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Super Sinead losing her locks for little Conall

first_imgA kind-hearted Letterkenny girl is about to lose her long wavy locks for a very special cause.Sinead Shiels, aged 10, is about to get her biggest haircut yet in a sponsored challenge for the High Five for Conall fund.The 4th class schoolgirl was only too happy to lend a helping hand to the fundraiser for Letterkenny boy Conall Shiels and his family. The fund aims to raise €55,555 to adapt the Shiels’ family home for Conall’s high complex needs before his fifth birthday. Sinead is hoping to raise around €1,000 – and she’s well on her way to the target already!Sinead Shiels, aged 10. Northwest NewspixSinead had always wanted to do something good with her beautiful long flowing hair. She jumped at the chance to help Conall, who she knows from playing sport with his sister Cara.Her mum Lisa Shiels told Donegal Daily: “Sinead was originally growing her hair for the Rapunzel Foundation and it was just never long enough.“When I said to her why don’t we cut it for Conall she was all for it. She said ‘yeah, let’s go!’” Since then, Sinead has been stunned by the level of support for her haircut.Lisa said: “She can’t believe so many people have sponsored her, she thought it would be just family but the amount of people who have given money has been brilliant.”Sinead currently has sponsorship cards at Kernan’s Spar, Lower Main Street Letterkenny and Mr Chippie at the Station Roundabout.The big chop has been scheduled for 30th March and Sinead is delighted to know her charity challenge will benefit not just Conall, but another deserving child elsewhere.Sinead’s hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have lost hair due to cancer treatment or other conditions. With two great causes benefitting from her challenge, Sinead really is a cut above the rest!Many fundraisers are taking place across Letterkenny in support of High Five For Conall, check out the campaign page on @highfiveforconall to find out more.Super Sinead losing her locks for little Conall was last modified: March 22nd, 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)Tags:conall shielsHaircutHigh Five for Conallsinead shielslast_img read more

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Sociology of Science: the IPCC Case

first_imgClimate change is off-topic for evolution news, but what is taking place in this internationally-potent paradigm is instructive.  Its troubles provide fodder for several extra-scientific disciplines: the philosophy of science, the history of science, the rhetoric of science, and the sociology of science.  Lessons from the IPCC case can inform citizens about current scientific practices in general – especially highly politicized sciences like evolution.    What the world is witnessing in the IPCC case is astonishing – perhaps unprecedented.  Within a few months, a solid international consensus has unraveled.  It began days before a huge international conference in Copenhagen that was to impose draconian measures on world governments to curb carbon emissions.  Emails leaked or stolen revealed something rotten at the IPCC, the international clearinghouse for climate science.  Climate skeptics immediately smelled blood; their criticisms went viral on the internet.  It didn’t help that Copenhagen suffered one of its coldest winters as politicians traipsed through the snow and cold to figure out how to fight global warming.  Relevant or not, the irony was not lost on the public.    At first, the response of the scientific community to the Climategate email scandal was to circle the wagons, underestimate the scandal’s impact, and blame the naysayers for their ignorance of the scientific facts.  But then, additional scandals came to light, exposing failures in peer review, lapses in scholarship, and evident conflicts of interest.  The disconnect between Big Science’s overconfidence and public skepticism has been growing steadily to the point where even staunch supporters of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) are calling for deep reforms.  Here are a few recent data points in the ongoing saga.American opinion about global warming is cooling, reported Science Daily.The BBC News, originally in the wagon circle, has lately been more open about reporting breaches of ethics that have eroded public confidence in climate science.The BBC News, at first supportive of the IPCC, reported that the University of East Anglia where the scandal erupted “breached data laws” by withholding data when it was requested by skeptical scientists.  The article acknowledged that the incident caused damage to the public interest.  The university manipulated and suppressed data in a way that was “at odds with acceptable scientific practice.”The journal Nature, originally in a huff over climate skeptics, has started printing some papers that are not as confident about AGW, such as this paper Jan 28 that considered degrees of climate feedback throughout the medieval period.Science Daily reported that stratospheric water vapor turns out to be a “climate wild card,” affecting climate models in unexpected ways.Science Magazine on Jan 29 printed an interview with IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri when calls for his resignation were heating up.  The magazine allowed him free rein to defend himself against allegations, which he did rather brusquely, but the interviewer questions seemed a little worried.On Feb 2, Nature acknowledged that the IPCC has been “flooded with criticism” and took note that some of the criticisms, including data flaws and conflicts of interest, are not easily dismissable.BBC commentator Malini Mehra said that “The Copenhagen Climate Accord was a failure of historic proportions that is hardly worth the paper it is printed on.”  The meetings led to a chaos of competing national self-interests.BBC commentator Roger Harrabin has been growing more vocal about reform.  On Feb 1 he called for embracing uncertainty rather than pretending that the consensus science is settled.  On Feb 3 he discussed problems at the IPCC and entertained reasons why its leader should resign.Richard Black’s commentaries for the BBC News have been evolving.  From initial overconfidence, he has been having to admit the scientific consensus is taking a beating.  He acknowledged on Feb 5 that skepticism is rising in the UK, noting several prominent British commentators speaking out and polls showing public discontent with the IPCC.This week Science Magazine reported on the latest scandal, the misinformation about melting glaciers.  The magazine also printed an Editorial preaching about the need for integrity in science.News outlets that a month ago seemed sold out to the AGW consensus are now showing some courage to give skeptical stories favorable press.  Today, Science Daily printed a story that estimates of melt from Alaskan glaciers were largely overestimated, and another Science Daily article questioned scientists’ knowledge about orbital forcing: “The notion that scientists understand how changes in Earth’s orbit affect climate well enough for estimating long-term natural climate trends that underlie any anthropogenic climate change is challenged by findings just published.”  See also the 12/19/2009 entry about cave proxies.Another day, another embarrassment: PhysOrg reported that the Dutch found an inaccurate statement in the IPCC’s 2007 report, claiming that half of the Netherlands is below sea level.  “No evidence could be found to show the claim had been published in a peer-reviewed journal and reports in Britain have said the reference came from green group the WWF [World Wildlife Federation], who in turn sourced it to the New Scientist magazine.”  Normally, scientific findings flow the other direction.New Scientist, a cheerleader for the IPCC, nevertheless called to “Let the sunshine in” and embrace open debate, including dialogue with bloggers and skeptics.  Notice how the editorial even suggested the possibility a naked emperor on the loose:Some argue that the views of an untutored blogger, or even a scientist from another discipline, should never carry the same weight as those of someone with a lifetime’s expertise in a relevant field.  But if occasionally the emperors of the lab have no clothes, someone has to say so.  The wider review of science made possible by the blogosphere can improve science and foster public confidence in its methods.  Scientists should welcome the outside world in to check them out.  Their science is useless if no one trusts it.AfricaGate: Now another widely-quoted factoid about global warming has come under attack: that North Africa’s crop production would drop by 50% by 2020.  The Times Online reported Feb 7 there was no basis in the IPCC report for such a claim, but it had been quoted by the IPCC chairman and by the UN Secretary-General.  “A leading British government scientist has warned the United Nations’ climate panel to tackle its blunders or lose all credibility,” the article began.These are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.  Time and space do not allow coverage of the torrent of articles dealing with the question: how reliable is the consensus about global warming?  What does this tell us about scientific practice?  It goes without saying that the skeptics are having a field day: sites like Climate Depot and SEPP are rushing to put out all the hot news with unmasked glee.  But when even the ardent supporters of the consensus are calling for reforms and resignations, and are starting to print scientific papers challenging the consensus, it’s a hint that this is big.  It may just turn out to put the Revolution back in Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the 1962 book that launched whole disciplines devoted to critically analyzing knowledge generation in science.    Creationists and leaders of the intelligent design movement are, for the most part, siding with the skeptics.  Several commentators on the ID blog Uncommon Descent have joined the war dance, especially Barry Arrington and Andrew Sibley.  Moderator and ID leader William Dembski noted that Whistleblower Magazine, a publication of conservative World Net Daily, made the climate scandals a centerpiece of its latest issue, “Hijacking Science.”  The subtitle gives the flavor of the issue: “From ‘global warming’ to biology to psychology to sociology, blatant corruption of science is running rampant.”  At least four of the articles in the issue deal with evolution. This commentary is not taking sides on AGW, since it is off-topic.  But there are important lessons here for all of science.  It goes without saying that scientists are only human, but that’s the problem: scientists are only human.  They have emotions, biases, friends, enemies, likes, dislikes, habits and weaknesses like the rest of humanity.  They are also not omniscient.  We are taught that the methods of science and peer review overcome these limitations, and produce knowledge that is reliable, progressive and relevant to nature as it really is.  Oh?  That is so 1930s.  It may still be taught in middle schools and high schools, but the philosophy of science has been quite literally revolutionized since the 1950s and 60s.  Kuhn’s book in particular launched or re-invigorated several disciplines that began to analyze scientific practice more critically:History of Science changed from describing science’s march of progress to a different realization: that scientific knowledge itself is historical in character – i.e., it changes over time.  Ideas claimed to be scientific facts in one generation can be fundamentally modified or overturned in the next.Sociology of Science: Kuhn’s description of science as a guild locked in a paradigm led to renewed attempts to examine the human element of knowledge generation: the cliques, reinforcements, shared beliefs, taboos and other non-empirical aspects that influence conclusions in scientific institutions.  Some took on the project of analyzing science scientifically, going into labs to describe the way scientists work in the way they would investigate a tribal culture.  Postmodernism overlapped with these efforts.  For sources on the history and sociology of science, see the 12/19/2009 and 04/18/2009 Resources of the Week.Rhetoric of Science sprang up as a discipline after Kuhn to tackle the rhetorical character of scientific claims.  How do scientists frame their theories?  How do they communicate them to the public?  To what extent do analogies, projection themes and shared language modes influence not only what scientists believe, but what direction science should go?  In addition, how is rhetoric employed in scientific controversies?  For sources on rhetoric of science, see the 11/21/2009 and 03/28/2009 Resources of the Week.The current hubbub over climate science could calm down, with the consensus stabilizing itself again, or we could witness its collapse.  If the latter, the public image of science as objective and reliable could be severely damaged.  To be true, the IPCC is a somewhat unique case.  It is a centralized body invested with a special role for a single research domain.  Nevertheless, all the major scientific organizations and nations placed unquestioned trust in its reports, because they assumed its methods guaranteed objectivity.  Look at their initial knee-jerk reaction to skeptics.  It was not just the IPCC, but Nature, Science, PNAS, the media, and a host of non-governmental organization that treated the AGW consensus as truth and the IPCC reports as revelation from heaven (the atmosphere, that is).  Skeptics were treated as outsiders and pariahs.  The resemblance to the Darwin consensus is apt.    Most likely, there will be some bandage reforms to the IPCC peer review process, some individuals will step down, some new regulations will be passed, and journal editors will be a little more careful for awhile.  Then old habits will return.  Remember the Hwang scandal?  Remember the calls for major reforms in peer review? (02/05/2006)  Like last New Year’s resolutions, much of that soul-searching has been forgotten.  Scientists, after all, are only human.    Those watching this climate scandal perceptively should be alert to the degree to which non-empirical forces shape widely held beliefs in scientific institutions.  The institutions of science must be distinguished from the ideals of science.  As with labor unions, the ideals of protecting worker’s rights often get lost in the politics, corruption and self-interest of the party leadership.  Don’t think for a minute that just because Big Science owns the institutions and journals and political power when they trumpet allegiance to Darwin and hatred of intelligent design, they have an inside track on knowledge.  It’s no coincidence that the same liberal, progressive mentality that dominates Big Labor also dominates Big Science.  The Law of Nature most apropos to climate science, UN science and origins science comes from Political Science: Power Corrupts.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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2010, the media and more bicycle accidents

first_img11 April 2008George Bernard Shaw once said that newspapers are “unable to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization”.South Africa would do well to consider this whenever its ability to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup is called into question. No sooner had South Africa secured the rights to host the event (after a gruelling six-year campaign) than the rumblings started. As far back as 2006, we heard about the “contingency plans” and rumours that Australia was in the running to step in as hosts.Ironically, it took an Australian to put the situation into perspective: “At the moment, people are comparing the finished product in Germany and the current product in South Africa, and that is grossly unfair,” said Michael Palmer, the former head of Fifa’s operations in South Africa.Two recent UK media reports have again stirred up a hornet’s nest. The first stated that local Premier Soccer League matches were being played after midnight “because power for the floodlights cannot be guaranteed before that time”.The second – just a week ago – claimed that Fifa had been forced to build a £400-million contingency fund to cater for the possible collapse of the 2010 World Cup. A newspaper quoted a source as saying that “the problem is they need 10 stadiums and some of these are rugby grounds that are run-down and in a very bad condition”.Fifa demanded a retraction, saying it is public knowledge that reserves are built among other reasons to be able to cope with a World Cup cancellation, “and we have never made any reference to 2010 in particular”.In a recent media interview, Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said there was only one way to deal with South Africa’s detractors: “We have to say nothing to them. We have to continue to do hard work, to show the state of readiness.”Irrespective of how South Africa’s 2010 preparations continue to unfold over the next two years, the chances are that we’re in for a rough ride in terms of international media coverage.Certainly, we face formidable problems and challenges – like the hosts of other mega events – but nobody can question the extraordinary progress that has been made to achieve the goals that were set out when we began this challenge.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Michelle Kaufmann’s Segue

first_imgLast May, after Michelle Kaufmann announced that economic pressures forced her to shut down her company, Michelle Kaufmann Designs, she suggested she’d apply her experience producing single-family, green modular homes to other categories of sustainable design.That in fact seems to be what is happening. Kaufmann in September sold the assets of her firm mkDesigns – which included the green modular-home designs for Glidehouse, mkLotus, and Sunset Breezehouse – to prefab specialist Blu Homes, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, and until February worked with the company as it incorporated the designs into its product line. (On Wednesday, Blu announced the launch of its first two-story home, called Blu | Evolution, which the company is presenting as a “spacious green home suitable for private residences, schools or institutional housing or green developments.”)A different pathOn the blog page of Michelle Kaufmann Studio, her design consultancy, Kaufmann notes that she has been designing single-family homes, eco-resorts, and multifamily communities – most of which use modular construction, though some are site-built. The thread running through all these projects, she says, is the one that helped define mkDesigns: a commitment to sustainable designs that are “healthy, smart, efficient, and conserve water and other natural resources.”“I refuse to give up on the vision that so many have invested so much into. However, I am doing it in a different way,” she writes in her most recent blog post, adding that her consultancy “will be launching new green prefab designs in the upcoming months (more on that soon…). I am also consulting with a few companies who share a similar vision and are at a scale to pull off volume and make a big impact.”We’ll stay tuned.last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh to seek ₹11,861 crore from Centre as flood aid

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh government is going to seek a special assistance of ₹11,861 crore from the Centre for flood relief in the State. As many as 8,000 villages in 36 of the 52 districts of the State had been battered by excess rain. The 33% more-than-normal monsoon has so far claimed 220 lives, and prompted shifting of 50,000 people to relief camps.More than 22 lakh farmers had been affected as their crops over 24 lakh hectares was destroyed due to rain. Based on the preliminary assessment, the damage to crops had been pegged at ₹9,600 crore, said Law Minister P.C. Sharma here on Wednesday. “Already, ₹325 crore was extended as relief to farmers,” he said. “While the Prime Minister was celebrating his birthday at the Sardar Sarovar Dam, thousands were drowning here. We may even approach court if our request is denied,” he said. On September 16, Mr. Tomar had written to Chief Minister Kamal Nath directing his attention to flood in the Chambal river which had affected Morena, his constituency, and Sheopur district. Due to excess rain in a few hours, the inflow in the Gandhi Sagar Dam rose to 16 lakh cusecs from 3.5 lakh cusecs, and this caused flooding in the backwaters of the Chambal river. Record rainfallMeanwhile, at 168.89 centimetres Bhopal had received the highest rain during the southwest monsoon since 1980, said IMD scientist G.D. Mishra.last_img read more

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LOOK: Estranged ex-Celtics teammates Pierce, Allen ‘bury the hatchet’

first_imgAllen, on the other hand, went on to capture another NBA title in South Beach before calling it quits.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters WATCH: ’08 Celtics squad bares dispute with Ray Allen Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NU rolls to 2nd wincenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The estranged former comrades posed for a photo together, while appearing at the Super Penguin Basketball Celebrity Game at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China over the weekend.“Time to get the band back together,” “The Truth” wrote on Instagram, tagging the rest of the “Big 4” members, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.“No matter what happen we all formed a special bond that can never b broken,” he added, using the hashtags #burythehatchet and #onceacelticalwaysaceltic.Meanwhile, the pair have both walked away  from the NBA, with Pierce recently signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Celtics.NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next seasonADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul After winning an NBA Championship together in 2008, former Boston Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did not have an amicable parting of ways, as the latter left for the Miami Heat in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut after admitting “being hurt” by the sharpshooter’s decision to jump ship during an appearance on  TNT’s “Area 21” back in May, it seems that Pierce has let bygones be bygones and reunited with Allen.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Valdano Real Madrid Isco must resolve their problems

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano urged the club to find a way to resolve the “lost” Isco’s struggles in privateThe Spanish playmaker has found himself out of favour under manager Santiago Solari this season, despite being a prominent member of the Real squad that’s won the Champions League for the past three seasons.Isco’s problems with Solari appear to not be reaching an end anytime soon after the Argentine left him as an unused substitute in Real’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis on Sunday.The 26-year-old hasn’t started a single league game since Solari first took charge of Los Blancos from Julen Lopetegui in October.Now Valdano believes that action must be taken in regards to Isco in a private manner.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“A year ago, the great hopes of Real Madrid were Isco and [Marco] Asensio,” Valdano told Onda Cero.“One has been lost along the way and the other is under observation.“Everyone knows that something is wrong with Isco, but nobody knows what is happening. It should be solved in private. Cristo Gonzalez played ahead of Isco [against Betis] – this is a serious problem.“I suppose it is something that is talked about within the club. Isco must do some soul-searching.”Real Madrid will next take on Leganes on Wednesday in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie with a 3-0 aggregate lead.last_img read more

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