases” on day one, he does it righteously.  A program like this might have more credibility if it were taught by a volunteer or a respected clergyman known for his integrity.For more articles on scientific misconduct, search on “fraud” or peruse the category “Politics and Ethics”.We hope rehab works with some, but isn’t it just like liberals to prefer rehab over punishment?  Some of Dubois’ inmates may have misappropriated thousands of taxpayer dollars, ruined others’ reputations, or garnered fame from fraud.  Dubois believes the really bad apples are only 10-15% of the ones caught.  “There there, Dr. Liar, let’s just have a group chat session to see why you committed that crime.  You couldn’t help it; it was your selfish genes.  Darwin made you do it.”What these scientists need is repentance and conversion.  Give skills to a crook, and you make him a more skillful crook.  Some of the graduates of RePAIR could easily fake penitence then take the information they gathered back to the lab, having learned how better to avoid getting caught.  Without a genuine change of heart, why not?  Dubois is not teaching repentance.  He seems to be building self-esteem.This story underscores the need for righteousness in science.  As with any other field of human endeavor, science cannot work without honest practitioners.  You cannot trust any conclusion from a scientific enterprise that condones (or doesn’t recognize) unethical behavior.  Science requires honesty and integrity—eternal values that cannot evolve.  There’s only one world view that can defend a foundation for true ethical behavior; the Judeo-Christian world view. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Input sought on SA wildlife distribution

first_img22 August 2013 The Department of Environmental Affair has invited members of the public to provide their input on maps reflecting the natural distribution range of 21 indigenous wild mammal species in South Africa. The species include impala, springbok, white rhino, eland, Cape buffalo, giraffe, kudu, black wildebeest and Cape mountain zebra. The department said earlier this month that it was developing the maps in phases, with the current set of maps including 21 indigenous mammal species “that are most commonly translocated within the wildlife industry”. Translocation of the animals is regulated in terms of both provincial and national biodiversity legislation, although factors considered in evaluating permit applications often differ between provinces. The maps are therefore expected to give clarity on the natural distribution range of South Africa’s wildlife, and to help with the evalutation of permit applications. The maps were developed based on a set of predetermined principles, including the historical distribution of species, as well as vegetation types indicate the sustainability of habitats to different species. To access the template for input submissions, and for more information on the distribution maps, follow this link. Members of the public are invited to submit their input by downloading the template and returning it via e-mail to [email protected] by 31 August 2013. Source: read more

Liberals try to allay fears of faithbased groups over summer jobs program

first_imgOTTAWA – Faith-based organizations are welcome to seek federal funding to create summer jobs for youth, the Liberal government says, but it has not budged from a new requirement that recipients demonstrate they respect a woman’s right to have an abortion.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is willing to work with churches and other religious groups that have expressed their concerns over the new application process for the Canada Summer Jobs program, which requires applicants to attest that neither their core mandate nor the job itself oppose human rights, including those related to abortion, sexual orientation and gender identity.“The aim of adding that attestation to the application form is to ensure that organizations who have those stated goals — either discrimination against minorities or removing rights from women — that federal taxpayer funding does not get directed there,” Trudeau spokesman Cameron Ahmad said Wednesday.“Other organizations, faith-based organizations who do plenty of work outside those realms, would not be affected by the attestation.”Julia Beazley, director of public policy at the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, said the Liberals are sending mixed messages.“They remain unequivocal about the attestation,” she said, “so, it’s sort of like saying, ‘You’re welcome to apply, if you decide to agree with us and check off this attestation.”Some faith-based organizations have discussed submitting an alternative attestation, such as by saying they support all charter and human rights law, but do not want to be compelled to express broad support for reproductive rights.Employment and Social Development Canada suggested such applications would be rejected outright.“The attestation is required for the application … to be considered complete and eligible for assessment,” a spokesman for the department said in an email when asked specifically what would happen if an organization submitted an alternative attestation.Matt Pascuzzo, a spokesman for Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, said federal officials have been proactively contacting organizations that have received funding through the program in the past to answer questions and field concerns about the new application process.He, too, said a workaround would not succeed.“We’ve been clear in the applicant guide that in order to proceed you have to sign or click a button that signs the attestation and that’s the way we’ve decided to go with it,” Pascuzzo said.The decision stems from a controversy last year when officials approved tens of thousands of dollars for groups opposing abortion.“The government took swift action to undertake a review of the Canada Summer Jobs program when it came to our attention that program funding was being used for jobs for young Canadians in environments that did not respect the rights of all Canadians (for example, an organization that uses summer interns to advocate against LGBTQ rights),” the departmental spokesman wrote in an email.Similar eligibility criteria — without the attestation — have been put in place for the new national youth volunteer program.But the government has gone too far in trying to achieve its goal, Beazley argued, since it could have simply changed the criteria to make it clear grants should not be used to fund jobs where the primary activity is advocating for change to existing laws.“But essentially, they have put in place a values test which requires applicants to agree with something that they don’t want to in order to be eligible — or your alternative, as they are making very clear, is just to forego the funding altogether.”The irony, Beazley suggested, is that the Liberal government would likely take no issue with many of the summer jobs hosted by religious groups.“They serve without discrimination, but they do this out of a religious ethos, out of a certain religious identity, and they are well within their rights to do that,” she said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said it is up to the government to decide what it will fund and what it will not, but it goes too far when Trudeau is trying to impose his “personal values” on the summer camps, soup kitchens and shelters that receive support from the program.“For them to have their funding jeopardized because of their own views on some of these issues, it doesn’t make sense to me,” Scheer said Wednesday in Washington.— With files from Jordan Press in Ottawa and Alexander Panetta in Washington— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Book Review Bear Grylls Survival Guide For Life

first_imgBear Grylls is no stranger to overcoming adversity in the wild, but in his new book – “A Survival Guide For Life” – the TV adventurer shows us how his hard-won skills can be adapted for those of us who aren’t usually found parachuting into dangerous situations, eating bugs and sleeping on mountaintops.Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide For Life“A Survival Guide For Life” lets us into the mind of former SAS soldier, honorary Lieutenant Commander of the Royal Navy, author of 11 books and TV host Bear Grylls, whose Man Vs Wild series has reached 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. The lessons he has learned have been hard-earned, his tales are inspiring. And in his new book, he shares some of his secrets to achieving goals and thriving in adversity.Bear Grylls’ expeditions have raised millions of dollars for children’s charities. He is Chief Scout to the Scouting Association, an Ambassador for Global Angels, Vice President for the JoLt Trust – which takes disabled and disadvantaged children on expeditions – and a supporter of Comic Relief, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Hope and Homes for Children and the ONE Campaign. Giving back is an important part of his life – a theme he explores and explains in his book.Faith is also high on the adventurer’s agenda in the book – he uses his favorite quotes from the Bible to draw strength from. The book also includes quotes from many of Bear’s heroes, including Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary, Warren Buffett and even Harrison Ford!“A Survival Guide For Life” is an easy read, and shows us how to seize every moment and opportunity to live life more fully. It is a guide to how to make every day an adventure, how to motivate ourselves when the odds stack up, and how to weather the storms life seems to throw us every day.“It is there somewhere inside you: the heart of a survivor. Courage. Tenacity. Strength. So don’t shy away from hard times, they are your chance to shine.”The book is available at and ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

John Oliver And Bruce Springsteen To Stand Up For Heroes

first_imgStand Up for Heroes, New York’s most impactful night of comedy and music, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), the star-studded occasion honors the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families.The charitable event will feature performances by Louis C.K., John Mulaney, Bruce Springsteen, John Oliver, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. Now in its 8th year, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million in funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.Tickets for Stand Up For Heroes are on sale through or Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing [email protected]“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families. Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured. We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes.”“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the eighth consecutive year for Stand Up for Heroes,” says Caroline Hirsch, Bob Woodruff Foundation board member and founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. “It’s a testament to the tireless work of everyone involved with Stand Up for Heroes and to the support of all of the great performers who have donated their time and considerable talents to this worthwhile event over the years,” Hirsch adds.last_img read more